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Need some HRT enlightenment! Need some HRT enlightenment!

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Unread 03-18-2011, 06:49 PM
Need some HRT enlightenment!

I am 34 years old, very fit and athletic. I am scheduled for a full hysterectomy on Monday (3/21). I know that I will have to do HRT and my doctor said that is needed due to my age. I am overwhelmed with all the info out there. Basically, trying to find out about the different kinds of HRT? what other women would recommend for HRT? anyone around my age and what was your experience and recommendations? when do you start HRT? when do you think about adjusting the HRT?

ANY advice or info would be greatly appreciated!!!! I am trying to prepare myself for a smooth transition into a new phase physiologically!
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Unread 03-18-2011, 07:13 PM
Re: Need some HRT enlightenment!

My doctor placed an ert patch on my hip when I got into my room after surgery.

There really is no right or wrong when it comes to ert. We are all different, so what works for me may not work for you.

My personal experience was that the first six months were a time of adjustments. Knowing what I know now, I did too much tweaking, thinking something wasn't working, when actually it was a time of my body recoverying from surgery and adjusting to life without my ovaries. What I have learned from my experience is that patience is a virtue when it comes to hormones.

You can read more about hormones in the articles at
Unread 03-20-2011, 01:16 AM
Re: Need some HRT enlightenment!

I am 38 and just had my second ovary removed on 2/28/11. The nurse put an estrogen patch on me when I got to my room, and I switched to the Combipatch the next day when I went home. So far I am feeling much better than before the surgery, mood and memory-wise, so it must be working. Have had a couple hot flashes (wow, you can't mistake that the first time it happens!), some sleep issues, and dry skin.

Personally, my plan is to use the synthetic hormones for a few months and let my body adjust. I am beginning research on bioidentical hormones and would like to try them once my body levels out.

Wishing you a quick recovery and hugs for support

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