|I know that
I have increased risks from HRT but since I already do yearly physicals,
I'm willing to take the risks.
I have a very tense job that requires much concentration and got a referral
to a GYN because of heavy bleeding and general malaise. None of my sonograms
showed physical reason for bleeding, but I was anemic, so insurance paid
for me to have uterine ablation to stop the bleeding - quick and mostly
easy procedure that took one afternoon.
I still had hot flashes and severe cognitive problems and depression,
and my GYN prescribed Vivelle patch and pill - said I could give it a
try and after only a week, I feel so much better. I don't have bleeding
thanks to ablation (the rollerball kind - think it superior) and have
great decrease in depression, anemia (blood count finally normal) and
most of all, cognitive skills.
I am so relieved. I know that I have increased risks from HRT but since
I already do yearly physicals, I'm willing to take the risks. My doctor
told me one piece of sterling advice if you want to know about your own
menopause and where HRT will work - to ask your mother. According to doctor
our menopause will be something like 60% like that of our mothers - so
what worked for her just might work for you.
In any case, I'm an HRT believer. I wish there was more research on the
mental affection of lowered hormones, because I have a much better cure
on patch than I had on antidepressants - Lexapro and the like, that only
made me apathetic and lethargic.
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