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Unread 01-19-2012, 04:31 PM
Re: Rethinking the ovaries

This is an excellent discussion and women thinking of having their ovaries removed need to understand the benefits and risks of estrogen.

Fish, Your problems sound very similar to mine and as I said I feel better on HRT. In hind sight I wonder how I would feel if I still had my ovaries and used some supplemental HRT? I'll never know. It could be useful at this point for you to try some hormone replacement and see if you do well on it. Just a thought--something I wish I had tried.

Debbie, You have offered lots of very good information, thanks. In point 3) you said women were on estrogen and progesterone. They were on Premarin with a progestin--Prempro in the WHI Study. They are not estrogen and progesterone. A common confusion.
There have been no studies that I can find showing increased risk with estrogen and progesterone (some people like to call them bio-identical) when used properly.

You are correct to point out health risks in not taking estrogen when you need it.
I don't think this is stressed enough for women in surgical menopause.
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Unread 01-19-2012, 04:54 PM
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^ Thanks for pointing that out. There is indeed a difference between progesterone and progestin. Seems like even scientists tend to use the terms interchangeably.

Here's some good information on it ( hopefully, it's okay to post a link):
Unread 01-20-2012, 01:31 AM
Re: Rethinking the ovaries

It's unfortunate that many women don't know the value of good ovaries and how they work until faced with having them removed. At that point, however, it is to be hoped that each and every women will try to educate herself beyond simply what her doctor tells her and make an informed decision.

I am just such a woman. Until a few years ago when we (doctors and I) began to discuss the possibility of having a hyst somewhere down the road due to THREAT of cancer (HPV 16&18), I had NO IDEA of the importance of the ovaries, and even then, had a flippant attitude about the removal. "I'm getting older anyway...what's the big deal?" Well - the big deal is heart disease, osteoperosis, increased risk of dementia and a few other "not fun" things.

Now that the HPV made the leap, it's time for me to be proactive, and as I mentioned, the strong history of cancer in my family, plus input from Drs all over the place, plus a lot of reading, has led me to make the personal choice to have them removed and take estrogen as a replacement. I have to feel confident that I'm doing the right thing FOR ME, or this whole thing isn't going to go over well, psychologically. I arrived at that place yesterday, and felt a big weight lifted.

Do what's right for you, inform yourself and stand by your decision.

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