advice on HRT needed.

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I am three weeks post op from a subtotal hysterectomy, removal of both ovaries and removal of a giant ovarian cyst. The cyst was enormous , over 30 cms/11pints, and I was told before my op I would need HRT, but couldn't start until the histology results were back for the cyst. I have now had confirmation that all was benign so need to make some decisions about managing this surgical menopause. I am aware that being thrown into menopause due to ovary removal means I can expect severe symptoms, but so far I have only experienced night sweats. That said early days.

I would like some advice on HRT. I have read about bioidentucal HRT, but don't know if it is just hype. There are also gels, creams, implants, tablets, oestrogen only or combined HRT. I just need to hear what has worked for others. I have no family history of cancer, but I do of heart disease. I myself am healthy but I am about five stone overweight. I would like to protect myself against osteoporosis, that is my main priority I think. I am 47 and had not started the menopause before my op. Any anecdotal advice much appreciated.

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    I tried the gel type but it didn't work for me I'm now taking menopace plus which you can by over the counter in any supermarket but I've only been on them a week and so far no change still getting hot flushes which are bad overnight Lyn x
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    Evorel 25mg patches and Progesterone 10mg tabs. Started 3 months ago (2 months after op) mainly because hot flushes were disturbing my sleep alarmingly and I need to concentrate at work. These are lowest dose possible in oestrogen and worked within 2 weeks. Nice guidelines say less evidence of stroke issues with transdermal HRT. Had to take protective progesterone due to endometriosis discovered at op. I like the regime, symptoms releived, no noticeable side effects. Plan to take for a couple of years and reduce when I reach 50
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    P.S. WOW!!! 30 cm cyst? Mine was 22cm (I know it's not a competition, but you won!). I had lost 4kg following op- have you had chance to weigh yourself yet? I bet you're half the woman you were! Not a recommended weight loss method, rather have laid off the pies given the option! 
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