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Too young to be without hrt? Too young to be without hrt?

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Unread 04-07-2006, 08:59 AM
Too young to be without hrt?

I would love to hear from ladies who had a hyst at a younger age and were faced with years of early menopause. What are you doing to prevent bone loss, heart problems, etc? Is it working? I'm due to start hrt in a couple weeks and am trying to see if there are any options out there. HRT scares me because of my struggle with endo. I just want to find and keep a healthy new me.
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Unread 04-07-2006, 08:20 PM
Too young to be without hrt?

Have you considered taking natural progesterone (with or without estrogen replacement)? It is supposed to inhibit the growth of endometriosis and protect against unopposed estrogen (which is very bad for those of us with a history of endometrosis). Progesterone (not synthetic progestins like Depo Prevera keep in mind) also protects our bones and even helps build bone mass. It is commonly used to treat endometriosis and also in conjunction with estrogen replacement for women with endo. My gyn tried me on it for five weeks but I was not able to tolerate it due to nausea. I have many other issues going on that probably contributed to this though. It is an option to supplement if you feel you need estrogen replacement as well. And it helps with issues like insomnia, anxiety, breast tenderness, and bloating. Something to consider. Here is an articles from the Hystersisters about progesterone for women going through surgical menopause:

Of course, there are many vitamins that are important for us to supplement with in surgical menopause also, like B complex, Omega 3 fish oil, vitamin E, vitamin C, calcium, magnesium, and vitamin D. Here are some links regarding vitamins:

I hope this info helps! I totally understand the struggle of dealing with surgical menopause and the risk of taking estrogen replacement with endometriosis. I simply couldn't stand surgical menopause myself without hrt but am now dealing with pelvic pain that may or may not be endo on it. Seems you can't win for losing! There are no easy answers and we are all so unique that our situations differ entirely. It is a very personal choice that you must weigh for yourself and decide what is right for you and what you are willing to live with and what risks you are willing to take. I hope that everything works out for you!
Unread 04-08-2006, 07:29 AM
Too young to be without hrt?

Hi Naturebound,
Thank you for the info and the great links. I didn't realize how much of a balancing act it is. You're right, we can't win. I wish you luck in this struggle too.

Take care!
Rose Garden

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