Does a 74 year old woman who had a complete hysterectomy 16 years ago need some form of HRT??
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- 1 decade agoFavorite Answer
Hormone replacement therapy is meant exclusively for women who are peri, pre, or menopausal. At 74 she's definitely post-menopausal.
The purpose of HRT is to regulate the body's output of estrogen and progesterone as it changes from actively producing it for child birth to inactively producing it to maintain a healthy system. Once through menopause, other organs in the body, like the thyroid and lymph nodes, produce types of progesterone and estrogen that maintain a healthy female body. Since she had her uterus removed (was it a full hysterectomy with the ovaries, too?), she should've been perscribed unopposed HRT when she first came through surgery. She might've even taken it for a few years after to continue regulating the body if she had severe menopausal symptoms. However, there is significant research and study that suggests many unhealthy side effects result from taking HRT for an extended period of time. If she's still taking it, she ought to be weened off of it as soon as possible. And if she's considering taking it, there's really no need as her body is producing the right amount of estrogens for her at her age.Source(s): MA in gender studies. Dissertation was written about menopause and women's medicalization.
- porcelina_68Lv 51 decade ago
HRT is only recommended in extreme circumstances, when the symptoms of menopause are disruptive to your life. Those symptoms only last between 6 months and 14 years after actual menopause, which is 1 full year without menstrual periods.
Since they are only temporary symptoms, someone the age of 74 would not be experiencing them, and therefore would not need HRT.
- mohrLv 43 years ago
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- Robin BLv 51 decade ago
right ajf...don't forget though, that as we age, our bones become very brittle. Some sort of replacement for bone loss is important.
When we loose estrogen, we also loose the ability to retain the calcium we need. Boniva or Fosomax, those are good. She needs to see her doctor. Perhaps a bone density test is in order to see if she has any bone lose.
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- smartypants909Lv 71 decade ago
Thats something she should talk with her doctor about.