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Unread 03-03-2011, 11:04 AM
Can not decide if i should take hormnes

I am really having a tough decision on whether or not to take HRT. My doctor gave me Estradiol and I even had it filled but wanted to try it without. I had a TAH/BSO on Feb 3. I am 4 weeks postop today. I am 46 years old and not sure on this whole hormone thing. Really worried about side efects but wonder about my own sanity
I have history of anxiety and it has increased along with depression and I get my feelings hurt sooo easy and mad over stupid things. My poor family!
So what to do. Will this get better over time? Do i need the hormones? Can I get by without them?

Open to ideas?????


Lori
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Unread 03-03-2011, 01:04 PM
Re: Can not decide if i should take hormnes

I know it's scary when you think about the potential risks of HRT but at 46 you were probably still making your own estrogen. I personally don't think the risk increases until you are past "normal" menopausal age. Even then our counterparts who haven't had their ovaries out still make some estrogen just not the quantities they did when they were fertile. There are risks not taking estrogen too, heart disease, blood pressure increases, cholesterol increases, joint pain etc. Some women do just fine but IMHO HRT is worth it!

Hugs,
Teresa
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Unread 03-03-2011, 02:44 PM
Re: Can not decide if i should take hormnes

Talk to your Dr about family history & concerns. I'm not on HRT, but I'm 49, Grandma had breast cancer, blood clots, & all sorts of stuff. I also had blood pressure spikes while on the pill, & migraines coming off, so Dr is leary of me being on anything. If you are doing ok without HRT, you might leave well enough alone. If you are having problems, give it a try. If you take them, it can take a little time to get the right formula, but that is workable.
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Unread 03-03-2011, 05:53 PM
Re: Can not decide if i should take hormnes

I have the same concerns as you. I didn't do well on the pill many years ago, I took Progesterone off and on over the years to control bleeding and it made me nuts so I am scared of taking HRT.

So far I haven't taken any since my surgery which was about a year and a half ago. I have done fine for the most part, it took a few months to get some balance. The only thing I'd like to change is my foggy-headedness and how tired I get but how can I know for sure if that's menopause or a million other things?

Keep researching and also give yourself some more recovery time to let your body and mind settle. You will find the answer that is right for you in time.

Best wishes!
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Unread 03-03-2011, 06:22 PM
Re: Can not decide if i should take hormnes

There are so many health risks with HRTs that I don't plan on taking them. I'm 5 1/2 weeks post op...kept ovaries....had a few hot flashes in the past week so I'm back on my natural progesterone cream (not progestine). I feel more myself and haven't had any hot flashes since on my cream...you can get this cream online or at a health food store.
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Unread 03-07-2011, 02:06 PM
Re: Can not decide if i should take hormnes

I'm not going to take HRT. I had hideous endometriosis, which I don't want to come back (I know it still could even without HRT, but I don't want to encourage it), so I'm going to steer clear.
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Unread 03-07-2011, 06:14 PM
Re: Can not decide if i should take hormnes

Hello,
I am in the same boat..45 years old LAVH-BSO..bad endo..what to do?
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