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Old 02-01-2009, 05:23 PM
 
Location: Sarasota Florida
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I am at that age and have had several of my doctors ask me what my plans are. I am not interested in taking estrogen or any other form of HRT until I can be very certain of its safety. Further, I am one year plus into menopause and have not experienced any of the typicial symptoms.

There is such controversy over this and doctors are equally divided on this topic. What are your experiences, recommendations, and thoughts?

Thank you!!!
Menopause is a natural part of ageing and I chose to follow Mother Nature

The natural way has worked for me - now age 70, I look younger, and have not had to worry about any possible side effects of drugs because I take NONE.
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Old 02-01-2009, 05:53 PM
 
Location: Sarasota Florida
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Default Suzanne Somers........

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Lots of good info on city-data about HRT //www.city-data.com/forum/searc...rchid=10558781

Did anyone see Suzanne Sommers on Oprah The Bioidentical Debate with Suzanne Somers talking about bioidentical hormones? (She was showing estrogen, testosterone, DHEA and progesterone, in cream form.)

She looks great!
YES..... she does look absolutely GREAT !! and I'm sure she sells a lot of books by virtue of her looks. But, remember..... she was GORGEOUS when she was young, stunning!! By eating right, not abusing her body, a couple of nips/tucks/liposuction/makeup/airbrushing photos ..... she still is beautiful!

IMHO I do not attribute her great looks to taking hormones!
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Old 02-05-2009, 07:15 AM
 
Location: CT
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The problem with female HRT is that the major pharm companies get the estrogen from male horse urine. It is synthetic and not natural to the body, hence the problems. Bio-Identical Hormones as Oprah and Suzanne Sommers were talking about are the same God given hormones in your body. Dont settle for Big Pharmas crap, get real hormones that are supposed to be in your body.
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Old 02-05-2009, 07:28 AM
 
Location: Somewhere out there
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Glad I found this thread. Thank You all. At 52 I'm going through the natural peri-menopasel and have (I think) stepped into the menopausel. Do not and will not do HRT. Though some friends and family think that a good amount of other problems I have might be from the changes going on.
LOL might try to change my sleep scheduele though. H-F's start at about 3 to 4 in the afternoon and continue through the night. Have a fan blowing on my face every night all night. Wake up perspireing and kick the blanket off the tug it back on. This goes on throughout the whole night.
I am encouraged by your comments here. And this to shall pass.
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Old 02-05-2009, 07:38 AM
 
Location: Coastal Georgia
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HRT increases risk of blood clots. You do not want those.
I got a huge blood clot after taking HRT for only 5 months. I would advise women to NEVER ever take them. I also had ER+/PR+ breast cancer last year, so who knows if the hormones have anything to do with it.
Whether or not the bioidentical hormones are truly safer, I wouldn't chance it unless my quality of life was so bad that I'd rather have a blood clot than suffer the symptoms. A few hot flashes are no big deal.
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Old 02-05-2009, 07:41 AM
 
Location: Mandeville, LA
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Default Hrt

The Oprah show had Dr. Christiane Northrup and she recommended a panel of blood tests first before starting therapy. The panel's retail cost is over $800 but you can get them online through DirectLabs cheap! It included DHEA,s, Testosterone Total and Free, FSH, TSH and Vitamin D 25 Hydroxy
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Old 02-05-2009, 08:26 AM
 
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I got a huge blood clot after taking HRT for only 5 months. I would advise women to NEVER ever take them. I also had ER+/PR+ breast cancer last year, so who knows if the hormones have anything to do with it.
Whether or not the bioidentical hormones are truly safer, I wouldn't chance it unless my quality of life was so bad that I'd rather have a blood clot than suffer the symptoms. A few hot flashes are no big deal.
I worked with a woman a few years ago who developed breast cancer after one year of HRT. Both she and her doctor were convinced it was due to the HRT.
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Old 02-05-2009, 07:03 PM
 
Location: Florida
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I fail to see how a doctor could make that claim with 100% accuracy. Ditto for the blood clot issue.
Ever read the side effects of any medication one takes? It would scare the heck out of us to the point we would never take another medicine.
I think it is doing an injustice to many women to make claims that can't be confirmed with concrete evidence.
Taking an HRT is a personal choice and one should do their research but scare tactics are not helpful.


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I worked with a woman a few years ago who developed breast cancer after one year of HRT. Both she and her doctor were convinced it was due to the HRT.
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Old 02-06-2009, 11:40 AM
 
Location: Somewhere out there
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I'm just a natural born chicen when it comes to any drugs that I would ingest. I read all the side effects, take with this but not with that. So if I can survive this point in my life I'm going to fight my hardest. Currently faceing meds for another health issue. The side effects of the "possible" course of treatment doesn't have me very thrilled. I guess what I'm trying to say is I do not want to have to many meds and worry about all the junk that might or could or very well never happen.
Told ya I'm a big chicken.
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