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Benefits Of Estrogen Patch After 60
Symptoms only: If you are still have menopausal symptoms (eg hot flashes, sweats) after age 60 than estrogen replacement therapy may still be indicated. However that is not the usual situation. Typically the risks of estrogen outweigh the benefits in women 60 and older. Estrogen replacement has been shown to increase the risk of heart attacks, strokes and breast cancer.While it can reduce the risk of bone loss. ...Read more
If it works: There is a wide range of dosing of estrogen patches. And, as with most meds, you want to use the "lowest effective dose". The big question is "does it work?", as that would be the definition of "effective". At age 20, why is it RXed? (DUB?) Does it work? I would discuss it with the doctor writing the prescriptions to decide if it is doing what you're hoping it will do. I.e. is it effective? ...Read more
Estrogen patch peels: Look at the patch and see where the drug is actually located. I think it is mostly toward the center and the edges are just the adhesive. You wouldn't withdrawal necessarily but your level might be a little less. The patches are not my favorite...They change the amount they deliver based on body temp, placement etc. You might just try taping edges down if your worried:). ...Read more
Patch or pill?: Over the long term, the patch could actually be a better option. Many people do find they tend to come off the body too easily, however - like before they're supposed to. Other options include allowing the estrogen pill to dissolve under the tongue, and injectable estrogen. It is felt that swallowing an oral pill may have more impact on the liver over time. LGromko MD ...Read more
Is there any way to balance out hormones? Am I better using estrogen patch and cutting it to meet my needs?
Yes & No: Yes, there is a way to balace out hormones. No, you should not cut estrogen patches. To 'balance' your hormones, you have many options, eg pills, creams, patches, sprays, etc. Pick the one that's best for you after taking into account cost (insurance formularies), route & frequency of application, and side effect profile. If you choose patches, never cut them - ask for smaller dose. Good luck! ...Read more
For postmenopausal women, why is it dangerous to go back on estrogen patch after being off it for 3 years (unopposed estrogen patch, tiny dose)?
Controversy: Recent keeps study suggests timing is key to use of estrogen/progesterone in menopause. Even a tiny dose of unopposed estrogen is not recommended if you still have your uterus (did not have hysterectomy) since this can/will increase risk of uterine cancer. Progesterone protects against this. Evidence is clear that estrogen doesn't help prevent much if you start 10yrs post-menopause. You're inbtwn. ...Read more