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Unread 04-17-2008, 05:49 PM
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Hello Ladies,
Well, on June 3rd, I am having a TAH/BSO, I think. the BSO part is up to me. After doing a ton of research and reviewing my personal history, I am thinking getting rid of the ovaries is right for me. I am 28. Anyway, my doc will put me on the patch post-op and then in 6 wks, i can choose how i want my harmones, but i think i'll stick with the patch. my question is: Does anyone have trouble getting the patch to stick or keeping it stuck on? Where on the body does the patch go? How expensive are the patches? Sorry, guess that was three questions. Ooooh, and, does being on hormones increase weight? Or has it for anyone? I know there is no way to tell for sure, but I would love to know what others are having problems with. I am going to LA Weight Loss and would hate having more problems losing weight. Also, how is the fatigue following surgery? I have heard from several women that they personally have trouble with getting tired very easily and very often. Is it possible to go from surgery to menopause and, as far as hormones are concerned, not have any noticeable differences? My doc thinks it is and says that several women have no noticeable differences. I am praying that, outside of my bleeding problems, there will be noticeable differences with pain, moodiness, crankiness (which are all very bad for me right now Especially not knowing when 'aunt flow' will be rearing her ugly head.)
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Unread 04-17-2008, 06:19 PM
hormone patch?

Ummm, maybe your dr is right and some women go through surgical menopause with flying colors. I was not one of the lucky ones. I am 7 months post op and I am finally starting to feel normal. I have gained about 17 pounds and I am working really hard to get it off plus some. It is so hard to lose weight when your hormones are out of whack. I am trying to get balanced. I believe that is the key to a healthy weight, also eating right and exercising, of course. I think the patch is a good choice. I liked it. I didn't have any problems getting it to stick. I put it on my backside. As far as the fatigue goes, I did get tired a lot for the first 3-4 months. Your body has to heal from major surgery. After that, if your hormones are not right, there could be fatigue. It is a slow process to get the right hormones tweaked and get balanced. I am still not there and have been working on it since the beginning of the January. I am not sure about the cost of the patch. My dr gave me samples and then I switched to Femring. I hope your hyst goes well and you have a quick recovery!
Unread 04-17-2008, 07:17 PM
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I didn't have a choice when it came to my remaining 1/2 of an ovary. I was very tired and fatigued for about the first year post op. My emotions were up and down, even on hrt. Surgical menopause, for me, hit hard and fast! The hot flashes and night sweats were awful, nothing like being outside in 30 degree weather and sweating. I can look back and laugh at it now, but at the time it was not so funny.

Yes, some women do find balance with their first choice for ert, but for others it is not that easy, as you can see from reading thru the forums here. Hormones are not one size fits all and there are no guarantees. Yes, I did finally find balance, but it took lots of time and patience.

You can read more about hormones in the articles at www.hormonejungle.com

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Unread 04-17-2008, 07:46 PM
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You mentioned in a Pre-Op thread that you are dealing with an endometriosis diagnosis. You had some good replies on that thread pointing out that there are no guarantees that removal of your ovaries will end the problems that come with endometriosis since there is no cure for that disease and you were encouraged to consult with an endometriosis specialist.

I hope your doctor has discussed your situation carefully with you and that you know that hormones, whether from your own ovaries or from other sources including food, non-hormone menopause products and of course the usual estrogen hormone therapies, can feed any endometriosis that may be left at the time of surgery. Often doctors insist on a waiting period (typically 3 - 6 months) before starting hormones. Others will prescribe progesterone (or synthetic progestin) along with estrogen as progesterone can help counteract the effect of estrogen on endometriosis. Some doctors will prescribe estrogen alone, right away as your doctor has said will be done. There's just not one set way to handle prescribing hormones in cases of endometriosis so it's hard to know what is best to do.

Like others, I didn't have an easy time finding hormone balance. I went through a period of time when I was suffering with sexual dysfunction as a result of my hormones being out of balance. I was lucky in that my sexual function did eventually return when I got my hormones balanced but others are not so lucky. It now takes four hormone prescriptions to help me feel my best--Vivelle Dot for systemic estrogen, Vagifem for vaginal dryness and progesterone and testosterone creams for the remainder of my hormone needs.

I'm not saying this to scare you but only to inform you so that you are aware of the possibility. Not everyone will have sexual dysfunction after surgery (with or without removal of the ovaries) but it's important to be aware of the possibility so you can factor that into your decision.

I wish you all the best!

Unread 04-18-2008, 06:37 AM
hormone patch?

Hi Ladies,
Thanks for all the info. Yes, my doc has been very up-front about informing me how endo works, grows, and everything. He has informed me that hormones from any source feed it and that the hysterectomy may not help at all. He did say that the harmones he will give me will be less than the hormones I would normally produce, so that may help the endo to not return or to not be as bad as I have experienced. He has applauded my research efforts and told me to continue to do as much research as I can so that I will be totally comfortable with whatever decision I come to.
In a new development, I went to see a urologist yesterday to find out if I am a candidate for having a sling put in while having the TAH/BSO. The urologist said that I do have a little incontinence due to stress, but my major complaint was frequency and urgency. So, he put me on vesicare for two weeks and I have a follow up appt with him. If I still have stress incontinence in two weeks, then he'll go ahead and do the sling. Y'all, I have never had such a dry mouth in my life. And, I am not too thrilled about being on medication for this problem. I think I would rather deal with frequency and urgency than to be on meds for it. But, I am tired of dealing with the "slight" problem I have with incontinence.
Anyway, thanks for all the replies. You gals are the greatest!

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