May 22, 2010 - 8:30 am
Sorry if this topic has been discussed before but I was wondering if anyone out there has any experience/thoughts about taking estrogen to relieve hot flashes/night sweats.
Prior to my hysterectomy in August 2009 I was still menstruating. So of course the surgery put me immediately in menopause. My gyn/oncologist prescribed estrodiol but I never took it while I was in chemo (just figured I tough it out because I didn't want yet another drug).
Once chemo was over and my energy came back..the hot flashes got very bad. With my wedding day approaching in April I figured "why suffer" so I started taking the estrogen in early March 2010. The hot flashes and night sweats went away and I'm feeling great.
I'm not experiencing any side effects but what about long term ? I've done a lot of reading on this topic and there certainly seems to be 2 camps on this subject (pros and cons) and where estrogen puts you in higher risks for some diseases but there benefits as well.
Your thoughts ?