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Unread 08-04-2007, 09:59 PM
HRT??? I'm confused

Hi there,

I have been reading and reading through the posts and I have a question about hormones.

If you get to keep your ovaries, do you need to take HRT?

I thought the answer to this was "no", however, I am reading where some women with ovaries are taking HRT too. I am confused. Is it an age thing?

I am 37 and going in for a LVH on tues. and I get to keep my ovaries. Am I going to need HRT now? I have never had a problem before. My LVH is due to a possible AVM or Trophblastic desease. I will have to wait and see which one it is after the surgery.

As the big day gets closer, I find myself getting freaked out a little more every day.
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Unread 08-05-2007, 06:59 AM
HRT??? I'm confused

Hi PacMouse!

It's normal to get more anxious as the surgery date approaches. We're here to help you every step of the way. By sharing support and experiences the hysterectomy journey is at least a little bit less scary.

It's good that you are a candidate to keep your ovaries! You may or may not notice some menopause symptoms after surgery--only time will tell if you are one whose ovaries "wake up" and function at normal capacity post-op or if they may be a bit sluggish. You'll want to let your doctor know if you're having bothersome hot flashes, night sweats, etc. that are ongoing after surgery. If you do, you can discuss with your doctor whether or not you should supplement with hormone therapy until your ovaries return to normal function. Not everyone who has a hysterectomy leaving the ovaries intact is going to have problems but as you've read, some do. I think it's good to be aware of the possibility but there's no need to worry over something that may or may not happen. That's easier said than done, I know!

I'm sending s and all best wishes for your surgery and recovery!

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