I discussed the option of HRT with my doctor today, he said, "No Way", not with the strong history of breast cancer in my family. I just assumed, that since I had a bilateral mastectomy, and had no breast, I would be able to take HRT. How depressing. I feel like I had the bilateral mastectomy for nothing, since I still have a chance of getting breast cancer, or in the area where my breast use to be. I am so depressed.
Thank you for your information, it was helpful.
How are you? The ovaries produces most of the body's estrogen. And oophorectomy results to an abrupt drop of Estrogen levels as well as early menopause. Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) uses estrogens and progestin to ease the symptoms of menopause. The progestin protects the uterus from the increased risk of estrogen-related endometrial cancer. HRT may also help prevent or delay the development of Osteoporosis, Alzheimer's disease, colon cancer, macular degeneration, urinary incontinence and skin aging. However, HRT has many short-term and long-term side effects. But sometimes, changing the dosage or the way it is administered can help control side effects.
It is important to weigh all of the potential benefits and risks, as well as your preferences and needs before beginning HRT with your doctor. Women who take HRT should be closely monitored. Usually, those who have not had their uterus removed are prescribed low doses of estrogen with progestin.
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I had a bilateral mastectomy in 11/07, I recently had both overies and tubes removed on 7/14/08. Since I had the mastectomy, would it be safe for me to be on hormone replacement therapy? I have a strong family history of breast cancer, including sisters, mother, and aunts. I am 45 years old, and am very concerned of heart desease and osteoporsis. The breast cancer I had was DCIS in my left breast, but followed the surgeons advise and had the bilateral mastectomy because of my strong family history. What is your oppinion?
I am so grateful for this site, and all the great help from you. Thank you so much for answering these questions.
Thanks very much for posting a reply, I have been back to the doctor and he said the same as you have!
How are you? Fibrocystic breasts are characterized by lumpiness and usually discomfort in one or both breasts. The condition is very common and benign due to changes in hormone levels during the menstrual cycle.Women with fibrocystic breasts usually experience lumps in both breasts that increase in size and tenderness just prior to menstrual bleeding. The lumps may be hard or rubbery and may be felt as a single breast lump. Fibrocystic changes can also cause thickening of the breast tissue. In cases of extremely fibrocystic breasts, it can be very difficult to examine by palpation. Even mammograms of such cases may be difficult to interpret. In these cases, breast ultrasound exams and other tests can be very helpful. If not, regular follow-up as often as every four to six months is recommended.
The treatments for fibrocystic breast condition are directed at the individual components of the condition, including the relief of breast pain and tenderness and the correction of hormonal irregularities. It is however recommended to have a baseline mammogram between the ages of 35-40 years and subsequently every year from age 40 onwards.
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