quitting hrt

MardaJune 15, 2002

For those of you who have weaned yourself off HRT,how did you do it? Did you get a lower dosage hormone and do it that way,stop cold turkey,or just take fewer pills?

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Marda, I have recently talked to two women, one a nurse who went directly off and started spotting but otherwise is quite happy with the results and started taking eve. of primrose for the mood swings.

The other one who is in her sixties (early) has just cut back to three times a week and is also happy.

Good luck to you

    Bookmark   June 16, 2002 at 9:09AM
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Hi Marda :o)

I have gone off HRT twice...both times I just stopped taking the pills. I didn't have any problems, but in speaking with my new doctor (one I love), she told me that this is not really the smartest thing to do. She said it was probably best to speak with your doctor, but if that isn't going to happen, then drop the dosage and slowly stop.

I recommend talking to your doctor about this. I made it very clear that I had tried everything I was going to try and asked for suggestions of natural products. I am taking Black Cohash, three times a day (with meals) and that seems to be helping with the hot flashes. I also just purchased a natural progesterone cream from The Vermont Country Store, but don't see any changes, yet.

Good luck and let us know how you are doing :o)


Here is a link that might be useful: Vermont Country Store

    Bookmark   June 16, 2002 at 11:12AM
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I stopped hrt on my own about 10 years ago. I stuck it out for about a year, but one day I counted 35 hot flashes and so I went back on it. After trying several different patented medications and several doctors I now take tri-est a druggist compounded "conjugated" estrogen and at last feel like a human being. Plus it is cheap!

    Bookmark   July 8, 2002 at 9:50PM
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Sunrise, is tri-est the name of what you ask for? I went off premarin last fall, managed to get through most of the winter, except when people asked " are you ok, you're bright red?" but knew with spring I had to go back on, being bright red with sweat running down is not pleasant. Today a news story came across saying hrt is dangerous ....again, so I'm thinking of trying something else. Soy did not help at all .

    Bookmark   July 9, 2002 at 9:10AM
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Judy, I was going to tell you guys about that news story, but I don't know how to post a link. It was on my home page in the news. www.iwon.com. I think everyone should read it.

    Bookmark   July 9, 2002 at 2:36PM
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I have posted here in the past mostly for informational purposes, but I saw this article and thought everyone on this forum should know about it. I assume this is what you're talking about, Glassgoddess.

I wish everyone good health!

Here is a link that might be useful: Clinical trials halted

    Bookmark   July 9, 2002 at 9:37PM
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Yes it was! Thanks Phyllis.

    Bookmark   July 10, 2002 at 1:05PM
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There was a good article in the Washington Post on this study. That link is attached.

Use of statistics can be confusing and even misleading. For instance the phrase "100% increase in blood clots" simply means that of 10,000 women, 8 more would experience blood clots, or less than 1/10 of one percent. I need to give this some thought and look at alternatives, but plan to stay on HRT for another month until I've reviewed the research and will then talk with my Dr before I make my decision.

Here is a link that might be useful: HRT Study

    Bookmark   July 13, 2002 at 10:26AM
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Howdy everyone :o)

Just back from vacation and still feeling like a million dollars. I am very grateful to be one of those who got off the HRT merry-go-round. I realize it may be very good for some (no side effects) but for me it is better to be off of them.

Hope everyone is doing well!


    Bookmark   July 15, 2002 at 12:47AM
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