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Estrogen Dominance and Still Have Ovaries? Estrogen Dominance and Still Have Ovaries?

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Unread 12-07-2010, 07:39 AM
Estrogen Dominance and Still Have Ovaries?

I am trying to connect the dots here ... I had TVH in July but kept my ovaries. Since then, however, I've been battling depression symptoms (had my antidepressant DOUBLED), really tender breasts when I would have PMS, decreased sex drive, a 4 lb weight gain ... and I am starting to wonder if this could be the case. In one of the other threads, someone suggested this to me and I had never heard of it.

I'm wondering if you can be estrogen dominant and still have your ovaries? And whether a TVH would screw things up enough to make this the case? Anyone out there with any experience?

Thanks tons,
Kelly
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Unread 12-07-2010, 10:47 AM
Re: Estrogen Dominance and Still Have Ovaries?

have you tried natural progesterone cream?
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Unread 12-07-2010, 11:53 AM
Re: Estrogen Dominance and Still Have Ovaries?

I haven't yet, because I'm not totally sure I'm out of balance. Is there harm in trying it before having a test to see for sure? That's what I'm unsure of.
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Unread 12-10-2010, 02:22 PM
Re: Estrogen Dominance and Still Have Ovaries?

Hi Kelly
I have had lots of hormone problems since having one ovary out last year. Had the whole "they are like kidneys - one is plenty" discussions with docs until I found gyno who completely saw the problem and helped. I have since found lots of people who have some hormonal disturbance after surgery - even if just uterus removed and ovaries left untouched.
I was convinced I was estrogen dominant and I did try progesterone cream - it made everything worse! but in a funny way the experience really helped me. When I saw the gyno he was sure it was the progesterone part of my natural cycle that was causing the issue, and prescribed estrogen to help. I was very sceptical as I had been completely convinced of the whole estrogen dominance thing and I was suffering terrible cramps and depression. But within a couple of days on the estrogen I saw a difference and knew I was on the right path.
I'm still having hormone problems but I think that is more to do with the function of my ovary and I have been recommended to have last ovary removed.
Hope this is helpful Kelly and you find a solution. It might help to keep a diary of symptoms and to see when in the cycle the problems are worse. It can help the gynos work out what treatment is useful.
Take care
Casey x
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Unread 12-10-2010, 10:15 PM
Re: Estrogen Dominance and Still Have Ovaries?

Hi I had symptoms months after my hysterectomy. I also have my ovaries. My doctor told me to wait to get tested. I would not suggest that. Why wait and continue to be miserable. I finally found a doctor who tested my hormones. I think its better to get tested and find out for sure what your levels are and what you need. My progesterone was extremely low. Now I am on very good progesterone cream I felt better in a week. Don't put it off, I suggest getting your hormones tested. I am using a bioidentical natural progesterone cream. Hope this help.
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Unread 12-11-2010, 06:04 PM
Re: Estrogen Dominance and Still Have Ovaries?

I would definitely suggest getting your hormones tested. I had mine done before my hysterectomy (both ovaries removed) and it showed that I was in menopause, though my estrogen level was abnormally high for my age (51). I started on bioidentical creams about 4 days after surgery and so far feeling pretty normal. I will be getting my hormones checked again in about 4 months.
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Unread 12-14-2010, 07:03 AM
Re: Estrogen Dominance and Still Have Ovaries?

Wow, thank you everyone, for your responses. That makes me feel better and makes me feel like indeed, I'm not going crazy. I was really beginning to wonder. I have an appointment with my doc on January 19th and plan to have a bunch of bloodwork done, not the least of which will be my hormones. After having read your experiences, I think it definitely must be that something is going on. I didn't have trouble until after my hysterectomy - granted, I had a lot of regular life stress, but things just seem magnified since the hyst. And my sleep cycle - ugh! It's like it doesn't work anymore. I wake up countless times during the night. Sometimes I stay awake, and sometimes I just wake up long enough to look at my clock. But what a serious hassle. I forget what good sleep is like.

Thanks, Ladies! Happy holidays.
Kelly
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Unread 01-28-2011, 09:10 PM
prometrium

Has anyone taken prometrium without estrogen for think lining of the uterus. How did you feel while taking this?
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Unread 01-28-2011, 10:20 PM
Re: Estrogen Dominance and Still Have Ovaries?

Before my TAH, I was taking progesterone capsules for thickening of the uterus lining. Other than sleeping a little better at night, I didn't feel any different. It did lessen the thickening, but I ended up having surgery, because of fibroids. I'm still on progesterone capsules (along with bi-est, testosterone and DHEA creams), but will be switching over to progesterone cream soon, as it will be easier to adjust the dosage.
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