Hello ladies. I'm wondering if anyone might help who has had experience of surgical menopause please. I am 51 and had my surgery 5 years ago, and it's been 5 hellish years. I wasn't given HRT after my surgery as the Consultant who carried it out 'didn't believe in it'. I now attend a Menopause Clinic under a top Professor in her field and it took a fight to get referred.
I spoke to her by phone 3 weeks ago and at the time, my GP had just placed me on Premarin and the Prof. said that she wasn't wild about this type of HRT so I have stopped it a couple of days ago. I didn't want to be on this really anyway due to ethical reasons and also raised clotting risk. To be honest, I felt pretty rubbish on and now off it.
The Prof wants me to try patches or gel - to start with a 25mcg patch but I have tried this strength before and it really didn't make a dent in my symptoms. My flushes are awful - each one is preceded by awful panic.
I am so tired out and down that I don't know if I have the strength to do all this - obviously I would like to feel better but I don't have much hope that so far from surgery that this is going to work for me, nor how long it might take to get an HRT dose that will.
I know no one can tell me what to do, but I would like to hear from any ladies who are in my position and how they fair with HRT if they use it (estrogen only). Also, how long it might take for patches to work for symptoms. The patches I have are Estradot and I actually have been given plenty of the 25's, 37.5's and 75's as the Prof hoped I might easily be able to titrate with those dosages so in that respect, she has been extremely helpful. Also, for patch users - do yours stay stuck OK? Sorry to bombard with questions, and thank you.
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