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Unread 07-07-2011, 02:27 PM
4 wks postop lavh/bso, started estradiol 1mg today

I went for my 4 week postop visit today and was prescribed 1mg of estradiol. My hot flashes and night sweats aren't severe but I have NO libido and am extremely forgetful and saying the wrong things without realizing it. On that note, I was given the Rx. Being that I am BRCA1+ I will have to get breasts removed within a year at most or my dr will cut off my HRT. How long does it take to notice improvement in menopause symptoms after starting estrogen? And does everyone end up taking 2-3 different hormones or do some do fine with estrogen alone? As of now I don't go back to see my GYN dr for a year.
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Unread 07-14-2011, 07:16 PM
Re: 4 wks postop lavh/bso, started estradiol 1mg today

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Originally Posted by shelleydf73 View Post
Being that I am BRCA1+ I will have to get breasts removed within a year at most or my dr will cut off my HRT.
Gee, that seems rather extreme...

Why not just agree to have regular mammograms and deal with anything that arises just the same as you would if you were not on HRT? Estrogen-only HRT does not cause breast cancer, but it can accelerate the growth of estrogen receptor positive cancers that already exist.

I have been diagnosed with breast cancer twice since my hyst/BSO nine years ago. The last time was five years ago. I have been on HRT ever since my ovaries were removed and don't plan to discontinue it; I also still have (most of) my breasts. Granted, I am not BRCA1/2 + -- most women who are diagnosed with breast cancer are not -- but still, I cannot imagine my doctors telling me that I could only use HRT if I agree to a prophylactic double mastectomy, especially given that it is still possible to get breast cancer even after such a radical surgery.

Have you considered getting an opinion from another doctor?

s,
-Linda
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Unread 07-21-2011, 07:56 AM
Re: 4 wks postop lavh/bso, started estradiol 1mg today

I too am BRCA1+. I had a PBM in January and hyst/BSO in June. My Dr. put me on estradiol 1 mg two weeks after my surgery (two weeks ago) and I am doing well, however, i'm not sure it is a strong enough dose. She only considered putting me on it since i had my PBM already.
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