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Moving from Premarin to Bio-Identical Moving from Premarin to Bio-Identical

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Unread 09-19-2010, 08:12 AM
Moving from Premarin to Bio-Identical

I tried going 'au natural' after my TAH/BSO in 6/2009. By that August the symptoms were so bad, that I went back to the DR and he just put me on 0.3 of Premarin. It seemed like a magic bullet at the time, taking all of the symptoms away. Looking back, I realize that he never did any pre-surgical hormone levels on me to see what the were at that time.

After being on the Premarin for a year, I found I had no energy, no libido, and was gaining weight despite diet/exercise. A friend of mine at work, who had similar issues, came back from summer break looking fantastic. She was positively glowing with energy too. She told me about her DR, and how she did a complete hormone and thyroid panel on her, and started her on the bio-identical hrt. So I made my appointment.

This DR had me write a list of the symptoms I was having after surgery. She told me each was related to the HRT I was on. So she told me to wean off the Premarin over 2 weeks while at the same time, start with the bio-identical. That it will take 2 weeks for it to fully build up in the system.

Right now, I am 4 days from that 2 week mark. Yesterday seemed to be the worst of the Premarin withdrawal. I had absolutely no energy and a headache from hell. Today feeling much better. Still having mini-flashes and some insomnia, but it is improving as this is building up. She also gave me the name of a book to read on the subject which was very enlightening as well.

I know that for every one of us, the experience is unique. I found that this site is a great forum to share our experiences. So, that is why I am sharing this.
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Unread 09-19-2010, 03:45 PM
Re: Moving from Premarin to Bio-Identical

Could you share the name of the book? I am always looking for good stuff to read. :O) I hope things improve for you! I think you made a good move. ;O)
Unread 09-19-2010, 04:08 PM
Re: Moving from Premarin to Bio-Identical

Hi Felice!

Thanks for sharing your story here. I'm glad you are working with a doctor who is helping you feel better. That's very important!

I doubt very many women have their hormone levels tested pre-op and that's not without good reason. Hormone imbalance can be the cause of problems that lead us to need a hysterectomy. I don't know about you, but I certainly wouldn't have wanted to live with my pre-op hormone levels post-op--not with the chance to change them to something balanced--something that made me feel normal. Also, knowing what hormone levels are pre-op doesn't really help the doctor determine what hormone therapy dose(s) to prescribe post-op. We don't all absorb and metabolize hormones the same so finding balance is largely a trial and error process, even when working with someone who is experienced in helping women who are dealing with surgical menopause.

Your symptoms on Premarin could very well have been due to the low dose you were using. Sometimes a change in dose is all that's needed to feel much better. In any event, I hope you find that the switch to bio-identical hormones is the right choice for you. Bio-identical hormones are my personal choice as well. I've been using them most of my eight plus years post-op.

Good luck to you!

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Unread 09-20-2010, 03:45 PM
Re: Moving from Premarin to Bio-Identical

Thanks for sharing your experience in changing over. I asked my doc about switching to a bio-identical as well. I've also been experiencing side-effects from my Premarin dose (1.25 mg) she initially was just going to lower the dosage amount, but instead I'll be moving to Estradiol .05mg. I hope I spelled that right. The nurse in the office said I could just go from one to the other...its nice to know someone else played it safe by switching slowly.

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