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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 12-07-2007, 12:10 PM
Those of you that had your ovaries removed, are you going on HRT?

Originally Posted by sharwm
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?

My first question to you is what type of cancer do/did you have? If it is the type that is fed by estrogen you won't be getting any estrogen. Did you see a gyn/onc or have a regular gyn do your surgery? They are really the experts on this situation. There are other types of hrt beside estrogen. Progesterone is very helpful with hot flashes, headaches, etc. Everyone is different, so be sure to ask your doctor.
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Unread 12-07-2007, 01:20 PM
Those of you that had your ovaries removed, are you going on HRT?

Well, I am not sure if I should be posting here or not since my surgery was six months ago. I had a TAH/BSO on May 17 of this year and have not had too much trouble since then but for the past 6-8 weeks, I have been moody, snappy, weepy, you name it. I finally broke down and called my doctor and was given an appointment for next week. Then the doctor called back and prescribed a small dose of Estradiol (pill form) to see if that helps me. Since I was told estrogen was not a good idea because of the endo that plastered everything together, I am kind of confused but at the same time looking forward to feeling a bit happier. Any thoughts?????? I am still going in to see the doc on the 19th though...
Unread 12-07-2007, 01:39 PM
Those of you that had your ovaries removed, are you going on HRT?

I'm so torn about HRT. I've read so many terrible things about its adverse effects, but these night sweats/hot flashes are awful, and my moods are sometimes fierce for no good reason...I'm doing very well in my recovery, but I still wish I could fix some things. The hot/cold rotation at night is the worst for me; I think I've had 2 good nights of sleep since my surgery. I feel so much better overall after my surgery that I don't want to jinx it and add yet another medication to my daily catalog of pills, but if I could get on more of an even keel biologically that would be so 46, sleep is pretty important. If only I could think the way I did when I was 26 I'd have this all figured out by now!
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Unread 12-07-2007, 02:04 PM
Those of you that had your ovaries removed, are you going on HRT?

I had surgery over 12 weeks ago -- hard to believe it was really that long ago.

I have not taken any kind of HRT. My doctor and I decided that due to my age (46) that i might not need anything and WHY TREAT SOMETHING when you do not know how severe the symptoms would be or even if there would be any symptoms.

it is a personel choice -- but talk to your doctor about your feelings and what is their standard pratice.

For me -- I hate taking medicine. I figured if I had not had the hysterectomy-- that I would have dealt with the symptoms and probably not taken anything. SO why take something just in case?????

For me --Ususally I am freezing since this surgery but i have had a few flush moments -- where I take off my sweatshirt-- then put it back on then take it off again -- there are a few nights where I wake up and am very warm -- so I kick off the covers for a bit --
I figure that I can live with that-- some people can not. if things get worse -- I may look at going on a HRT -- but do not see a need for it now.

I have read through quite a few posts where people go on HRT right after surgery -- and then have problems regulating it -- could it be that there are reserves that the body needs to used up before a replacement is added?

Again it is a personal choice.
Unread 12-07-2007, 02:15 PM
Those of you that had your ovaries removed, are you going on HRT?

I am 39 years old and not taking any HRT. My doctor does not prefer it. He says that the increased risk of heart problems and breast cancer concern him. My dad and brother both have very serious heart conditions (both have had open heart surgery - brother is younger than me) and I have had triple lumpectomies (thankfully benign! Grandmother lost a breast to breast cancer). He said that if I had terrible symptoms then we could try a low dose for a very short time to level me out. I guess I have been really lucky. I had a few hot flashes during my first two weeks postop, but none since. I am a bit more emotional and irritable, but my DH says it's not that bad at all. God bless him! I am also overweight, which my doctor said actually works in my favor. When do you ever hear a doctor tell you that?! Fat cells produce estrogen, so I guess my body has not had to suffer from estrogen deprivation.

As far as sleeping, last night was the first night I have slept good since before my surgery. My mom gave me something called Simply Sleep (made by makers of Tylenol PM - it is the same thing without the Tylenol). It worked like a charm for me. It felt great to sleep through the night and in my own bed! I was finally able to sleep on my side for the first time night before last. A good nights sleep definitely helps with the emotions and irritability factor.

I personally think that everyone has to do what works best for them. We are all different. I just know that if this is menopause for me, I can thankfully handle it without any hormones. Considering family history, I'm just thanking God that it is not worse.

Wishing everyone a better day tomorrow than today!
Unread 12-07-2007, 02:37 PM
Those of you that had your ovaries removed, are you going on HRT?

Hello Ladies,

I had my surgery last month. Prior to my surgery, my gyn ordered blood work that showed my hormone levels. They were soooo unbalanced, and I was having horrible hot flashes and night sweats. My estrog. was feeding my fibroids, but I had a huge influx of testosterone. That made me have horrible mood swings and depression. She put me on Climara, but it didn't stop my symptoms. The next hrt we tried was Premarin. It worked very well for me, but my gyn wasn't happy with the results of the blood work I had while I was on that. Now I am on the Vivelle Dot Patch. I no longer have mood swings or the depression, but the hot flashes & night sweats are still with me. That is about it symptom wise.

I am not one for taking medicine, but in my case, I suffered wayyy too long and in silence in getting help. I feel like I had really poor gyn care when it came to seeking out help for my health. I was just perceived as $$ to the two dr's I had. So, in determining what is best for me, I am taking control of the situation. If my new gyn recommends hrt, then I am going to take advantage of it. I know what it was like to have fibroids come out of me that were the size of mini basketballs, and have them in Tubberware containers for my previous gyn's. They just told me that they were fibroids. Never tested them or sent them out for biopsies. That is poor medicine. I am not going back to that.

Remember this is just my opinion. If you have any doubts, concerns, or questions always ask your dr. I am not a dr or in the medical field of any kind.

Blessings all around.
Unread 12-08-2007, 07:43 PM
Those of you that had your ovaries removed, are you going on HRT?

Hi All,

I hope all of those who's Dr said they can get off the patch at 50 years is right. I'm 56 and had to go on the patch since my Hysterectomy Dec of last year. My Dr said that I would have to stay on it for 5 years, so I'm looking at being 60 until I can get off of it. I'm on the Vivelle Dot 0.05 and seems to work fine for me, but I know when I need that change. I'm glad I had all this done and I'm trying to eat right, get healthier and lose weight. Good luck to all of you!!!
Unread 12-09-2007, 09:18 AM
Those of you that had your ovaries removed, are you going on HRT?

Hi Roseptl,
How has everything been for you in regards to your PMDD? I just had my hysterectomy last Thursday Dec 6th and feel pretty good so far. My Dr. prescribed combipatch(estrogen/progestin) but I haven't used it yet. I didn't do well with progestin (provera) in the past and don't want to go back down that road again. Hope you are doing great!!!


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