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Can I please have a lesson in HRT? =) Can I please have a lesson in HRT? =)

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Unread 10-01-2010, 06:59 AM
Can I please have a lesson in HRT? =)

Hi ladies. I'm a 33 year old mommy who has had a tough 2 years of cancer scares which thankfully ended up being treated & the other benign. As my siggy states, I had a TAH last year and I am about a week & 1/2 out from my BSO. I think I had minimal reserves of estrogen after my TAH. My hair was already thinning & my anxiety seemed to have gotten worse. Anywho, the moral of the story is I'm already getting pretty intense menopause symptoms now that my ovaries are gone. I'm getting serious hot flashes throughout the day, heart palpitations more frequently (already had them prior), and serious problems sleeping (got about 2 hours last night & I wake up often). I have an appointment scheduled on the 6th with my gyn to discuss HRT. I basically need a crash course on them. How have they worked for you? Where is a good place to start as far as specific brand of HRT is concerned? Any input would be greatly appreciated. I'd like to hear personal experience before I go in. Thanks!
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Unread 10-01-2010, 08:34 AM
Re: Can I please have a lesson in HRT? =)

Hi Christy!

I think it's wise of you to research before your appointment so you can discuss your preferences and options with your doctor.

There's good information in the Hormone Jungle Articles and plenty of additional resources to explore in the Resource Database.

My personal preference is to use transdermal, bio-identical hormone therapy. I use Vivelle Dot for my systemic estrogen along with compounded progesterone and testosterone creams. They work very well for me.

Climara and Vivelle Dot are two popular estrogen patch choices. Estrace pills, or the generic for them, are also popular. A lot of women use Premarin and do very well on it. There's really not one brand we can suggest that is better than another because what works well for some doesn't work well for others. A lot of us have gone through a trial and error process to figure out what worked best for our own needs.

Let us know after your appointment what you decide to try, okay?

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Unread 10-01-2010, 11:13 AM
Re: Can I please have a lesson in HRT? =)

Thanks for the Links April & the input as well. I will dig in and do some research later on. Ugh, I'm having a hot flash as we speak. Yuck! Its so random! I thought I was going to ease into this. Maybe I should ask God for the 20 lbs I lost (due to stress) prior to surgery back. I really need that fat! lol

Have you tried any natural remedies such as soy milk (or is it silk milk)? Is there anything else out there that you have tried and found to be beneficial to aid in the easing of your symptoms? Just curious.

I will certainly let you know the outcome
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Unread 10-01-2010, 11:24 AM
Re: Can I please have a lesson in HRT? =)

You're welcome!

I haven't tried any alternatives to hormone therapy. To me the bio-identical hormones I use are as natural to my body as the hormones my ovaries made so I have no hesitation at all in using them.

Menopause symptoms are common post-surgery. Now that your ovaries are gone your body is depleting the hormones the ovaries made. Some women won't notice many symptoms at first but notice them more the further into recovery they get.

Hang in there--your appointment isn't too far off! One idea to consider is asking your doctor for samples of various hormone therapy products. That way you can test them out before committing to a full prescription.

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Unread 10-01-2010, 12:42 PM
Re: Can I please have a lesson in HRT? =)

I understand.

Happy to share what I have learned...sometimes the hard way.

Keep track of your levels...the first few months they will go down as you lose your stores...I wish I had gotten a measurement right after surgery to see what my body had to have something to shoot for.

Try to keep your levels stable...and if you need to go up or down do it gradually...the body doesn't like the wild swings in estrogen and it can really afftect you in so many ways.

I would do one hormone as a time...my docs didn't do that and I am still learning by trial and error what each does and feels like for me.

Learn what adds estrogen and what depletes it (Boy did I learn this the hard way)...exercise, stress, and certain meds deplete it and you need to add back when you have these.

Hope some of this helps.
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Unread 10-03-2010, 06:12 AM
Re: Can I please have a lesson in HRT? =)

Yes, it does help & thank you for the info. I feel lilke I know nothing about estrogen. Time to start researching. It seems like I have a lot to learn!
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Unread 10-03-2010, 10:29 AM
Re: Can I please have a lesson in HRT? =)

Christy,
Everyone has to start somewhere. I knew zilch about hormones when I had my tah/bso in 1999. All I knew was that my doctor put a patch on my hip shortly after surgery. When the patch wasn't working as it should, that is when I began my quest to learn all I could. We have many resources on this site and of course, feel free to ask any questions you have on the forums. We try to help by sharing our experiences.

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