• Hormones

    Asked by Pheonix on Monday, May 2, 2016


    Has anyone taken hormone replacement to ease the menopause symptoms? My onc surgeon suggested I begin. I've expressed my concerns and he said the studies don't support any reason patients with ovarian cancer can't take hormone pills or use the patch. I'm apprehensive & stuck on the fence!!

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    • barryboomer's Avatar

      Don't use it....go vegan

      over 4 years ago
    • Skyemberr's Avatar

      I use hormone replacement after my full hysterectomy, but I didn't have ovarian cancer, just tons of ovarian cysts. I don't know if it would hurt you or not.

      There is an alternative that my doctor had me on for awhile. It's an herb called black cohosh. It worked very well to mitigate menopause symptoms! The only reason I went off of it and onto regular hormone therapy is that it causes sun sensitivity in some people, and I am allergic to the sun. I was actually on it for several months before I even head a problem from that. It was a very mild remedy. I could buy the capsules cheaply for about $4 a bottle at Wal-Mart in the pharmacy section.

      Still, as with any substance, you should check with your Dr before starting it. That said, black cohosh may be a good alternative if you don't feel safe on regular hormone replacement.

      over 4 years ago
    • cam32505's Avatar

      I went through natural menopause, then had uterine cancer. I could use some of the creams for dryness, but all the ads say not to use if you've had uterine cancer. It would seem that it would also apply for ovarian cancer. I think you need a second opinion because it doesn't sound right to take anything with hormones in it if you've had any type of female related cancer.

      over 4 years ago
    • LMMitchell's Avatar

      It just depends on whether or not your ovca is estrogen receptive. They can test it to see. My Dr has been pushing me to take hrt, but I don't want to take any chances. I would rather suffer through some hot flashes than go through chemo again. I am 3 years out from surgery and still have them, mainly if I've had something with sugar in it. We also need to be aware of plant estrogens, particularly soy. Unfortunately soy is hidden in so many things.

      over 4 years ago
    • catmama3's Avatar

      I would be very leary of taking hormones. Why take the chance? Unless your menopause symptoms are unbearable, they're a better alternative than cancer.

      over 4 years ago
    • HeidiJo's Avatar

      I took hormones because the chemo slammed me into medical menopause, and my doctor felt that I should not have to deal with the hot flashes on top of healing from the chemo. It did help, but then I began to get cysts in my breasts, the Dr. said probably from the hormones. But they said each one needed to be biopsied because of my past history. The OB/GYN said it wasn't a big deal to biopsy each one, but it was a big deal to me! So I stopped taking the hormones, I haven't gotten any cysts since.

      over 4 years ago
    • watergirl's Avatar

      Hi Pheonix, My (several) Gyn Onc's (and personal research) recommend absolutely NO estrogenic hormones, not even in your food/diet if you have OV cancer. However I have found one meno supplement that is non-estrogenic, and is very effective for hot flashes, particularly for sweating (while you are taking it); it's "Maca" (a type of radish from the Andes); and it's readily available at most health food store and relatively inexpensive if you buy online or at larger suppliers (quite expensive at my local health store since we only have one in 100 mile radius).
      I buy at Swansons online; and I (and many Naturopaths) prefer the NOW brand (who are much more conscious/picky about quality & purity of ingredients & suppliers); Swanson being reliable, well stocked, reasonably priced and with great sales & email discounts.

      over 4 years ago
    • Pheonix's Avatar

      Thank you everyone. I appreciate your answers & suggestions. I too am leary. Good to have people who understand & can relate.

      over 4 years ago
    • Cindy's Avatar

      My onc told me to absolutely not take any hormones since I had ovarian cancer..

      over 4 years ago
    • watergirl's Avatar

      PS: Please note that menopause symptoms are not caused by estrogen shortage alone, but by an imbalance/shortage of other hormones as well. Therefore, you may be able to improve some of your meno symptoms by having your hormones tested/measured (by a specialist who fully understands the cancer complications) to see if there are other treatments/adjuncts that might help you. (One of my girlfriends with breast cancer solved 'meno migraines' by doing so.)
      Personally I get great relief by treating my meno migraines with Excedrin with caffine; and can usually head them off entirely if I treat at the very first sign of onset.).

      Also, please note the recent post by "willie" listing some "Simple Solutions to Common Problems" like using coconut oil for sex/vaginal dryness, etc.

      over 4 years ago

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