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HRT or not? So confused HRT or not? So confused

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Unread 02-10-2012, 07:54 AM
HRT or not? So confused

I am scheduled for a TVH on March 8. I have not had a period in more than five years, except for two episodes of bleeding the last year. My doctor did an FSH test to confirm that I was in menopause - except that it didn't. My result was 25.7 but this lab uses 27 as a cutoff for menopause. So, my doctor can't be sure that I won't have menopausal symptoms. She suggested I can do a short regimen of HRT if necessary. I have high blood pressure and my blood pressure elevated when I took birth control pills (20 years ago) and in all of my pregnancies. I'm concerned that hormones will cause an increase again. I'm also concerned about cancer risk. I want to be prepared to have this discussion with my doctor at my pre-op appointment on 2/17. Can anyone point me to some good resources?
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Unread 02-12-2012, 09:09 AM
Re: HRT or not? So confused

Having the ovaries removed is a whole different ballgame when it comes to menopause. Even if you were already in menopause doesn't necessarily mean you will not have symptoms once the ovaries are removed. During menopause the ovaries do still produce some hormones, just in smaller amounts.

There is a big difference between birth control pills and just replacing estrogen. The amount of estrogen in birth control pills is generally much higher than what we use in ert.

I would suggest reading the articles at They are all printable so you can print out the ones that interest you the most and discuss with your doctor.

Best wishes on your upcoming surgery.

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