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How Fast Will I Go Into Menopause If I Stop Using My Estrogen Patch
Menopause is defined as the absence of menstrual periods for 12 months. During menopause, the ovaries stop producing estrogen and progesterone. After the complete transition into menopause, women can no longer get pregnant. The average age for menopause is 51 years old. Symptoms include dry vaginal tissue, irregular periods, hot flashes, mood ...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
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
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
I was also prescribed estrogen patch because I am ttc and I have low estrogen.
The patch stopped my period all together?
Unopposed estrogen: Continuous exposure to estrogen can stop menstrual periods, one of the reasons that continuous hormone replacement therapy using the gambrell regimen has been more popular than cyclic hrt. Bleeding occurs with a drop in Progesterone levels. Low levels of estrogen and continuous estrogen exposure will also stop menses. ...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
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
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