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Unread 05-15-2006, 10:34 AM

Hello ladies. I had a total Hyst about 3 years ago. Still working my way thru the jungle. Take estrodial twice a day, progesterone once a day, zoloft 100 mg/once a day, and several vitimins. I am starting to feel pretty good but with the addition of the progesterone I am getting more and more terrified of cancer. My HRT Dr is great and has worked on getting me off the synthetic stuff onto the bioidentical but my OB/GYN does NOT want me on any progestrone because of the threat of breast cancer. I have no ovaries and no uterus, and everything I read scaries me more. I am only 38 years old and want to feel my best but also want to live a long healthy life. Any advise would be appreciated and also, are there any current studies going on testing these bioidentical and the risk. Everything I read just states "They have not been studied".

Also, any evidence that the bioindentials could feed my endometriosis more so then the synthetic?
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Unread 05-15-2006, 02:05 PM

Im 25 years, i was 24 when I had my hysterectomy. im also on estrogen, and progestrone. I was worried about cancer also since my grandma died from breast cancer. The studies I have read is you are really at greater risk if it runs in your family. In my case, Im just to young to not be on any estrogen. Me and my doctor came to the concuslion that i will monitor myself very closely. And around a few years i will make the change to come off it. I have to take progestrone because i had stage 5 endo. It one of those things I just pray every day and try to eat right, live right. Im currently, on Cenestin and Promemtruim. I was taking effexor, for mild depression but once he switched my hrt to cenestin i have took it in about month im actuall getting sleep now to. My mom, always tells me I will kill myself faster by worrying and stressing about everything. thats why I chose to live for 2day, and be thankful to see tommorrow. because tommorow is not promise to us. LOL
Unread 05-15-2006, 02:28 PM

Why do you have to take Progesterone because of the stage 5 endo. ???? Mine was mostly stage 3 -4 and it was all over the other ogans too.

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Unread 05-15-2006, 04:32 PM

I just want to drop in and say that ofen those with endo are treated with progesterone in an attempt to suppress the endo which feeds off of estrogen.

I am unaware of a stage V endo, I have stage IV myself. Because I was 25 at the time of my hyst, my dr and I felt that for my over all health, it was best for me to keep my ovaries for now. Therefore, I have not had to deal with HRT at this point; I am still researching so that I will hopefully know what is best for me when the time comes.

Here are a few links that may give you some information:
HS Endo/Adeno Resources
Progestesrone to treat endo
Endometriosis Association
Endo/Adeno: Stories of Triumph over Pain.
Diet and nutrition for endo

Have you been able to see an endometriosis specialist? As your HRT dr and your GYN are of different opinions, have you spoke to each of them about the opinion of the other?

Endo is such a tricky disease and there is can be a vast difference in opinion on how to treat women with endo--both before and after a hyst.

in there and keep talking to your drs. Another option you might consider is visiting with a gyn/oncologist. They often are familiar with treating endo and then have the added benefit of knowing more about your concerns with regard to cancer.
Unread 05-15-2006, 11:00 PM

(((Magic))) I'm not aware of any data that link natural progesterone to breast cancer. Perhaps your OB/GYN was confusing progesterone with synthetic progestins like Provera, which was implicated in the WHI study? They are not the same, though. In fact, many of us with breast cancer histories are encouraged to use progesterone to help prevent a recurrence.

You can find more information on progesterone and breast cancer in Dr. Lee's book, "What Your Doctor Might Not Tell You About Breast Cancer".

I have never heard of Stage 5 endo - that's a new one on me. Perhaps some DRs are using a different staging system than most of us are familiar with? But I agree with (((Weiser))) that progesterone is sometimes used to help prevent endo from re-growing in the presence of estrogen.

Unread 05-16-2006, 04:59 PM

Thanks so much everyone for the advise, links and reference materials. I will be checking into all this and you all made me feel a little better.

Unread 05-19-2006, 06:44 AM

Hi, I agree with Linda, I haven't seen anything about cancer and natural progesterone, it is the synthetic stuff that caused the problems.

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