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How Fast Will I Go Into Menopause If I Stop Using My Estrogen Patch
Menopause occurs 1 year after the last time you had a period. However, when perimenopausal (the time leading up to your period stopping) you can have a # of sxs. Sxs may include waking up in the middle of the night sweating heavily; dryness of the vaginal tissue; irregularity of periods, hot flashes; mood swings & decreased interest in sex. In the us the ave age ...Read more
What could cause me to stop producing estrogen even though i've not had a hysterectomy & gyn says i'm not in menopause but has no idea why?
Several causes: If the ovaries fail prematurely it could be one cause. Has your gyn checked your pituitary gland? Your adrenals? Your liver? Have you gotten very thin? Theses are all areas i would suggest looking into. ...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
40yr female with regular 26 day cycle started using estrogen patch (vivelle 0.025) for severe pmdd. No period since (2 months). Is est. The cause ?
May be: Why use vivelle for pmdd? You can use a very low dose 10 micrgram birth control pills and had an added benefit of preventing pregnancy since your period is still regular and still needs protection. The other possibility is, of course menopause. Check your fsh after several days off the patch. ...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
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
49 yrs old, just had a period 10 days ago. I'm on estrogen patch (.05) and prometrium 100 mgs. Day 15 i start painful heavy bleeding w clots. Why?
Hormonal Imbalance: Since the average age of menopause is 51 years of age, it is possible that you had an ovulatory cycle[ one last egg] which "overtook" the body in stead of the hormonal replacement you were taking. It is also possible that you took your medication late which could have led to the bleeding. If it persists i suggest you see your gynecologist. If this is a one time episode, i would not worry. ...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
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