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Unread 10-06-2010, 05:15 AM
When is the normal time

What is the normal time to start HRT? My doctor wants me to wait for 3 months.

My husband saw our regular doctor yesterday and he said he wanted to see me, and told my husband I shouldn't wait that long.

The hot flashes and sweats are pretty bad.
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Unread 10-06-2010, 06:08 AM
Re: When is the normal time

Hello!

Did your doctor say why he doesn't want you on hormones until you are three months post-op? Typically we start on hormone therapy right away unless there's a medical reason to delay it, such as being diagnosed with enodmetriosis. Even in those cases some doctors will allow the patient to start hormone therapy right after surgery.

I started on my hormone therapy the day after my surgery. Talk with your doctor about the symptoms you're having and if there's no reason for delaying the use of hormones, see if you can get something prescribed to help you feel better.

Let us know what you find out, okay?

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Unread 10-06-2010, 07:17 AM
Re: When is the normal time

I had endometriosis in my left ovary but they where removed. She didn't give a reason and I have told her about the hot flashes and sweats.
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Unread 10-06-2010, 08:24 AM
Re: When is the normal time

I'm guessing that your doctor is being cautious because of the endometriosis which was found. My understanding is that it's tricky to remove all endometriosis. Any microscopic bits that may be left at the time of surgery can continue to grow. Since endometriosis is fed by estrogen, your doctor may want to give any remaining endometriosis time to die off before starting hormone therapy. There's no one set way that doctors prescribe hormones after an endometriosis diagnosis. You may want to ask about using both estrogen and progesterone, as progesterone can help counteract the effect estrogen has on endometriosis.

Definitely call your doctor to ask the reasoning behind the decision to delay using hormone therapy and ask what you can do in the meantime to make yourself more comfortable. Things like dressing in layers, using a fan, avoiding foods that trigger hot flashes, etc. are ideas to try.

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