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Anyone start HRT after stopping for an extended time? Anyone start HRT after stopping for an extended time?

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Unread 09-14-2010, 02:26 PM
Anyone start HRT after stopping for an extended time?

I had my hysterectomy three years ago after a diagnosis of atypical hyperplasia. My gyn put me on premarin immediately after my surgery (oh, she talked me into removing my ovaries...a decision I wish I hadn't made). After investigating bio-identical hrt, I inquired about them to my gyn. She said they were'nt as good as synthetic...

I'm stretching this out to long I found a doc in town (I live in a small community) that prescribed bios and I LOVED them. I was on them for 18 months. That doc retired to another state a year ago. My pharmacy said no other doc is prescribing bios. Enter life: moved my 93 yr old Mom near me, kids leaving home, etc. I never investigated other options.

I finally decided I need to take care of me as too many others depend on me. When I saw my gyn and requested estrace, she said that since I'd been off of hrt for over six months, I couldn't take them anymore because of risk of heart attack/stroke.

Has anyone else been told this? I've done an online search, but haven't been able to find anything. I do have hot flashes still and am always warm. I felt so much better on hrt.

Has anyone here restarted hrt after taking a break? If so, did your gyn give you any warnings?
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Unread 09-16-2010, 11:35 AM
Re: Anyone start HRT after stopping for an extended time?

I do know that stress will increase symptoms for me, so you may be having increased symptoms with stress and life changes going on.

I have heard that to start HRT for women over a certain age that there is more risk. I have been off of HRT for a year and I have had some health issues and asked my doctors if I should be back on HRT to help health, and they both said it was not worth the risk and recommend that I do not get back on. I am over 55 and only get warm once or twice a day. If I would suddenly get bad hot flashes I wonder if they would put me back on HRT? I am thinking maybe not since I have been off for some time and I am older now.

If you are really miserable and feel better on it, perhaps a low dose patch to take the edge off would be okay. You might ask your doctor about the risk at your age. You can also get a second opinion and see what they say.

I hope you can find some answers and relief.

Unread 09-16-2010, 01:29 PM
Re: Anyone start HRT after stopping for an extended time?

Thanks for your reply, Suzy! I'm 54, and I am under a lot of stress right now. I flush more than flash, and I'm always warm. My doc suggested I try black cohash (sp?). The brand vitamins I take (I order online through a pharmacy) sells a supplement with phytoestrogens, black cohash and a few other herbs.

You know, along with the stress I'm under I'm also struggling with looking older. I know I'm not going to look young forever, but I guess all the Suzanne Somers hype (how hormones make you look and feel young), got me to thinking that going back on hrt might hold back the aging a bit. Silly and shallow of me, I know. Just like I look back at pictures of me twenty years ago and wonder how I ever thought I was fat, in ten years I'll look back at pictures of me now and wonder why I wasted any time being concerned about my appearance. I need to live in the moment and count my blessings!
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Unread 09-17-2010, 03:43 PM
Re: Anyone start HRT after stopping for an extended time?

As far as looking younger, I think that using sun screen, getting enough rest, and genetics have something to do with it. I personally don't think it is a good idea to take HRT to keep looking young, because there are risks to taking them and not sure if that has been scientifically proven.

Exercise like walking can help with stress, so if you can work it into your schedule it may be worth it.
Good luck with the herbs. Herbs can take longer than HRT to see benefits, and everyone is different, so it does require some patience with them.


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