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Unread 10-10-2011, 11:52 AM
Estrogen

I had a total hysterectomy on 9/29 and was started on estrogen right away. Will I go into menopause or does this prevent that? How long can I take the estrogen? I have read not to stay on it for more then 4 years.
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Unread 10-13-2011, 12:46 PM
Re: Estrogen

The HRT may prevent the symptoms from menopause like hot flashes, sweats, etc. My doctor said I could be on it as long as I needed it. I took it 7 years and weaned to lowest dose the last 2 years.
I think it depends on the age that one has the surgery. I was starting menopause before I had my surgery, so I did not need to take it as long as someone younger and pre menopausal. I found over the years that the symptoms became less and less after my surgery. I had intense hot flashes right after my surgery so I had to take HRT.

You need to determine how bad your symptoms are, your overall health, your family's history, etc. and talk with a doctor about your options.

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Unread 10-13-2011, 01:05 PM
Re: Estrogen

We're in menopause from the moment our ovaries are removed. The estrogen we take isn't to somehow prevent menopause, which is impossible, but to relieve the symptoms that arise from a lack of estrogen. The four year (sometimes I hear five year) "limit" on taking estrogen is the recommendation for women in natural menopause who still have their ovaries but take hrt to get through a rough perimenopause. Even after periods stop for good, the ovaries will continue to produce small amounts of estrogen until a woman is in her 80s.

So, as the years go by you'll probably be able to slowly reduce the amount of estrogen you take, but there really isn't any reason to set some arbitrary date for stopping it altogether.

Maddie
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Unread 10-13-2011, 04:15 PM
Re: Estrogen

Thank you! I feel lost with all this, and the info you gave is very helpful. I found out the day before surgery we were removing my ovary (I just had one) and just did not go there (read up and become educated) on what that meant before the procedure. So here I am on estrogen wondering if I am in menopause and if I am going to loose my mind or have night sweats any day now. Again, thanks!
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Unread 10-14-2011, 06:52 PM
Re: Estrogen

My full hysterectomy was almost four years ago... and I started taking estrogen immediately after my surgery. Over the years, my menopause symptoms have come and gone and I've had to make changes from time to time to my estrogen dosage. I had "brain fog" for about 6-8 months after surgery, where my memory and focus was not quite what it was before the surgery... but once I got the estrogen level right, all of that evened out.

You will need to pay attention to your body and talk with your doctor what you're experiencing so that you stay feeling good. Don't be discouraged by the need to make changes to your medication... it's a process and needs to be maintained. When I do have break-thru hotflashes, I just supplement my estrogen pill with an estrogen gel and it evens out. You'll figure out your body's needs as you go along.

Good luck! <3
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Unread 10-14-2011, 09:27 PM
Re: Estrogen

Thank you. I am 41 and so will probably be on it for a while. I may look into the patch as that seems like a good alternative. Again, thank you.
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Unread 10-15-2011, 04:36 AM
Re: Estrogen

Hi, I'm 41 as well and am booked in for a TAH/BSO in a couple of weeks and am also madly trying to find info on the ERT as I'm going to be on it until I'm at least 50 (or so the story goes at the moment) How soon after surgery did they give you the ERT and did you suffer from any Menopausal symptoms before they gave it to you? Would you mind me asking what type of estrogen they put you on and what doseage they started you off at? I'm on other medication for my epilepsy as well so I know we'll all be different but I'd just be interest to know as we are the same age. How long after the op is it now? Are you feeling alright with the post op effects and the ERT medication? Sorry for all the quest, I guess I'm freaking out a bit
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