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Taking estrogen medications and hormonal imbalances

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I had a hysterectomy 10 years ago at the age of 35. They put me on Premarin 1.25 mg. I have noticed over a 6 month period of tenderness of the breast, water retention, weight gain around the stomach. My last yearly exam I mention this to her and she told me I should stay on my hormone and was probably experiencing the starting of menopause. I am thinking about taking myself off of hormone to see if things would get better or at least cutting my dose in half.
Please advise.

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replied May 14th, 2009
Womens Conditions Answer A6582

According to the symptoms you report (breast tenderness, water retention, weight gain), it seems that you might be experiencing the typical signs (in certain women) of taking estrogens medications. Although the exact reason for the hysterectomy was not provided, still the normal findings of a PAP smear and mammogram provides the right information for your gynecologist to prescribe an adequate hormone-replacement therapy for the menopausal symptoms.

However, changing the treatment on your own might be highly inadvisable, since this could lead to a drastic hormonal imbalance in the organism. You might want to discuss the change of HRT (hormone-replacement therapy), change of the dosage, or simply switch to another HRT combination only with your gynecologist who is following and controlling your condition.

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