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Unread 12-29-2005, 02:27 PM
Questions on hormone patch and surgical menopause

Hi ladies
I have a few questions. I know my doctor says that since I am 35, and am having a TAH, that she will put a hormone patch on me as soon as I am done with my surgery and that I will probably have to be on hormones for anywhere from 5 to 7 years, maybe more, maybe less. Now, is this a necessity, or can you go without??? I have heard people say they do fine without hormones too, I just don't wan't to rush in to anything, either way. Not sure!!!!!!!
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Unread 12-29-2005, 02:51 PM
Questions on hormone patch and surgical menopause

Hi Barb!

I happen to think hormones, especially for women your age, are a good thing. You wouldn't naturally be in menopause at age 35, and chances are you wouldn't like the symptoms much. I'm 49 now (45 at the time of surgery) and can't imagine not using my hormones. I feel awful when my levels are low and super when they are right. I can do without the hot and cold flashes, vaginal atrophy and sexual dysfunction symptoms, to name a few. That's not to say everyone will have these problems, but it can and does happen.

If there is any way you can keep your ovaries that's the best way to go. If not, you're smart to research options now. There are good resources on this site in the Resource Database in the categories titled Hormone Jungle - Hormone Resources and Hormone Jungle - No Hormones. You might also want to read through articles that interest you in this link to the Hormone Article List.

I'm currently using the Vivelle Dot (an estrogen patch) as part of my hormone therapy and I'm happy with it. It's a bio-identical estrogen called estradiol and it's as natural to the body as the estrogen produced by ovaries.

I hope this helps you!

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Unread 12-29-2005, 03:43 PM
Questions on hormone patch and surgical menopause

I lost my ovaries first, so I'v been on the patch for 3 years now. I started with Climara, which was great. Since my TAH I'm on the Vivelle Dot. And other than the first week when I forgot to change it, I've had no menopausal syptoms. I was 36 when I started the HRT and my dr said he would like to see me on it till I turned 50 and would start menopause normally.

Good luck with whatever you choose.
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Unread 12-29-2005, 04:08 PM
Questions on hormone patch and surgical menopause

My surgeon let me decide when I wanted HRT, three weeks after my surgery I went on Vivelle Dot 0.1mg I"m feeling much better. I had night sweats before surgery they got worst after. Now that I'm on the patch my sweats are about once a week and only from my neck up. I use to sweat every night from my waist up. Not all surgeons will put you on HRT as soon as you come out of surgery.
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Unread 12-29-2005, 04:28 PM
Questions on hormone patch and surgical menopause

I found out yesterday that I will have a TAH. My doc said they would put me on the lowest level right after surgery. I didn't have side effects from lupron as far as menopause so she said its about the same after hyst. I'm a little concern but going to say my prayers that they will do whats best for me. Still don't have a date, looks like late feb. early march. grrrr.... more waiting.

How ya been barb???
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Unread 12-30-2005, 06:28 AM
Questions on hormone patch and surgical menopause

Thanks to all you ladies for your input!!!!! This site has helped me so much, I feel a great deal more confidence with the decisions I have made than I did before I found this site!!!!!!
Wikkedlee........I am doing pretty good, what about you??? Getting nervous as the date grows closer, but I am confident I will be a better woman for myself and for my family after recovery!!!!
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