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Unread 08-06-2006, 01:47 PM
Taking estrogen after endo

I'm 4 months post-op and my dr wants me to wait 6 months post op before I start taking estrogen to starve any remaining endo. But my insomnia and hot flashes are about to make me cave and ask for estrogen. At a movie with a friend, I counted 5 full-blown hot flashes during the two hours that I was innocently sitting there watching the movie. The sleep deprivation is getting to me too. This has taken over my life. I would appreciate any information from ladies who have endo but took estrogen in the first 6 months after surgery. What did you take and how did you do on it? Thank you.
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Unread 08-06-2006, 04:12 PM
Taking estrogen after endo

Hi jemd,

I am taking estrogen (Femseven 75mcg UK ) started in October 2005 which was 8 weeks after my op.
I was on the Zoladex injection 6 weeks prior to my op to try and shrink the Endo and prepare my organs for surgery, I had all the symptoms of lack of estrogen hot flashes, lack of sleep, you name it I had it!!
My gynaecologist said he removed all the Endo but I am still a little scared in case he missed any as the estrogen I take now may feed any microscopic Endo he may have missed.
He was confident that as I was a low risk candidate for taking ERT and even with having Endo he advised me to take ERT to protect my bones as I was entering Surgical Menopause at 42 and to relieve the other symptoms aswell.
I am coming up to my first year post op and I feel fine, no pain , no periods, no anaemia and no Menopausal symptoms except a bit of weight gain but family and friends say I look better for it as I looked so drained before.

I cannot say if my Endo will return I hope not I will cross that bridge when I come to it. My intention is to only stay on the ERT for 3 to 5 years till I am nearer the Natural Menopause and then see how I cope.

I am sending you lots of as I know what you are going through.

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Unread 08-06-2006, 05:54 PM
Taking estrogen after endo

I have also had endo and went on estrogen immediately after surgery and progesterone w/in a week afterwards. I know all docs are different. If he allows it maybe you can find a homeopathic method that won't interefere?
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Unread 11-11-2006, 07:28 AM
Taking estrogen after endo

Hi jemd,

I was just wondering how you are doing 8 months post op ?

Did you decide to take Estrogen in the end ?

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Unread 11-11-2006, 02:24 PM
Taking estrogen after endo

Hello again.
No I haven't started on any hormones yet. My insomnia finally went away on its own and the hot flashes are uncomfortable, but not so much to make me run to my dr. I am going to see my gyn next month and talk it over. I still may take some estrogen and just see how much it improves my quality of life. I have an aunt with breast cancer, so I have some risk. I don't worry too much about the endo. I think it's unlikely to cause problems now. All in all, I'm doing well after 8 months and have no regrets about the hysterectomy. I'm still better off even with hot flashes.
Best wishes to you.
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