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Name: Ruth

Dear Dr. Ericka: I have been in menopause for 18 months. In 1998, I had a condition called prolonged estrogen effect (similar to hyperplasia). I was treated with Prometrium until the endometrial lining reverted back to normal. I then took sublingual progesterone on a cyclical basis. I still get endometrial biopsies every year. I quit the progesterone when I entered menopause. I want to make sure my endometrial lining stays normal. I have a fibroid that is 4 cm that has grown from 1999 from 1.8 Cm. A repeat sonnogram will be taken. I have no menopausal symptoms. My breasts are still fairly dense. My mom took DES when pregnant with me. I don't know if there are any benefits to continuing progesterone and I know I don't want to take estrogen of any form.

Hard question. I am not sure an annual blind biopsy is serving any purpose. I would rather have an annual pelvic ultrasound. As for the progesterone, I don't know how much you are taking and what exactly it is accomplishing now that you are menopausal. I need more information and I am afraid so do you.

Best wishes,

Dr. Erika

Author of The Hormone Solution

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