HRT after surgical menopause
Hi Wray, I am now over two months post operative, after a subtotal hysterectomy taking my ovaries too. I had several very large fibroids and generally have a history of so many gynaelogical problems throughout my life.
I am aged 52 but think I was declining rather than actually in the menopause when I was operated on, having had an op in 2004 which removed the lining of my uterus so no periods to gauge myself by.
I am experiencing horrendous hot flashes, about 15 a day, which are keeping me awake at night, a huge drop in libido and general depressive state, feeling very worthless and anxious. The waistline also seems to be expanding although I weigh the same.
I am confused as to whether I need to use progesterone therapy, as my gynaecologist has suggested oestradiol in a low dosage... yet the progesterone cream seems to help with so many of the problems women face through the menopause and I have always steered clear of hormonal assistance, including the contraceptive pill in the past. Are you able to advise?