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Unread 10-18-2002, 08:07 PM
ERT or not because of young age

I am currently 26 and lastyear I had a complete hysterectomy. I was put on ERT patch or 6 monts then I had started with skin irritation due from the adhesive. I have tried 2 other ERT in pill form without success. It was mentioned to me that because of my young age I should be on some form of ERT? The only things I take now due to the surgical menopause is black cohosh for hot fllashes and estroven from CVS. Has anyone here had a hyst at a young age and any ideas of the ERT definetly because of my age? Any suggestions are appreciated.
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Unread 10-19-2002, 04:32 AM

Hi there,
I am 34. Had a TAH-BSO in May. I disagree with anyone who says you HAVE to take HRT due to being young. There are plenty of older ladies who NEED HRT to feel well following a hyst. I think it is a personal thing based on how you FEEL.

I am not taking HRT and actually feel better without estrogen. I do take cohosh and find that it helps a great deal. I also take calcium, magnesium, Vit E, Evening Primrose oil, fish oil and a good multi. I feel terrific.

I did get a prescription for anti-anxiety meds. When I was withdrawing from my short term, low dose estrogen I felt very panicky. That has passed now that all the estrogen has left my body. I have never used the drug.

I do use a dab of estrace vaginal cream on a daily basis to keep my vaginal tissues healthy. It works quite well.

My DR states that I can be perfectly healthy without HRT, and I agree. I am about 30 pounds overweight so that may help with my symptoms. It is said that belly fat produces it's own estrogen.

I feel better than I have in years. My sex drive is great. My attitude is positive. I attribute this to not being in such pain all the time. And of course not planning my whole life around heavy periods is such a blessing!!!

Go with your instincts. Do what you feel is best for you regardless of age.

Let us know how you do!

Unread 10-19-2002, 05:59 AM
ERT or not because of young age

Hi Denise!

I agree with Tracy that you can be healthy without HRT at a young age, but please note that Tracy indicates she worked with her doctor to reach that conclusion.

There is very little science on HRT for women under 40 or even 50, and there are enough risks and benefits to balance that it can cause a bout of real

Every women - doubly so for those so far from typical menopausal ages - deserves a thoughtful and thorough discussion with her doctor.

One can always try HRT for a few months and evaluate. Neither staying on or staying off needs to be forever.

Good luck thinking your way through

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Unread 10-19-2002, 04:16 PM

I am a lady in waiting but had one ovary removed last year and the other doesnt seem to be working. I had great success with Estroven It took a week or two to tell a difference and may upset your stomach from the black cohosh. I had to quit taking it in preparation for surgery in two weeks an notice I dont sleep as well and have hot flashes now.....hope I can go back on shortly after surgery
Good luck to you!
Unread 10-21-2002, 12:01 AM
ERT or not because of young age

Hi Ladys

Denise...I also agree that you can do just fine on the right supplements..I am doing very well.But you do need a good vit/min and calicum of 1200 to 1600 mgs daily to keep your bones healthy...With the ok from my DR...I take daily...

Womens vit/min supplement

bone support[calicum 1600 daily]


flaxseed oil w/omaga3 tea...cranberry........

joint support

hair nails & skin supplement

1 baby asprin [heart]

Drink ice water daily...Good for the cooling of the body and skin..

I take all ...Your vitimens by Andrew Lessman.....All natural no fillers.......And micro-granulated so no tummy troubles ......

Hope this helps....Keep posting

Unread 10-21-2002, 10:46 PM
ERT or not because of young age

There are some women that don't have to take any hormones after their surgeries cause they don't have a lot of symptoms. Like no hot flashes or emotional upheaval. For them some natural hormones will help and they don't need any more than that. But if you are having major symptoms, you might need hormone therapy. This is something that you need to talk to with your DR. Sometimes you don't have to take the medication for long periods of time so it won't be a problem. I have a history of breast lumps but my DR said to take it for now and then in a few months to reevaluate the situation.

TAH/BSO 8/20/02 for fibroids and endo. On the Vivile (spelling) Dot for HRT.
Unread 10-22-2002, 04:33 PM
I have tried 3 different ERT

Thank you for the responses to my post. I initially was on the vivelle dot for 6 months because I could not hanle the surgical menopause symptoms. I had extreme hot flashes like every 5 minutes from hed to toe, headaches, mood swings, irritability, and some other things. After about 6 months on the patch I developed an allergy to the adhesive. I am actually allergic to all adhesives, tapes, bnd aides, etc, except for 1 type of tape. So when this allergy began my doc tried 2 other oral pills, which I do not remember the names of but had to stop them because I ended up with miraines and I am prone to migraines anyway. This past January I had meningitis so I am on meds for continuous headaches, and certain meds make me more prone to the migraines.

So, my doc and I decided to try estroven and black cohoch and it did the trick. I also take 1500mg of calcium with Vit D, multivitamin.

I guess I am just really concerned about bone loss with being in menopause at such an early age and from what I was told by this person that I am too young not to be an aything.

Thanks again ladies
Unread 10-22-2002, 10:24 PM
ERT or not because of young age


I am so glad to hear the supplements are helping....Sounds like the DR is making sure your taking what your body needs.....I also was soooo bad for about 6 months with flashes and night sweats... and Moods!!!!!!!! But as time goes on and your body adjust , It does get better..........Keep taking your supplements and drink ice water as well...Cools the body.........

I was put on a mild anitdepressent to help balance my moods and it worked well.........

Keep posting and let us know how your feeling....

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