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Started having menopause symptoms, went to GYN took blood test and they show a drop in Estrogen. I had partial hysterectomy 2009 (one ovary and uterus removed)Dr. Recommended low dose of bio identical hrt. I am not sure if I want to take hrt; however, I am just beginning this stage and having odd symptoms (dryness-extreme and weird head feeling). Questions:
1. Are the benefits of bio identical hrt worth the risks?
2. Are the risks of not taking hrt more damaging than the risks of taking them?
3. I suffer with Thyroid disease (graves) and my levels change often, does this impact hormones as well?


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replied February 25th, 2013
Menopause Answer A42301
Hi,
Welcome to ehealthforum,
HRT is started depending on the symptoms that you have and the hormonal levels (after evaluation). If your hormonal levels and symptoms indicate need for HRT, you should consider getting started on it. Continue to monitor your thyroid hormone levels and discuss the risks and benefits of getting started on the HRT with your treating doctor/gynecologist. Being on HRT will help to prevent other complications associated with menopausal onset. Visit your doctor/gynecologist for further clarification and assistance.
Take care.


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