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Do I need estrogen only? Do I need estrogen only?

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Unread 07-20-2007, 11:37 AM
Do I need estrogen only?

New to posts here have been reading since b/f my surgery. Everything went!! No menopause symptoms until about week 5 post op. Hot flushes(no night sweats yet!) migranes,insomnia are the biggies. Saw my DR yesterday, put me on .9 premerain 1x a day. Is this all I need?!?! He also said my joint pains,headaches and insomnia should be addressed w/ my primary care phys. Is he passing the buck and just not wanting to help me balance out? That was the impression I was under!
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Unread 07-23-2007, 05:58 PM
Do I need estrogen only?

Good evening,

I just had a TAH and BSO. Since I had endometriosis my surgeon and dr both told me to make sure I take a HRT with estrogen and progesterone. Usually without the uterus you do not need progesterone however in people with endometriosis, estrogen can make endo grow back....which I'm sure you don't want. The progesterone blocks the endo from growing back. My doc said there always is a chance it can grow back but the progesterone drastically decreases those risks. Right now I started taking Prempro which I really like but your doc will recommend something for you I'm sure. If it's estrogen only, I'd definitley ask about adding the progesterone.

Good luck to you!
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Unread 08-16-2007, 11:12 AM
Do I need estrogen only?

I am going in hopefully next week to the Dr. She says I have to have some type of bloodwork to see if I need hormones and which ones. iI just want to be able to sleep at night and not gain anymore weight. AND get rid of these hot flashes. Like South Louisiana is not hot enough already.
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Unread 08-16-2007, 12:34 PM
Do I need estrogen only?

Some of the benefits of taking Progesterone:

1. Improved, restful sleep
2. Improved mood; reduces anxiety
3. Sustained energy
4. Relief from hot flashes and/or night sweats
5. Protects against breast, uterine and ovarian cancer
6. Stimulates bone building that can prevent or treat osteoporosis
7. Natural anti-depressant
8. Promotes calming effect, especially if you take "P" at bedtime
9. Restores cell oxygen to enhance mental acuity and memory
10. Good for heart
11. Pro-thyroid hormone
12. Stabilizes blood sugar
13. Natural diuretic

I'm sure there are more benefits of Progesterone. I just cannot think of them all.
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Unread 08-16-2007, 02:22 PM
Do I need estrogen only?

summer,

Don't think you doctor was passing the buck so much as he probably doesn't know any better

The .9 Premarin may be all you need and you may be fine with it. Or it may not...but all those symptoms definitely can be hormonally related.
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Unread 08-19-2007, 08:58 AM
Do I need estrogen only?

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Originally Posted by Hummingbird3
Some of the benefits of taking Progesterone:

1. Improved, restful sleep
2. Improved mood; reduces anxiety
3. Sustained energy
4. Relief from hot flashes and/or night sweats
5. Protects against breast, uterine and ovarian cancer
6. Stimulates bone building that can prevent or treat osteoporosis
7. Natural anti-depressant
8. Promotes calming effect, especially if you take "P" at bedtime
9. Restores cell oxygen to enhance mental acuity and memory
10. Good for heart
11. Pro-thyroid hormone
12. Stabilizes blood sugar
13. Natural diuretic

I'm sure there are more benefits of Progesterone. I just cannot think of them all.

what are the risks of taking this?
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Unread 08-19-2007, 02:46 PM
Do I need estrogen only?

Does anyone know if taking protesterone with estrogen will stop hair loss? I'm on Vivelle Dot now and I notice too much of my already thin hair on my comb. I was told that the stress from surgery can do it as well but if it's the estrogen then I want to act as soon as possible.

I don't have my uterus so can I actually take protesterone? Plus I (have?) endometriosis so I am worried about the pure estrogen.

Any insight would be greatly appreciated.

Lisa

45--tah/bso-endo and strong family history of ovarian cancer
  #8  
Unread 08-20-2007, 11:23 AM
Do I need estrogen only?

Lisa ~
I did notice when I started on Progesterone that my hair loss got better; not as much hair on the brush. Also, I had endo and have no uterus. My doctor put me on estrogen with progesterone as the progesterone helps stop the endo from coming back or growing. True? I'm not 100% sure. I don't trust doctors completely. I feel much better on the estrogen with progesterone than I did when I was on just estrogen. This is what works for me. I hope you find something that works great for you.
's
CJ
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Unread 08-20-2007, 06:34 PM
Do I need estrogen only?

Thanks for your quick reply, CJ!

It was my surgeon (an oncologist) who prescribed the 100% estrogen. I don't think he took into account the endo. When I questioned him about the increased breast cancer risk, he did not seem concerned. He even said I should stay on ERT for the next 5 years. I, like you, have removed doctors from their pedestals. I will discuss long-term plans with my regular gyn. in the near future. Besides the hair loss, I am feeling great but Iworry with what lurks beneath.

Best wishes.

Lisa

45-tah/bso--endo with strong family history of ovarian cancer
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Unread 08-21-2007, 09:18 AM
Do I need estrogen only?

I would definitely check with your gyn. It's good to get a second opinion and to double check if you are on the right medicine. I know it is recommended that we take the HRT for 5 to 10 years; as long as we are in menopause. I've been on it for almost 6 years now and know I won't quit taking it anytime soon. I hope you will be a lucky one and not get much symptoms but for me it took a little over a year before I started getting the yucky symptoms. i.e. migraines, insomnia, difficulty concentrating, etc..
Praying the best for you. Keep us updated on how you're doing.
's,
CJ
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