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Those of you that had your ovaries removed, are you going on HRT? Those of you that had your ovaries removed, are you going on HRT?

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Unread 12-02-2007, 12:48 PM
Those of you that had your ovaries removed, are you going on HRT?

I am 39 and just had LAVH with BSO for stage 1 cancer. Now that I have no ovaries (6 days). I am wondering if I will need homone replacement therapy. Any insight would be appreciated.

Who is going on or is on HRT? How did you make the decision?

Who is not going on HRT? How did you make your decision?

When do should I start feeling the symptoms of surgically induced menopause?

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Unread 12-02-2007, 03:19 PM
Those of you that had your ovaries removed, are you going on HRT?

Hi Sharon. It is my humble opinion, and that is just what is is, an opinion, that you should definetely consider HRT. You are young yet, your bones need the estrogen to prevent oesteoporosis. And you are way too young to need to go through menopause. HRT will control the hot flashes and night sweats as well as help you feel more balanced all around. Anyway, that is just my two cents! Mindy
Unread 12-02-2007, 04:17 PM
Those of you that had your ovaries removed, are you going on HRT?

I had my surgery September 21. I started on Enjuvia the night after surgery, but went off several days later when headaches/nausea started. I tried BiEst lozenges 1mg and felt icky on those as well (queasy, headache). Went to Vivelle Dot -- headache almost right away. Ughhh. So..I said, enough. I waited a while and noticed the daily "warm fuzzies" and fatigue were getting worse. I was sweating profusely at night. So...I went with over the counter options -- Estriol cream and progesterone cream. That worked well for a few weeks, then I tried the triple-estrogen cream (OTC). That cleared up everything. I have had no side effects at all. I ran out last Thursday (and because I had a doctor's appt on Friday, didn't re-order) -- she's a BioHRT specialist, but...she cancelled at the last minute (called in sick! -- ughhh...) So, I then discovered that the NP at my current practice is very good, so I'm going to call her tomorrow. To make a long story a little shorter, I think the triple or biestrogen creams are working best for me -- with a little progesterone at night. Keeps my moods even, no sweats, good energy and just generally feeling good. The only thing I'm going to ask about it a little testosterone for the "drive" enhancement. It's been ok, but I would like it to be better.
Whew!! Probably sorry you asked, huh?
All the best
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Unread 12-02-2007, 05:28 PM
Those of you that had your ovaries removed, are you going on HRT?

Thank you both!
KLGM- I am very grateful for the information!
Unread 12-02-2007, 05:39 PM
Those of you that had your ovaries removed, are you going on HRT?

Sharon, I'm 39 (soon to be 40). I am on the Vivelle patch (0.1) and so far its been doing its job. I have had a few light headaches, but nothing like I used to get when I would take the pill for birth control! I do get mild flashes when I'm due to change my patch (2 times weekly). I've only been using it for a week now, but so far so good! I agree with justwonderin above, we are too young to go through menopause. My doc actually said I would take/use HRT until I'm around 50 and then she would wean me off of it. Sounds like a good plan to me. I am w/out both of my ovaries (actually everything is out now) I need the hormones for good overall body health.

I hope all is going well with your recovery! I can't believe tomorrow it will be 2 wks post op for me!
Unread 12-02-2007, 06:18 PM
Those of you that had your ovaries removed, are you going on HRT?

Well, I did not want to go on any HRT but, when I got home I was a wreck. I could not sleep, the sheets were so wet that I needed to put a pad under me so, the matress would not stink, night sweats oh my so, went to the store tryed to get the OTC like black kohash and on it went. Off to the Dr's office he first put me on estrogen and up the dose was going so, he put me on the patch and yes, sleeping well, no sweats and oh the hot flashes well there gone except once in a while I will get one. I must have been flooding a river of horomones. So, here I am on HRT and did not want it. I have been able now to use the patch only once a week you have to change it twice a week. So, far all is well, coming up on a year. Wow a year. How fast time flys. Well, I wish you luck in what you are going to do. For me I did not have much of a choice. If I did nothing I would have been in the funny farm for sure. Again good luck in what you decided.
Unread 12-02-2007, 06:36 PM
Those of you that had your ovaries removed, are you going on HRT?

I'm 35. I had surgey at 3:30 p.m. on 11/12/97. My doctor put me on Vivelle Dot hormone patch the morning following my surgery (around 8am). I had night sweats once. I've had zero hot flashes. The only time I felt odd was the first time I changed the patch. I went from the sample patch to the one I got via prescription from the pharmacy (it's about twice the size as the sample). I felt irritable and a little nauseous that firs time I changed the patch...and it was the night before I put the new patch on that I had the night sweat.

Anyway, after 16 years of problems...I feel better than I have in a long time. My only complaint now is some pain behind my incision for the last few days. I had not flashes, lethargy, and consistent nausea for years prior to my surgery and HRT. Since surgery and HRT, that's all resolved. I personally am a BIG fan of HRT.
Unread 12-02-2007, 07:24 PM
Those of you that had your ovaries removed, are you going on HRT?

My Doctor told me the same thing, He wants me on HRT until Im around 50 and then he will take me off gradually. Im 36 now.
Unread 12-02-2007, 08:40 PM
Those of you that had your ovaries removed, are you going on HRT?

My first post!!!!! I didn't really think about HRT following my TAH/BSO on Sept. 28, 2007. And then our world crashed in on us less than three weeks after my surgery. We found out my mother-in-law is dying and well, it wasn't expected. About the same time, I guess my body decided it needed hormones or anything. The hot flashes started. What was worse was an overwhelming depression. I didn't know if it was because we were dealing with the impending loss of a loved one, or what. When I went in for my six-week check-up, I burst out in tears as soon as the doctor walked in. I think I scared her because that's not usually the way I am. She put me on Premarin, .625 mg. She didn't tell me exactly what Premarin was and I found out on my own. I asked for something plant-based so she changed my prescription to Cenestin, .625 mg. The depression has lessened. I'm still weepy, but the sobbing jags have pretty much ended. Like my doctor said, it was major surgery followed by tremendous emotional and physical stress (we spend a total of 8 hours riding in the car to visit the in-laws at least once a week and the first couple of trips were really hard).

I am going to a bio-identical HRT specialist tomorrow to a see how I can combine exercise, diet and maybe something a little more "natural" because I'm afraid of HRT because cancer and heart disease runs in my family.

I'm anxious to find out what the bio-identical HRT doctor has to say tomorrow!

Unread 12-02-2007, 09:16 PM
Those of you that had your ovaries removed, are you going on HRT?

I am 5 days post-op and am not doing HRT. I'm 43. My Dr. wants me to wait and see how things go and then we can do HRT if I need it.

My mom and sister both do HRT and have no problems.

My many friends and acquaintances at my work and in my social life do not do HRT and they prefer it that way.

So I was fine with my Dr. saying lets wait & see what happens. I'd rather not do HRT if I am able.

So far no hot flashes or night sweats or headaches or anything. I know it has only been five days, but I'm feeling great!

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