Blog about having premature ovarian failure and trying donor IVF with my sister's eggs

Hello HRT my old friend

One of the great things about being pregnant was that I didn’t have to take HRT (hormone replacement therapy) as my placenta magically produced oestrogen which was otherwise lacking in my body as my ovaries stopped making it when I was in my mid thirties – hence my premature ovarian failure.

While I was pregnant I asked my IVF doctor and my obstetrician when I would need to begin HRT after I had my baby. Both said I should wait around six months and then go back on it.

Well given the state of my poor old head, we’ve had to bring that date forward somewhat.

I restarted it about five days ago after my psychiatrist contacted my endocrinologist to confirm it with her. And I’m already feeling better. It’s amazing what a difference HRT makes – without it a girl can feel so anxious, withdrawn and down.

Upping my oestrogen means any remaining breast milk is drying up but breastfeeding my wee babe was already out of the question since I began on the antidepressant Pristiq last week.

So my mood is gradually lifting and I’m slowly feeling a little better. It can only improve I hope.


Comments on: "Hello HRT my old friend" (12)

  1. I am so happy to see you are on the up. It wont be long now ahnd you will be out walking in the park with your little one. It has been a very long and hard road for you and many many storms have passed over your head but, now finay the sun is riseing for you and chaseing all those gloomy clouds away.

  2. Hi Heather, yes I’m gradually getting there but it’s a slow process! Thx so much for all your kind comments – it makes me feel really supported and it’s so good to know you’ve been there and got better x x

  3. What Heather said! So eloquent. Great to hear you are starting to feeling better Laura. Lovely news, it’s made my night :))

  4. Marianne Drake said:

    Hi Old Friend,
    Decided to come and catch up with you here, and seems like I’ve missed a bit, but you are now on the steady up and up. It’s a tougher road than we anticipate sometimes, but the light is at the end of the tunnel, and with some help, it’s all the more close.
    I can certainly empathize with your experiences with the reflux having undergone that too and all the well meaning comments which are not based around medical science. We did Losec until 11 months and then off, then after seeing a brilliant Paediactric Gastro Doctor when River was 22 months last year, we are now on a better management plan again.
    Will be here cheering you along on the sidelines. Hug and kisses to you and your precious little girl.

    • Hi Marianne it’s good to hear from you. Thanks so much for your support and for sharing your experience with River. Our little girl is getting better every day now she is also on a lactose and dairy free formula which is great! We’re hopefully going home next week – yay! I’ll write a post on it soon. Hope all’s well with you xxx

  5. Haven’t been keeping up with my own post in a while so I thought I’d stop in and see what you were up to. I think the last time I checked in you were just getting pregnant with IVF so I am thrilled to hear about the birth of your daughter. Congratulations! I am sorry for the difficult recovery, but I’m glad to find out it’s getting better. I was curious about this post because I had stopped taking my HRT about 1 year ago and haven’t noticed much difference. I told my doctor about how it was making me bleed irregularly, skin breakouts, mood swings and she recommended that I stop taking it until I see a specialist. I haven’t been back since. I wonder what the damage is? Well, anyway, thank you for being such an inspiration to me. Stay healthy and happy parenting! -Earl of Court

    • Hi Earl of Court
      How are you getting on these days? I just checked your blog but you haven’t made any entries for a while. Hope you are well…

      • I just posted again finally. I hope you will share it with anyone who thinks it might have significance for them as I am curious to hear more stories about women/people who have found help or frustration with their doctors. It is easy for women in our situation to become frustrated. Since you asked, I am well. Glad to see you are doing well also.

  6. Sorry I haven’t visited in a while! Glad to read through your blogs to see your gorgeous baby girl! 🙂 Our babies are 16 days apart in age. Hope you are well! ❤

  7. Hi There, I have just found your blog and can share alot of your experiences. I went through POF at 28, not diagnosed until 35 and lucky enough to have a baby naturally, albiet it took 8 months to get pregnant at 31. I experienced post natal depression and anxiety and symptoms of menopause ALL at once, on top of going back to work when my daughter was 6 months. It was horrific. She also had reflux and was a very unsettled baby, no wonder with what I was going through. Since then I’ve taken ownership of my own health, was diagnosed POF and have tried a variety of treatments. Still not 100% but getting there. Thank you for sharing, its lovely to know we’re not alone. 🙂

    • Hi Christie
      I’ve just got back onto WordPress after a very long absence! Yours is the first comment I saw. Glad you like my blog. It sounds like you have had a very tough time. How old is your daughter now X

      • She is 8 and quite the little miss. All is well in our world now. Its amazing what a difference hormones can make 🙂

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