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LSH and ovary removal in a few days, anything I need to know or do in advance for HRT LSH and ovary removal in a few days, anything I need to know or do in advance for HRT

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Unread 12-22-2011, 12:06 PM
LSH and ovary removal in a few days, anything I need to know or do in advance for HRT

I was set on keeping my ovaries until I learned more facts about ovarian cancer. Now I am almost positive I will have them removed during my LSH (already having tubes removed also) and cysto-hydro on my bladder coming up next week.

I called my doctors office just now and they do offer bio-identical HRT and said I don't need to do anything prior to surgery and the doctor will help me w/hormones afterward. I will see him the morning of the surgery and can talk with him then to let him know.

Thought I would check in with my Sisters to see if you have any advice for me or btdt experience you want to share. Thank you so much for any feedback or help!
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Unread 12-22-2011, 12:20 PM
LSH and ovary removal in a few days, anything I need to know or do in advance for HRT

You didn't say how old you are or risk factors for Ca or heart dz. That will be important in discussion w doctor. My DaVinci TOtal hyst 6days ago. No flashes yet. I may not need HRT.
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Unread 12-22-2011, 02:13 PM
Re: LSH and ovary removal in a few days, anything I need to know or do in advance for

Thank you, I am 45 which is definitely important. I am also Ashkanazi Jewish descent which I know increases my chances of having the genetic mutation. I have no history of heart disease or other medical issues.

Thanks for sharing about your experience - I didn't realize you could even go through a total hysterectomy and not have to go on HRT. Healing hugs and wishes for a gentle and fast recovery!
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Unread 12-22-2011, 08:13 PM
LSH and ovary removal in a few days, anything I need to know or do in advance for HRT

Best wishes to you. P.S. Be sure to stock on stool softener! That is real pain.
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Unread 12-23-2011, 09:28 AM
Re: LSH and ovary removal in a few days, anything I need to know or do in advance for

I would just say dont be assertive and dont be afraid of HRT. I am older, 54, and wanted to go without HRT. Doc and I assumed I could given my age - even though I was not menopausal yet at the time of my surgery.

I am jealous of women who report few or no symptoms after surgery. I read stories of many of them on this sight. I am strong minded and very fit and take good care of myself. All that said, I did not handle surgical menopause well at all. I had intense menopausal symptoms starting a mere three days after surgery.

I wish my doc had tested my hormone levels before my surgery but he did not. That has left us guessing at my treatment afterwards, but I am happy to say I am doing well on an estrogen patch.

If you can talk your doctor into hormone testing before -that would be my number one recommendation and biggest regret.

Best of luck - I am sure you will be awesome.
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Unread 12-23-2011, 04:13 PM
Re: LSH and ovary removal in a few days, anything I need to know or do in advance for

I was also 54 when I had my hysterectomy in February. I expected the miracle drugs, HRT. I should have asked the doctor about them before the surgery. The reason is that after the surgery, the doctor said "NO."

He said that I was prone to cancers, so, "no way."

I was depressed at first, and I felt no libido at all. I wondered how I was supposed to have sex this way.

Eventually, my libido returned on its own, and there were no night sweats or hot flashes to speak of.

I think that the testosterone comes from my muscles, helped out by the hour or more exercise that I do daily.

No HRT needed for me at this time. Next year may be another story.
Things change daily.
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Unread 12-23-2011, 06:36 PM
Re: LSH and ovary removal in a few days, anything I need to know or do in advance for

Seems like 54 is the magic number here...that is also my age. My Dr. never even discussed any HRT with me at all. Just told me at my last post-op that if I had any problems to give him a call. Well at around 8 weeks I was ready to give him that call. The night sweats and hot flashes were peaking then. I never did call him.... just figured I would deal with it and I did. Now I am still getting them but they don't seem as intense. Hopefully with time it will get better. I've never felt depressed or lost my libido. But like suziq55 said things do change daily so who knows??!!
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