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23 Sep 2007

Total hysterectomy and the use of HRT
I am over the age of 50, had a total hysterectomy 4 years ago and notice a severe loss of memory & intellectual capacity. I am fit and healthy and do a lot os excercise to try and combat osteoporosis. I was using premarin to prevent hot flushes and prevent bone density loss (3 yrs) and have now stopped it altogether and am taking supplements that contain calcium, plant 'oestrogens' and ginko. After weeks of experimenting I have settled on a regimen of supplements (in moderation) that suit me, no hot flushes etc.

My question is how long after a hysterectomy (I am now 54) should one take HRT, and can one substitute commercial premarin with plant products?
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01 Jan 0001

Dear Sparky
These days it seems as if most studies suggest that you take HRT up to about 50 years, and then re-look the options for prevention of osteoporosis - there are non-hormonal drugs available for osteoporosis.
See http://www.rcpe.ac.uk/education/standards/consensus/hrt_03.php
What I would suggest is to get a bone density scan every few years and if ok with your plant products - keep on using them!
Dr Bets
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