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Unread 01-04-2006, 12:47 PM
Results of Hormone Blood Test

So...the doctor just called to say the blood test came back with the level of 139! That's full blown menopause. What to do now. What does 139 mean? What is the normal number? I can't take HRT because of endo and smoking. What was the use of keeping the right ovary if I'm just going to go through menopause anyway. I don't know how to feel right now. Doctor suggested I start drinking soy milk or eating soy products to help with the hot flashes and night sweats. The way I'm feeling right now, I don't know how much that will help. I wasn't depressed before..but now I am.
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Unread 01-04-2006, 12:59 PM
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I'm surprised your doc said to drink soy if you are off of HRT because of endo. I cannot take any for 3 months because my endo was so bad and he said not to take any soy products due to the fact they have plant estrogens in them that would feed the left over endo cells. I'm so ready for some hormones!!!! I never thought I would say that!
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Unread 01-04-2006, 03:01 PM
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I would go look for more information in the No Hormone Desert and the Hormone Jungle. There has GOT to be some help for you....other than just Soy!!
BIG BIG HUGS TO YOU!!!
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Unread 01-05-2006, 06:16 AM
Results of Hormone Blood Test

What does that figure of 139 refer to?
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Unread 01-05-2006, 06:42 AM
Ovaries shut down-temporary?

I have a friend that takes an antidepressant because she had to stop HRT. She said it helps with the hot flashes, but I am not sure about why. I have also read on here that there are women that have their ovaries kick back in after some months, so all is not necessarily lost.
Here is a link to an article in the Post-Op articles :https://www.hystersisters.com/vb2/article_97124.htm that might help a little.
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Unread 01-05-2006, 07:23 AM
Results of Hormone Blood Test

Hi!

Your doctor should be able to explain the results of your test. Without the type of test done and the lab ranges, the number doesn't mean anything. If you call your doctor's office and ask for an explanation, someone should be able to fill you in on what the number means.

There are women who are prescribed antidepressants to help manage hot flashes. One I see mentioned a lot is Effexor. You can research and see if it's something you would feel comfortable taking.

I have read that using soy and over the counter products when endometriosis is part of the diagnosis isn't a good idea because they can have the same effects on endo as estrogen. Then again, keeping an ovary which is probably still producing some amount of estrogen is controversial in cases of endo, too.

Some doctors will prescribe progestin or progesterone in cases of endo because it can counteract the effects of estrogen on endo. It's also not uncommon, in cases of endo, to be prescribed birth control pills containing progestin (and estrogen) for hormone therapy.

There are resources on this site which you can read in the Resource Database within the category titled Road Less Traveled: Endo - Adeno. Those resources may help you have a better understanding of what's going on and what might help. I think it would be a good idea to learn all you can and discuss options with your doctor.

Meanwhile, dress in layers that are easy to remove, keep a cool drink nearby, and use a fan if it helps. Sometimes hot flashes are triggered by things such as alcohol and spicy foods, so if that's the case for you, try avoiding whatever triggers yours. You can do a Google search using "menopause pajamas" as your search terms and find sleepwear that is supposed to be good for women in menopause. Those are just a few ideas. Maybe others will reply to share what has worked for them!

I hope you get some relief soon!

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