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7 Weeks Post Op - HRT? 7 Weeks Post Op - HRT?

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Unread 06-18-2010, 02:21 PM
7 Weeks Post Op - HRT?

Hi All

I am feeling so very confused at the moment about the whole HRT/ERT Post-Op thingy. I am 33 years old and had a sub total abdominal hysterectomy (only cervix remaining) due to a large melon sized dermoid cyst on one ovary and 2 plum size dermoids on the other (this was not picked up on the MRI or ultra sound and was expecting to keep one of the ovaries). I have been to my 6 week checkup and was expecting the consultant to tell me either I did or did not need to go on HRT but all I got was 'it's your decision'. I can honestly say that I have had some weird experiences since my op which could be described as hot flushes or the night sweats but I can't say for sure that it was as I don't know how these should feel. I can say that I have been easily (daily) agitated to the point that if I don't walk away from a situation or block it out completely, I could rip someone's head off instantly (I was never like this before the op). I am also almost afraid to be out - I get the shakes and sometimes lose my breath and this to me is very scary as I never had this problem before. I have had a few complications post-op but I think I am finally coming out of the worst of it (fingers crossed). The consultant explained the pros and cons of having estrogen and said that is the only hormone that I require because I have no uterus, but I have read that testosterone can help with energy levels, moods and depression, which I suffered from pre-op and obviously still suffer from now. My main concerns about not taking HRT/ERT would be aging too soon and the osteoporosis. I know that some women have been fine without it, but I really don't know what to do at this point. Any advice would be welcome.

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Unread 06-20-2010, 10:01 AM
Re: 7 Weeks Post Op - HRT?

Yes, whether or not to take ert/hrt is a personal decision. I didn't really have any time to think about it after my operation as a patch was stuck on my behind shortly after surgery. I've now been using hrt in one form or another for 11 years. For me, I wouldn't be without it. I had very bad symptoms after surgery, even while on the ert, just can't imagine having to deal with them again.

I currently use an OTC progesterone cream along with my bi est. I also have a script for a 1% testosterone cream, but I rarely use it these days.

You are quite early post op to know exactly what your hrt needs are going to be. You may or may not need testosterone. I usually advise to get the estrogen right first, than add other hormones as needed. And with testosterone, I would advise that you have your free and total testosterone levels tested before supplementing with it. Having too much T is not a good thing and some symptoms of excess may be irreversible.

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