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can you do hrt if you had a complete hyster 12 years ago and never took hormones after surgery

By Anonymous June 25, 2010 - 8:02am
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is it too late to start now

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Hi Catherine

The answer to your question depends on a lot of variables, particularly your medical history. You don't say how old you are, and that can make a difference. The reason for the hysterectomy is relevant, too.

Generally speaking, starting hormone therapy years after going through menopause is thought to carry more risk than starting right away. However, this does not mean you can't do it. It will all depend on your history.

We have had discussion on this before: http://www.empowher.com/community/ask/hrt-or-not-hrt, and the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists has an information pamphlet that may help you: http://www.acog.org/publications/patient_education/bp066.cfm.

In the end, this is something you must discuss with your gynecologist. Together you can figure out whether the benefits outweigh the risks of HRT for you.

Thank you for writing. Please let us know what you decide, as it can help others in your situation.

June 25, 2010 - 11:57am
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