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I'm really getting anxious now!HELP! I'm really getting anxious now!HELP!

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Unread 05-25-2002, 10:17 PM
I'm really getting anxious now!HELP!

Hello everyone again!It's now 4 days till surgery and counting!I am going to see me gyno on Tuesday and have been reading alot on this site so that i can make an informed decison on whether or not to have my ovaries removed.As you all know i am 28 and i know that is a bit young to have them taken out.There is no history of cancer in my family,althought i could possibly have endometriosis.My main concern is this-In the past i have suffered from deppression because of hormone imbalances.I do not want this to happen again.I have been reading alot in the Hormone Jungle and i have learned alot!I am currently taking Seraphem,just to boost up my Seratonin levels ahead of time.Has anyone out there used the patches in addition to taking an oral hormone?Also my dr said that i am sensitive to progesterone-does this have the same ingredients as the Estrogen that i may have to take?I don't quite understand all this hormone business!LOL!I don't want to be in a permenant down feeling because of HRT therapy.But i don't really want o have to worry about facing another surgery either.This will be my fourth--yes fourth--cut across my belly.I had my tubes cut,burnt and tied after my last child was born,i don't know if that will have any bearing on the situation or not.So please help me!I want to be ready for my visit to my dr on Tuesday!God Bless You All!And thank you for being so kind!Kim
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Unread 05-26-2002, 12:37 AM
I'm really getting anxious now!HELP!

Hi, Deepest Blue! Glad you are finding helpful info here. The ovary question is the most sticky, controversial one. If you are younger than 45 and your ovaries are healthy, you definitely want to keep them. Even if they fail in a few years, you still will benefit from the estrogen and progesterone they produce. If the ovaries are not healthy (like mine, plus being borderline risk for ovarian cancer), you would probably start on estrogen right away so you would not have the depression and other menopausal symptoms. Some drs don't prescribe progesterone as part of HRT if your uterus is gone, but other drs will give you some if it makes you feel better. And it sometimes takes a few trial and errors to find the right type and dosage of HRT that makes you feel best. So, hopefully, keeping your estrogen level up to normal will keep you from experiencing any further depression. (If you were taking Provera or Depo Provera or Lupron, those are notorious for causing depression!)

Sorry to hear you have had so many surgeries. Hopefully this will be the final one you have to have!

Hope this helps some. Ask more questions if you need different answers. s and best wishes!

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