• Hormone Replacement Therapy

    Asked by CarolLHRN on Wednesday, October 24, 2012

    Hormone Replacement Therapy

    Chemo has put me into menopause at the age of 38. My doctors have approached me about hormone replacement therapy. Any thoughts out there?

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    • Cindy's Avatar

      My doctor told me to stay away from hormone replacement therapy because it would increase the risk of my cancer returning. It is associated with increased risk of ovarian and breast cancer and other cancers.

      over 8 years ago
    • tnblondee's Avatar

      Chemo put me into menopause at 39 and my doctors have advised me to avoid any hormone replacement drugs because I had estrogen positive breast cancer so I am not sure how that would apply to someone with your cancer. However, there is an ongoing scandal here in TN about a clinic that was doing Hormone Replacement Therapy and not advising patients of the cancer risk associated with it...

      over 8 years ago
    • LauraJo's Avatar

      I was just in to see my gynecologist Monday, and he has mentioned hormones, lubricants, and anti depressants to ease the symptoms of menopause, but we haven't gotten into specifics 'cause I am not really having a lot of problems. However, I am 51, and was already partway into menopause when I was diagnosed at 49. You don't mention if you are having problems or if the doctors are just offering this because of your being relatively young? My personal thought is that I don't want to put ANYTHING in my body at this point. I was having some hot flash issues during chemo, and did take Black Cohosh for that, and my oncologist & gynecologist were both ok with that, but that seems to have settled down, so I have stopped taking that.

      over 8 years ago
    • leepenn's Avatar

      I did opt for hormone replacement therapy. Yes, the medical community is debating hormone therapy for people like us. But, over ten years early on menopause? The sudden menopause hit me pretty hard, to be honest. And the concerns about heart disease and bone density are very real.

      Reading the scientific literature, I do not think that hormone therapy should be an automatic no. In my case, I feel confident of my decision to choose hormone therapy. I feel better. I sleep better. My mood is better. My lady bits feel better. I still get hot, but nothing like before I started HRT. And I feel like I'm actually living... I think I got hit with some sudden-menopause-depression... Also, I feel better knowing my bones and heart health are protected.

      I recommend doing your research and asking your docs lots and lots of questions. It could very well be a good option for you. Then again, it might not be. Much of the thinking that HRT is BAD BAD BAD is based on research from the women's health initiative, and conclusions based on those data are being called into question.

      I did a google scholar search on this topic, and several articles came up that discuss these data.

      For the women's health initiative, the compelling data are those showing that women within ten years of menopause actually do not have an increased risk of breast cancer.

      Anyway - I like this summary....


      Good luck - it's tough to wade through all the medical literature and attempt to make an informed decision. I was very lucky to have an oncologist who seemed very educated in this regard and wholeheartedly approved my decision to choose HRT.

      over 8 years ago
    • leepenn's Avatar

      PS - good luck. Sudden menopause SUCKS!!!!!! But it can get loads better.

      over 8 years ago
    • TammyF's Avatar

      I also had that happen at age 26. For the first 5 years I used meds to replace hormones. But decided that being on them for so many years has to many risks so I stopped taking anything to the loss of my ovaries. I am now 54 and can say it was a good choice. No cancer for over 25 years. And the hot flashes are very minimal, never really went through menopause... So win win... I suggest not using it, but if you have symptoms get a shot once in a while but don't be dependant on meds .... Now my husband has cancer which is why I am on this site... Good luck to you

      over 8 years ago
    • Dexter65's Avatar

      Do not take them is the advise from my doctor.

      over 8 years ago

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