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Flash or Kill! - HRT, Not for Me

I would much rather have hot flashes than to be divored or sacked from my job. I feel great now, and I am convinced my body will deal with all it has to regarding hormones on its own..

Eight months ago, I had a full hysterectomy due to the fact that I had a large cyst (18 cm) on my left ovary. The doctor thought that it was cancer and operated within four days. It turned out that it was not cancer, but because they found a cyst on my other ovary as well as endometriosis, they decided it would be best to remove everything. I was then given HRT and told if I was able to do without then I should.

Not having gone through anything like this before i just thought, "Well, how will I know if I need it?" It was not long before I knew what he meant. The hot flashes were unbearable. So I gave in and started taking it. This was the worst thing I could have done. My mother had taken HRT and was great on it, but I was like a mad woman. I started falling out with anyone around me. I fell out with my boss for the first time in five years. I had an argument with a bus driver on my way to work. God only knows why my husband did not divorce me, and I even shouted at my son, which is very rare. I felt like everyone was against me, and did not feel as though I fitted in anywhere any more.

I tried to persevere as long as I could to see if things would ease a little after I was on it for a while. There was no chance. I was getting worse and on the point of leaving my job. Everyone kept telling me all the negative feelings I was having were in my head. I just thought they did not understand how I was feeling, and just thought of them all as uncaring.

Then I made an appointment with my doctor and told him I wanted to stop the HRT. I explained how I was feeling, and that I blamed the HRT, and he said it was ok to give it a try, and to visit him again in five weeks. It has now been six weeks, and I feel "normal" again. HRT did something to me that I just did not like, it turned me into a crazy person. The doctor today offered me HRT patches, but I refused. I would much rather have hot flashes than to be divored or sacked from my job. I feel great now, and I am convinced my body will deal with all it has to regarding hormones on its own.

Kind regards, Valerie
March 2006

 

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