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Unread 06-15-2010, 12:42 PM
hormone therapy via monthly injection

I'm on a hrt via monthly injection-it's estrogen and testosterone. I haven't had any problems other than increased acne and a few hot flashes just days before my injection is due. Anyone else using this?
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Unread 06-16-2010, 01:11 AM
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Hi I see by your surgery date that it's only been a couple of months since your surgery. I would think it's a little early to conclude that you're having symptoms timed to the injection due dates, but it's certainly possible that that's the case. When you get a hormone injection, your body feels a spike in hormone levels and then a decay. On average, the hormone is supposed to be depleted right around when the next injection is due, but for some women, it may run out a little early, giving them symptoms like hot flashes. Perhaps that's what is happening to you?

What does your doctor say about this?

Unread 06-16-2010, 11:51 AM
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thank you! I haven't mentioned it, yet, because I also have a vvf and we've been focusing on that during my appointments and to be honest, I feel so good the first part of the month that I forget about asking him when I do see him. I'll mention it to him next time. They began my injections 4 days post op before I came home from the hospital, so I didn't go long without them. That is true, I can feel the spike and the decay-it's only been a little over 3 months but it seems like my TAH was a decade ago.
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Unread 06-17-2010, 01:35 PM
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I am 35 yrs old and 3 weeks post radical hyst due to severe endo and adenomyosis. I had the depo testadiol injection just 5 days post op due to severe multiple hot flushes and anxiety. Within 12 hours I started to feel much more normal. I have noticed a little bit of acne on my t zone, but otherwise my energy level and emotions are pretty good. I was told that it will last anywhere from 4 to 6 weeks and that when I start to feel tired and have hot flashes and /or insomnia that that will tell me when I need my next injection.

Do you have any idea on cost or if your insurance covers it? I haven't gotten a bill yet. Do you give yourself the injection or have a nurse do it?
Unread 06-17-2010, 04:14 PM
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I have a friend who's a nurse and she gives me the injection. Since I live out of the country, I have to pay everything up front and then get reimbursed. I haven't gotten the claims, yet, to see if they covered the injection, but I believe they do. Here it costs me 15.00 per injection.
That's interesting about the timing of the shot. I'm going to mention that to my dr on my next appt. He had said every 30 days and so does the lab that manufactures the injection, but I do have hot flashes the week leading up to the injection and it would be nice to avoid those.
I think you're going to be pleased with these hormones. They help a lot with the emotional side, too.

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