Surgical Menopause & HRTs
Sunday, October 02, 2011
Menopause has never been a true issue for me. I have been very happy to not have a monthly visitor and the major mood swings that went along with it. At times I have questioned the need for HRTs, but they control the hot flashes and night sweats. My dr feels since this all started when I was in my late 30s & early 40s that it is necessary for me to be on hormones. Maybe she is right but I am starting to really wonder if they are the reason why I can't seem to lose weight consistently. Or am I looking for excuses?
I started my journey into menopause 8 yrs ago (2003) when I went into to get my tubal ligation. The dr found a terratoma on one ovary and removed the ovary. Then about 3-4 years later, I was doubled over in pain and in the emergency room, we discovered that I had an eptopic pregnancy and the dr removed the fallopian tube and 2nd ovary but refused to do the hysterectomy. I started on HRTs about that time, but I can't remember which one. A year later my uterus was full of fibroids and the dr decided it was okay to do what I wanted from the beginning, a hysterectomy. 3 surgeries affecting my lower ab muscles. Do I stand a chance of them ever being flat again without a 4th surgery?
I have been on HRTs since my early 40s and the dr wants me on them until I am 50. I don't know if I want this. I took myself off the premarin (that I am currently taking) this summer. I lost 10lbs in a month but I was sensitive and not feeling the same. I started taking the premarin again and the weight I lost has crept back on and I really want to say my cravings for sugar have increased again. Does anyone else find this?
My sensitivity issues seem to have stopped though.
I have an appmt with my gyn in 3 weeks and I really hope to be able to get some answers.
Thanks for listening.