My HRT Question – Joan’s Story

Two years ago I found a lump in my pelvis which turned out to be a fibroid. I was offered a hysterectomy then which shocked me as I felt it was a drastic step in relation to my symptoms ie.pressure effects and heavy periods which though a pain  have always been regular. I declined this and asked about embolization at which my consultant basically said was not an option as I am not concerned about preserving my fertility.

Early this year I felt my fibroid had grown and the pressure effects to have got worse so I asked my GP to discuss the  pros and cons of a hysterectomy, however, he said it would be better if I was referred back to gynae . In March I saw the consultant again who said that she would do a hysterectomy, or if I did not want one I would be discharged from clinic and did not want to see me again! Also, she would remove my ovaries, put me on Zoladex pre-op and start me on HRT. I felt shell-shocked  because when I asked for information about what she had proposed a hospital leaflet was searched for. This was extremely basic. The appointment was hurried  and  I had 8 weeks to decide before my next appointment when she wanted my decision. This felt like an ultimatum to me.

In that time I had a repeat MRI scan which confirmed the fibroid has grown –its just over 10cm and I saw a different GP who though sympathetic had limited time to discuss my concerns. She suggested I use the Internet.

I felt such relief when I found your site because  I found the answers to a lot of my concerns and it is reassuring to know that there are other women out there who are in the same boat.

I have decided to go ahead with the hysterectomy , no Zoladex first as I am not prepared to take a risk on the side effects. I reason with myself that though the fibroid is not as large as what some ladies  describe it does cause me bother and I don’t like the fact that it is growing with the potential to go even larger. I am 44 and my mother stopped her cycles at 54. There is a psychological element for me because both my parents died of cancer and I know that it is rare for the fibroid to turn cancerous yet I would rather it not be there and if this means a TAH so be it.

When I returned to clinic I saw a registrar who was more approachable and willing to give explanations. She advised me to have my ovaries out because I have cysts on both and it would be a preventative measure to take in the one surgery. I am nervous about this aspect as I feel by going on HRT I take the risk of losing the person who I am now. This frightens me. However, with the information I get from you it’s a case of being forewarned is to be forearmed. My surgery date is to be confirmed but think it will be the end of Aug/Sept.


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  1. I have been using Evorel HRT patches since my hysterectomy over 2 years ago. I have been fine on them and have had no menopausal symptoms at all. After a lot of personal research I decided this was the safest and least invasive method of delivery. I have been advised to stop them after 2 years to see if any menopausal symptoms are still present and that up to 5 years use is considered safe. Over the age of 60 HRT is an absolute no the risks are too high due to age related factors too, this is the advice from my consultant and GP.