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right so I'm 5 day post op and my hubby been to the doctors for me to get my doctors not and there was some HRT patches for me to, I'm just confused he wasn't me to go on Estradot 25mg now I'm 41 and have no symptoms so what I need help with is 1- do I need to do the patches 2- is there any risks if don't do them 3- can my body be ok if I don't do HRT my heads hurting just thinking about it and the doctors are no good nor the hospital when I asked them I'm from uk 

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    Did you have your ovaries removed? If you did you are no longer producing sufficient hormones yourself to protect yourself against osteoporosis. HRT does have some risk attached, even though relatively small, so 

    I would ring your surgery and ask if any of the gps specialise in menopause/ gynae. Then have a chat about your options. 

    I have just had a hysterectomy and ovaries removed. I considered tablets vs patches, gels and dreams. I think you can have an implant too, in fact some surgeons put an implant in when they do the op to tide you over. I have gone for patches, evorel 50, as absorbed through skin rather than the liver which I prefer. You do need to gave a chat with someone before you start on HRT. They need to take your family history and your blood pressure at the very least. 

    I am told by friends that once they get the HRT dose right you will feel really good, with loads of energy, better skin, hair etc and better sleep, less night sweats. But most importantly your bone density will be protected which is the number one thing for me. I am 47, in the UK too, and was pre menopause before my op in March. 

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      Hi ya yes had my ovaries removed, my doctors are useless and trying to get hold of someone to talk to is a task in it self. I looked at all l option and I thought the patches where the best, where did you put yours and did you feel ok on them x
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      Only been on them a short time but so far so good. Tried them on my bottom and on my thigh. Prefer thigh I think. They didn't come off in shower of bath, not tried swimming yet but can't see a problem. 
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    Hi there, I went through the menopause when I was 47 I didn't have any symptoms other than the fact that my periods stopped, I didn't go on HRT and have never been on it (I am 63 now), this is only my experience, my sister went on it and was soon afterwards diagnosed with breast cancer, my consultant who did my hysterectomy many years after I went through menopause asked me if I had been on HRT and when I said no, he said Good! again this is only from my own experience, you don't have to go on HRT if you don't want to, it is a personal thing, I have never had any ill effects from not going on it.
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      Just wondered if you still had your ovaries when you went through the menopause? You don't mention this and I think it's important when thinking about HRT. I think if you retain your ovaries beyond 50 or so then there is a less compelling argument for HRT. I don't think phoebe should just start on prescribed patches without talking it through with a medic. 
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    Hi and well done for getting through the op. Mine was 6 months ago and was scared beforehand! I started HRT patches 8 weeks after op, wasn't planning to, but had fairly severe hot flashes and sleep difficulties. They didn't really develop until 3 or 4 weeks post op, but docs were in no rush to prescribe. I agree with yorksgirl, would be good to discuss it with a professional before you start, but probably no rush if you're not getting symptoms at present. My evorel 25mg patch has worked really well for me and have been recommended to stay on it til I'm 50. At 41, I think most docs would consider it for you as osteoporosis prevention, but no rush for next few weeks, just be aware you could find surgical menopause symptoms make you glad to give it a go. Good luck getting an appointment to discuss it, I know what it's like.. but so grateful to our overworked NHS! P.s. I think there's conflicting evidence as to what's best, so you are wise to want to discuss it.
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    Hi I had my ovaries out at 40 and went straight onto hrt before the natural hormone left my system. There seems to be a strong argument for taking it if oophorectomy happens before 50 to protect bones and heart. I opted for gel as like other comments less goes through the liver. I did have tablets at first as contained other things I needed post op but they really didn't suit me and I couldn't wait to change. Tbh I don't feel any difference now I've been on gel 6 months it seems to suit but talk to your Gp about any concerns etc first. Good luck with recovery 😊
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