KimT wrote: You cannot just replace estrogen in women. You have to consider progesterone and testosterone as well.
KimT wrote:Excuse me while I step on my soapbox. I am on hrt following ovarian cancer. I had to fight for it. I have found in general that oncologists are terrible when it comes to dealing with post chemo side effects. They just don’t deal with it. The attitude I got from oncology and a lot of doctors is that I should be thankful to be cancer free and basically I don’t have the right to ask for a better quality of life. If you beat cancer and are miserable, what was the point? I was on just Premarin for years and it was inadequate. You cannot just replace estrogen in women. You have to consider progesterone and testosterone as well. I am now on bioidentical hormone replacement. I see a pharmacist who specializes in it. He cannot prescribe it though but I see a gynecologist who works with him and she will prescribe whatever he recommends. As long as I see her once a year for a pelvic exam, she will write the prescriptions. I would recommend seeing someone who does bio identical hormone replacement. My pharmacist customizes a blend for me. I am getting estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone. I finally feel like a women after 6 years of inadequate treatment. Fight for a better life for yourself. Doctors are not very supportive of hrt following cancer but be firm about what you want. There are risks of course but we have the right to choose hrt for a better quality of life. They don’t get to decide for us.
How long did it take before you started to feel normal? Now often do they check your levels? That's a great idea about seeing a pharmacist.
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