10 years too long?

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Hi lady's.

I'm a surgical menopause at the age of 22. I've tried patches, gels and now the implant for 4 years. It's taken a while to get my hormone levels to stay over 400

Now coming 33 some one suggested that 10 years is too long to be on HRT.

The nurse who gives the implant thinks it is but she says she can't give me advice as they are not trained to and I need a gp referral back to the specialist.

Any advice would be welcome


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    Hello Sassi...I had to have a complete hysterectomy at age 33, I am now 61.  My husband asked my GYN how long I would have to be on my HRT, and my doctor told him, “pretty much forever.”  Well, he was right!  He is retired now, and he was the only Doctor I ever really trusted, I went to him from the time I was 17, until I was 50, then to his son until we moved away. 

    January of this year, my GP thought I should go off of them.  Well, I tried that, and what hell that was.  I decided...with the help of one of one of the really nice women on here, and I am so glad I did, to go back on them.  It has been about 2 months now, and Thank Heaven’s I did!  I feel so much better!  I have also found several women in their 80’s that refuse to go off, as they too tried, and went back on them.  As for me, I will not be going off of them for a very long time...if ever!  I do not want to go through that hell again!  But, I had to have everything removed due to illness, so I was only on one pill called Premarin here in the U.S., since I had nothing left, there is no need for progesterone.  

    My new insurance does not cover Premarin, so the doctor changed me over to Estradiol 0.5 mg, and it is the first time in all these years I have ever made a change.  I was afraid to change, that is why I went ahead and gave stopping a try.  One of the women here takes it, and said it is a good one.  I don’t often react well to meds, but I am doing very well on it.  I am so thankful for her input! 

    Someone posted something about migraines, and they could not take hormones...let me tell you, I have suffered from migraines since I was a teenager, and most of my life.  Awful ones!  I see a Neurologist for this, and am on meds that work wonderful, and do not interferer with my hormones, and do not get migraines at all from them.  So, there are ways around hormone meds with other meds for migraines...no need to suffer!  At this point...I don’t care, just give me the pill and make it go away!  I am too old to mess with this anymore!  LOL 

    I wish you good luck!!


  • Posted

    Ok i went to a specialist in the UK and he said no implants were available. How did you get youres???


    • Posted

      They are available there was a shortage due to packaging rules crossing from the states but this is OK now. City hospital Birmingham have asteady supply x
    • Posted

      jacqueline sorry to butt in here but if you're in the UK which I think you are most pharmacists can check supplies of medicines/drugs and can tell you when they are available and if not when there will be supplies. They can also identify where supplies have been sent. I only know this because a medicine I was taking wasn't available and my pharmacist was really helpful getting it for me from another part of the country until more were available.
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    Hi Sassi

    I had my ovaries removed in December 2015, then a full hysterectomy 4 weeks ago.

    I'm not on any medication, pending my histology results

    I have been given Clonodine for the night sweats but the side effects are really bad and really common I've not taken them.

    I'm really hopeful that my histology comes back clear so I can resume my HRT, whichever one I get!!

    My gynaecologist told me I'd be on HRT til I was 50 years old, that's 4.5 years from now. But I will stay on it as long as I feel the need to. Luckily I have s great GP who will assist me

    Good luck in finding the right solution for you x

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    I started on HRT in 1991 and apart from a short break last year I'm still taking it and my GP is happy to prescribe it.

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