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Unread 03-01-2002, 04:33 PM
Is hrt forever? Need help in Boston

At 40 years young and only 6 weeks into my estrogen replacement I'm wondering how long do we take replacement estrogen for? The rest of our lives? If we experienced menopause a la Mother Nature wouldn't we just take estrogen or hormone replacement for the duration of the symptoms and gradually wean ourselves off.

Also - as I begin to journey into the hormone jungle I'd like to find somebody with a prescription pad to guide me (the doc who did my surgery is too hard to get a hold of unless you are delivering a baby or bleeding profusely) - I need someone new. Does anybody know of or have any good experiences with docs/nurses/midwives and hormone replacement in the Boston area?

I'm currently on Estradiol 1 mg per day and my hot flashes are just getting worse and worse - they used to wait until 8:00 at night to start -- now they're visiting me by noontime. Sleeping now consists of me on top of the covers with the fan blowing on me all night and the bedroom window (which is less than 40 feet from the cold Atlantic ocean) open - even the cat is too much heat for me to bear in bed. Thank goodness I'm single. My 10 year old suffered strep throat last week and climbed into bed with me most of the week so I had to close the windows, shut off the fan and sleep with a 102 degree child -- I think I sweated off 5 lbs. I've decided this is absolutely ridiculous and am most anxious to adjust my hormones.

thanks for your help and answers!

Leslie
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Unread 03-01-2002, 05:45 PM
Is hrt forever? Need help in Boston

Leslie,
If you want to find a doctor who is knowledgable about hormones I would suggest finding a compounding pharmacist first http://www.iacprx.org/ A compounding pharmacist is skilled at making made to order hormone preparations for women and will know the doctors in your area that are experts in prescribing them. I think you are so right a good doctor is a MUST in the hormone jungle.
How long do we take hormones? Well when a woman goes through natural menopause her ovaries continue to produce small amounts of hormone. for many women this is enough. In our case with no ovaries we don't even have that tiny amount to protect us. My plan is to stay on hormones for life and adjust as time goes on based on how I feel...and perhaps advances in HRT.
The first few months are a bit traumatic as your body gets used to not cycling. I personally think that even on your ultimately perfect HRT mix you would still get some symptoms because of the huge adjustment the body is going through. Plus as we get further away from surgery the body has less and less stored hormones which adds to fluctuating levels and more symptoms.
Besides your obvious great idea of finding a knowledgable and available doctor...a dose of patience will help you immensely
best wishes

Becky in OHIO
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Unread 03-02-2002, 04:23 AM
Is hrt forever? Need help in Boston

Hi Leslie!

1mg. is pretty low if you just had your surgery. (continued hot flashes tell us!) I found I had to up my ERT twice until my body settled down. I would call your Dr. because several weeks is MORE than enough time to know if you need to up the amount. I think everyone always need to reevaluate whether to take ERT/HRT or not.. The thing is right now, we are soo young to not have any hormones that for mental, thinking reasons alone I know I need to take it. I started to forget quite a bit w/ the lower amount right off the bat. Once I upped to a better amount for me, I didn't have trouble remembering as much! My Dr. always says that we should definately think about all that is out on HRT but for now, ( and she is in our same shoes by the way) we should realize that at our younger age, we really need it. I always reevaluate every year or so. Hope this helps you....

Good Luck! Kristy
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