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Old 11-06-2007, 04:44 AM
 
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Did someone say to lose weight? I missed that. Hormones cause you to gain weight.
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Old 11-06-2007, 05:06 AM
 
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In many cases so does Effexor!! But I think I missed the weight issue here....
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Old 11-06-2007, 07:43 AM
 
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Default I second that emotion.

GreenMachine wrote:
I just wouldn't take the stuff. If you want to lose weight, then get serious about exercise and healthy eating. No reason anyone should have to take a dangerous hormone to drop weight. I can't believe doctors are even pushing this stuff.
Amen to that! I second that emotion.

blessings.....Franco
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Old 11-06-2007, 08:41 AM
 
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Wow. I did HRT for 5 years. I was in my 4th year when that controversial Women's study came out. I thought about dropping HRT at that point. Saw my gyn and she explained how the study was flawed and incomplete (at that time). I was on the lowest, plant-derivative, system, and two different pills - one for day 1-16 and then added a second pill from day 16-26 (off for 5 days) and the gyn said that to have the full benefit of HRT, I should do it for the 5 years.

I have no significant personal or family history that would have contraindicated HRT. I felt great on it. When I did finish the 5 years, you could tell the difference between on & off but I stayed off.
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Old 11-06-2007, 08:44 AM
 
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Here is the difference.

When you are addicted to something, it is a chronic and psychological influence that can be compulsive despite harm and craving. For example, you can become addicted to marijuana. Despite it possibly ruining your career, your home life, and your social life, some people are addicted to marijuana and won't stop using it. However, you cannot become dependant on marijuana. Your body does not become physically dependant on the drug and stopping it will not cause withdrawal.

Effexor, on the other hand, is not addictive. People do not sell nor buy effexor on the black market, it has no potential for abuse. However, physically, your body can become dependant on it and you will suffer withdrawal if you abruptly stop. Caffeine is another example of something that you cannot become addicted to but can become dependant on.

Many things are both addictive AND dependant, such as opium.
Would it be OK to stray a little here and ask about nicotine? Nicotine is addictive. Are the rest of the chemicals in a cigarette the dependency branch?
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Old 11-06-2007, 10:39 AM
 
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Would it be OK to stray a little here and ask about nicotine? Nicotine is addictive. Are the rest of the chemicals in a cigarette the dependency branch?
Nicotine has both properties of addiction and dependency.
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Old 11-06-2007, 10:40 AM
 
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Did someone say to lose weight? I missed that. Hormones cause you to gain weight
That depends heavily on the hormone. Some hormones would make you lose weight, some will make you gain it.

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Old 11-13-2007, 11:50 PM
 
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Greenie,
I am 44 also, and am doing the same thing, staying away from sugar and refined carbs. I am getting some problems with heavy bleeding, but I'll just deal with it, there is no way I would take hormones for that or hot flashes, not worth the risk.
kat> please be careful w/the heavy bleeding. If it gets worse or you begin experiencing pain in your lower groin please,please go to the dr. and complain until he finds out what the problem is ok?
This happened to me and I was told it was part of the menopause process,except I wasn't in menopause. My pap tests were normal so the dr. just kept telling me it was"normal" and I was getting "older".(I was 48)
I believed this until the time I didn't stop bleeding for a month. A D&C showed stage3 uterine cancer.
1 hysterectomy and many tests,treatments, and drs appts later I am still here at 50. OH, I couldnt take hormones due to a factor 5 blood problem which makes me at a much higher risk for blood clots and heart attacks. Instant menopause was no fun but, even if I could have taken them, I wouldn't.
So take care of yourself ok?
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Old 12-29-2007, 07:02 PM
 
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Am taking premarin after a hysterectomy (uterus and ovaries). Am pleased with it. But when you have surgical menopause it is totally different than when your parts give out gradually. Also - prempro is the dangerous one that increase risk of breast cancer. It is the provera. Prepro has to be given to menopausal women who have a uterus to protect them from uterine cancer from the estogen. However, if you don't have a uterus you don't need prempro.

I tried going cold-turkey for several months after the surgery and that was a huge mistake (at least for me). The only way I feel like my old self is with premarin.

Same with a co-worker - she didn't take them because of everyone telling her not to -- she said she was at the point of a nervous breakdown and finally agreed to take them and she said she is 100% happy she did. The safety depends alot on the type you take, getting a good doctor, family history and general overall health.
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Old 12-30-2007, 05:28 AM
 
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I just read and posted on this forum that breast cancer rates are down since many women are not taking hormonal replacement. it is under Advances in Cancer Care
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