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Hormone Therapy After Hysterectomy
Unclear: A hysterectomy refers to removal of the uterus only. Based on your history of hormone use i assume you had your ovaries removed. Menopause symptoms are variable in different women. To understand things better and to determine the best plan of action, i would recommend seeing a reproductive endocrinologist. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
A hormone (from greek ὁρμή, "impetus") is a chemical released by a cell or a gland in one part of the body that sends out messages that affect cells in other parts of the organism. Only a little amount of hormone is required to alter cell metabolism. In essence, it is a chemical messenger that transports a signal from ...Read more
Yes: Hormone replacement (hrt) should be given to all women unless they have significant contraindications. Unfortunately the medical sentiment has changed against hrt over the last decade. It is coming back but physicians are still very reluctant. Many benefits and few risks if done in non-oral fashion. Especially very important if the hysterectomy was done before age 50. Don't wait seek hrt. ...Read more
Is a hysterectomy after menopause the best answer for hormone therapy if you have uterine fibroids?
It depends: Most fibroids shrink in menopause, even if you are treated with low-dose hormone therapy. If, however, fibroids grow during menopause, that is a red flag for possible trouble. Hysterectomy will be your best bet to rule out the possibility of a cancerous growth, and to prevent further fibroid growth. Furthermore, you can then use estrogen alone which may be safer than estrogen plus progesterone. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
There is varying: opinions as to the efficacy and safety of HRT. Best discussed w/your physician or even multiple opinions. ...Read more
What's my risk of heart disease after a hysterectomy? My doctor recommended a hysterectomy and hormone replacement therapy, but i've read it can increase my risk of heart disease. I already have some risk factors. Does a hysterectomy make my chances of de
Not 4 optimal result: If you are going through the sex change surgery, why stop short of hormones? This will help to improve the overall outcome of the transformation. Although it carries risks that should be discussed with your endocrinologist, you would benefit from many of the secondary sexual characteristics that may not be improved with surgery alone. ...Read more
I want to know for how long should I take hormone therapy for prostate cancer after taking radio therapy?
Discuss w urologist: No advice can be given without knowing stage & grade (requires result of prostate biopsy) of your prostate cancer. Was there any consideration of surgery before radiation?. What kind of hormone therapy are you receiving, estrogenic or anti-androgen?. Has there been consideration of castration surgery. Best advice is from a uro-oncologist ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Possibly,not typical: The uterus is at risk for precancerous changes or uterine cancer when estrogen is taken without progesterone. This is called unopposed estrogen. After a hysterectomy, no Progesterone is needed. Studies on breast cancer & hormone replacement remain controversial, but most evidence points to Progesterone as the culprit in breast disease. Stay posted as more knowledge about this topic changes often. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Exogenous hormones: Any hormone given from externally (body not being able to make it enough for its own need, or as a form of medication to achieve certain goal) comes under this category. Estrogen in menopause; thyroxine for hypothyroidism, Insulin in dm are all in this category; so are hormones in cancer treatments. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Any hormone given from externally (body not being able to make it enough for its own need, or as a form of medication to achieve certain goal) comes under this category. Estrogen in menopause; thyroxine for hypothyroidism, Insulin in dm are all in this category; so are ...Read more
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