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Registered: ‎04-10-2010

Re: Hormones after Hysterectomy

I had a hysterectomy almost 20 years ago. I have been on hormones since, but I do a balance of estradiol and progesterone that Is custom compounded for me. It is a cream and I think between the two I pay about $60/month. Compounded hormones have never been covered by insurance (for me), but I would rather use the bioidentical form rather than the synthetic.

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Registered: ‎06-07-2010

Re: Hormones after Hysterectomy

I had a complete about 15 years ago at 45, and tapered myself off Premarin when the reports of heart attack came out. I did it slowly over about three months. I only took it about 2 years.
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Registered: ‎03-12-2010

Re: Hormones after Hysterectomy

I was on Premarin for some 30 yrs after my hysterectomy. It was really wonderful. I had to be taken off because of other medical problems that might have caused cancer, so I was taken off cold turkey. that was in 2006.

Insomina, depression, up-down episodes. I have had to learn to live with this. I try to have good days, sometimes it works other times not so good.

I would love to go back on the hormones, I was so much better on hormones, but if I do go back on hormones I have a high chance of cancer, so it is go with or go without. I chose go without.

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Registered: ‎03-12-2010

Re: Hormones after Hysterectomy

I had a total hysterectomy almost six years ago and took nothing....but was recently put on premarin cream due to dryness. The cost here with my insurance was close to $200! I get some of my RX from Canada Pharmacy and was able to get this through them as well. You may want to check into this. You will need a prescription from your physician. I can now get three slightly smaller tubes from the same manufacturer for around $55.

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Registered: ‎07-21-2011

Re: Hormones after Hysterectomy

If you had a total hysterectomy, you only need estrogen. I used a patch called Vivelle Dot. It's half the size of regular patch which is nice. I was on it for quite a few years and one day decided it was time to stop & I had a few problems which stopped in a few days. I know what you mean about insurance costs - ridiculous is one word to use.

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Registered: ‎03-18-2014

Re: Hormones after Hysterectomy

You do realize what premarin is made from? There are many (better) alternatives that don't involve abuse of horses.

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Registered: ‎05-13-2010

Re: Hormones after Hysterectomy

After complete hysterectomy in 91 I've used the patch Vivelle dot. Love it

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Registered: ‎03-10-2010

Re: Hormones after Hysterectomy

My hyst was in '08 and I've been on the generic called estradiol for years now. I get it at Walmart - costs $10 for a 90-day supply. Seeing what some of you ladies pay, I couldn't be happier!!

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Registered: ‎07-04-2011

Re: Hormones after Hysterectomy

I think the insurance companies are trying to make it financially impossible for us to be on hormones. My Combipatch went WAY up to unaffordable and all my symptoms are back.

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Registered: ‎07-04-2011

Re: Hormones after Hysterectomy

On 3/18/2014 NOMEAT said:

You do realize what premarin is made from? There are many (better) alternatives that don't involve abuse of horses.

Why don't you regale us with them?