Nurse Mary

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I feel like I continue to gain weight while on Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT). I've exercised five to six times a week since I was 18 years old. I also do cardio five days a week.  

I went on bio-identical HRT three years ago and my body composition has changed in an awful way. I have gained roughly 10 pounds. Is it the hormones or would it have happened anyway? I get so down about it that I feel like I don't want to go to the gym anymore because it's a waste of my time.

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April 18, 2014 at 5:50am


I am a 38 year old women that doesn't know what is wrong. I had a hysterectomy at age 18 due to polycystic ovarian disease that started when I was 16. During that time, the doctor I had tried to help me, but I ended up going through 23 surgerys to try to save my ability to have children.

Anyway, he never gave me hormones and said I shouldn't need them since I was just 18 years old. I am a wreck at age 38. I can't sleep more than three hours at a time. I constantly feel down like I'm not good enough. Its ruining my relationship with my boyfriend. I just feel angry and mad all the time and now I'm crying. Do I need hormones? Please help, I just want to be normal again! 

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April 17, 2014 at 9:39am

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