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Unread 09-06-2010, 02:19 PM
Surgery Tomorrow, Pellet Therapy

Am having my last remaining ovary removed tomorrow. After 3 c-sections, hysterectomy, and more pain, cysts and tests than I can count, its finally coming out. I am more than a little nervous about instant menopause. My Doctor is talking about pellet Hrt. I am 47 and do believe I am going to need something, just don't know much about these pellets. He says they are the size of a piece of rice, go under your skin and they last about 3 months. Anyone using this?
Any advice about my surgery or the pellets will be greatly appreciated.
Thanks, Tina
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Unread 09-06-2010, 02:46 PM
Re: Surgery Tomorrow, Pellet Therapy

Hi Tina!

It would be a good idea to research all hormone therapy options first and then decide which method of delivery sounds best to try. It would be nice if hormone therapy was one size fits all, but unfortunately it doesn't work that way. What works well for some isn't good at all for others so it's largely a hit or miss, trial and error process finding what works best.

There are members who have hormone pellet experience to share and I hope they will be along to reply to you. Meanwhile, it might help you to use the search link to find previous threads on the topic. Read them to get a feel for what members have reported as pros and cons of using pellet therapy.

I've not used them myself but knowing what I know about early surgical menopause and how hormone levels fluctuate as the body depletes the hormones made by the ovaries while adjusting to the new source of hormones, I don't think they are a good first choice for hormone therapy. To me it would make more sense to try that method after healing completely, after adjusting to the depletion of the hormones your ovaries made and giving other hormone therapies a try first. Figure out a good estrogen level and then add progesterone and/or testosterone if needed. Once good levels are established, that may be the point where you feel more confident about committing to something that is long-lasting like the pellets. Once the pellets are inserted, they can't be removed. If you have an adverse reaction of any sort, you have to wait for the pellets to wear off. It's not like stopping a pill, pulling off a hormone patch, etc.

Here's a link to helpful hormone articles, including four (#8 - #11) on estrogen choices: Hormone Jungle Articles.

Let us know what you decide to use, okay? Best wishes for your surgery tomorrow!

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