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Unread 04-01-2008, 06:07 PM
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I have been using hormone therapy (birth control pills) to control extreme bleeding due to hyperplasia. I'm beyond childbearing years, and am considering a hysterectomy. No one, not even doctors seem to be able to tell me about changes that may occur due to hormonal changes. I keep reading that as long as my ovaries do not get removed, hormone production won't change. However, hormone function is reducting simply due to my age (48).

Also, my memory is beginning to fail (a lot). I wonder if this is due to hormone reduction.
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Unread 04-01-2008, 09:55 PM
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Hi punkybear
I was 50 when my problems with heavy bleeding started. I was just entering perimenopause. I had had normal periods, then missed one and the flooding began. I was estrogen dominant, which caused my lining to over grow.

I tried everything short of the hyst first, and ended up needing one in the end, but it has turned out well for me. Hormonally I was in the beginning stages of hormone reduction, but not in need of hrt when I had my hyst at 51. I found after my hyst that my menopausal symptoms began to gradually increase.

Your thought that your hormones will decrease as you enter natural menopause is correct. I found that initially I had quite severe hot flashes and brain fog causing poor memory and inability to concentrate and make decisions. This often happens as a reaction to the loss of the ovaries' main blood supply, but is generally a temporary condition. In a few weeks that got better, but then began to increase with my age. I don't feel it was caused by the hyst, but just a natural part of what would have happened anyway.

I decided to use bioidentical hormones to help with the hotflashes and brain fog as they got worse. I will be 55 this summer and I find my body is naturally needing less and less of the hormone replacement. I use a patch and regularly forget to change it and hardly notice anymore. I don't want to deal with dryness and still have the occassional hotflash,so I change it about once a week and feel fine. One of these days, I'll just stop changing it.

I wish you well with your decisions. I hope everything goes well for you.
's, Rita
Unread 04-07-2008, 06:21 PM
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So Rita, what combination of hormones are/were you taking for the brain fog? Estrogen is working well for me on the hot flashes/sweats, but, MAN, this "brain fog" or whatever it is has me worried! I'm afraid I'll be in a car accident for the lack of concentration that I have!! Any suggestions on what I might discuss with my doctor?
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Unread 04-07-2008, 07:41 PM
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My brain fog was pretty bad also and when I started on the Estratest FS, the one with testostrone and estrogen in it, it went away in a few days.
Unread 04-11-2008, 11:52 AM
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kjjjranch2005, thanks for the suggestion. I'll report back after I get an appointment with my doctor and discuss!
punkybear, I hope all is well with you.
i'll talk at you ladies later! Love y'ase!!

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