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How Should I Take Estrogen Progesterone
How long should i be taking pills to avoid pregnancy? Will it really cause cancer? I am taking cyproterone acetate ethinyl estradiol 2mb/35mcg
Daily: Only when your doctor(s) have agreed that you need both. If you can't understand their comments try and get an appointment with a different doctor. The origin of the word doctor is "docere", to teach! ...Read more
My estrogen level was 5600 before fresh cycle. I was prescribed IM progesterone and PO estrace (estradiol). If my estrogen level was why do I need to take estrace (estradiol)?
Unclear: That will need to be addressed with the prescribing physician. The answer likely depends on what problem the doctor was trying to fix and what your goals of treatment are. Without that information there is no way to comment ...Read more
Progesterone: You need to check with your physician. We check hormone levels thru the entire month to see what is going on all month long and then add in the Progesterone where needed. This is usually day 12-24 of the cycle but varies per patient. This test also let's us know if a patient is more prone to miscarriage and would need Progesterone to maintain their pregnancy. ...Read more
I had a hysterectomy and take Estropipate 1.5 mg can i take estrogen pills as well will it hurt me?
You need to be balan: if your uterus was removed and the ovaries were left in, you may not need any sort of hormonal therapy. With that being said if your ovaries were removed then attention should be paid to if you need to have hormonalsupplementation examples would be testing to check your bones and cardiac status. Estrogen and progesterone need to be given together. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Perimenopause: Check with your PCP or GYN, when was your last period? If this was over a year ago, then you are postmenopausal. If not, you are perhaps perimenopausal. If your symptoms are bothersome, and especially, since you are young, hormone therapy may be appropriate, however, there needs to be a baseline evaluation and discussion. ...Read more
8-12 weeks: Different docs have different opinions. While it is probably safe to stop at 8 weeks, many docs will chose to be more cautious and continue it up to 12 weeks. ...Read more
If I start my period while taking progesterone to induce my period. Do I continue to take the progesterone for its full duration?
When using estrasorb with with prometrium, (micronized progesterone) how do you take both if your still menstruating?
Take both: It sounds as of you have break thru bleeding. If you keep taking both drugs, the bleeding will probably stop in 3 months or less. If not, see your dr. There are other reasons for bleeding. An endometrial biopsy, if not done previously might be indicated, as well as a change in hormone dosage. ...Read more
If your taking prometrium (micronized progesterone) & estradiol cream for perimenopause symptoms while still menstruating, what's the best way to take these both?
Specialist: That really requires a specialist and individual care. If your periods are regular sometimes timing the Estradiol to your natural body and the Prometrium (micronized progesterone) to your natural period is easiest. Sometimes daily Prometrium (micronized progesterone) is easiest to try to get rid of your period. It takes a little trial and error in the perimenopause to get a good regimen for you. ...Read more
Triphasil (ethinyl estradiol and levonorgestrel) does not have red pills. How am I supposed to take them?
7 days drug free: Triphasil-21 is a birth control package that comes with only 21 hormone containing pills. The package does not contain the red (placebo) tablets. Once you have finished the 21 consecutive days, you take 7 days off of the medication. Next, you begin a brand new 21 day package starting on the 8th day after your last pill from the previous package. ...Read more
I am on birth control pills. For how long should I stop taking them that my LH, FSH, progesterone and estradiol would be read accurate ?
Stop the pills: In 90% of cases you can test those things after the period starts. testing before that doesn't make much sense. ...Read more
Varies: Estrogen will have a variable response on breast size. For the normal reproductive age woman with normal estrogen levels, there will be little if any change noted. More common would be pain if the estrogen level is too high. In the post menopausal woman, some increase in size might be noted usually in the first month or so. Certainly in prepubertal girls estrogen should not be used. ...Read more
Discuss with doctor: I cannot find and am unaware of any issues of female hormone therapy and galactosemia. Some individuals with galactosemia have ovarian failure. The decision to use female hormone therapy is a complicated one and should be made in conjunction with your doctor and with discussion of risks (cancer, blood clots, strokes) and potential benefits. ...Read more
Can I eat grapefruit while on NuvaRing? I know it increases estrogen levels but I don't know by how much. Doc and I are trying to minimize estrogen.
You can: soy products are more likely to have phytoestrogens. Its very reasonable to have some grapefruit if you enjoy them. ...Read more
Just stop it.: Some people believe that tapering the dosage is a must but it is not mandatory. If a patient develops contraindications to hormone replacement therapy, we have to stop it. Tapering can be done in a variety of different ways (i.e. Taking it every other day for a week, then perhaps 3x/wk and then stop) but again, it is not necessary. ...Read more
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