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Do I need hormone replacement? Do I need hormone replacement?

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Unread 12-07-2007, 08:06 PM
Do I need hormone replacement?

I am 54 and having my total hysterectomy on Monday . My doctor did a blood test and said my ovaries have completely shut down. I have night sweats and hot flashes now--do I need estrogen after a hysterectomy? What will happen to my body if i don't take any -ever?
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Unread 12-07-2007, 10:37 PM
Do I need hormone replacement?

Hi,

Well, if you don't take hormones you may have hot flashes, moodiness, dryness, bone loss, and sleep issues. You may get some or none, or in different degrees.

If you choose not to take them then you might want to be sure to take 1200mg. calcium plus D for bone density. There is perscription medication for dryness, and exercise can help greatly with moods and insomnia problems.

I was having hot flashes and some other problems before my hyst at age 53, and my hot flashes became severe once I had my surgery. I have been using the vivelle dot patch, but have weaned down to lowest dose now with hardly any hot flashes. You might see how you do after surgery and if you need to take something, and your doctor can discuss what type and what dose would be appropriate for you. You can take it for awhile and then wean down eventually to a low dose and maybe off in time.

Here is a link on hrt and alternatives from the Mayo Clinic:

http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/hor...herapy/WO00046

You can also look at our Resources library in the Hormone and No-Hormone sections

I hope this helps some.

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