If you are experiencing either natural or surgical menopause, you may have been prescribed an estrogen patch. Estrogen patches work differently for different women and it may take trying more than one brand before you find the one that works best for you.
There are benefits to using this type of hormone replacement therapy (HRT) as well as drawbacks. We have many articles on our website describing the various types and delivery systems of HRT. However, if you have been prescribed a patch, read Estrogen Patch HRT – How Does it Work?
If you’ve been diagnosed with endometriosis, you may now be contemplating whether or not you need to pursue Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT), a surgical procedure or just take a wait and see approach.
If you haven’t already done so, you may schedule a visit with an endometriosis specialist who can work with you on the best course of action given your specific endometriosis diagnosis.
Read here about 4 Myths about Endometriosis and Hormones.
As varied as the women are that decide to use HRT, so are the options available! Over the years, a wide variety of delivery methods for HRT have been developed, everything from creams to pills to patches.
Don’t get frustrated as sometimes it takes more than one time to figure out which HRT will work for you, but with all of the options available, you and your doctor are sure to be able to find one which works best for you and your needs.
Read here for a list of some of the Hormone Delivery Systems you can consider for your HRT.
Today is National Pharmacist Day! While most women will not have the need for much interaction with a pharmacist for their hysterectomy or other surgery recovery, some women will find as they enter menopause and decide on a possible HRT plan with their doctor, that one of those choices may involve finding a compounding pharmacy.
A compounding pharmacy creates particular pharmaceutical products to fit the unique need of a patient. While your doctor may have a recommendation on a compounding pharmacy, we also have some information available for you to help locate one in your area.
How to find a Compounding Pharmacy.
Ever since I hit menopause, I’ve had trouble sleeping (insomnia, night sweats, etc.). I hear hormone replacement therapy helps, but that’s not an option for me. Are there any alternatives?
Yes, there are alternatives, and it is good that you are seeking them. Adequate sleep is incredibly important for your overall health and well-being, so finding an effective sleep aid is just as important.
Valerian: Valerian is an herbal remedy known for its sedating effects. There are multiple studies that indicate that it helps with insomnia, though its effectiveness for anxiety is still uncertain. As with any treatment, be sure to ask your doctor before taking valerian. It may be natural, but it can still have negative reactions with other medications.
Trazodone: Trazodone was actually approved by the FDA as an antidepressant, but it has since proved itself an effective sleep aid as well. Doctors are allowed to prescribe it for this purpose.
Lifestyle changes: If you are prone to eat big meals, drink alcohol, smoke, exercise, or watch TV before bedtime, consider replacing some of those activities with healthier ones. Having a small snack and a warm glass of Ovaltine, meditating, or stretching at night are much more conducive to a good night’s rest. Having a consistent bed time and wake-up time also help you sleep better. For more suggestions, see Sleeping – Dealing With Insomnia after Hysterectomy.
One member asks: I have decided to go through with the hysterectomy and oophorectomy, but I had such horrible reactions to hormone treatments in the past that I am scared to take hormone therapy after the procedure. Can I get by without HRT?
Some HysterSisters do not use hormone replacement therapy (HRT) and experience only minor symptoms after their hysterectomy and oophorectomy. On the other hand, other HysterSisters must use HRT to effectively treat their unbearable menopause symptoms. There is no way to tell in advance what your individual experience will be. Read more: Can I Get By Without Hormones?
One of the problems with the news media is their tendency towards sensationalist headlines and their coverage of studies with all of two sentences. For example, “Coffee is better for you than tea.” However, when one studies the article itself, it would appear that wasn’t really the conclusion at all. Yes, coffee drinkers were healthier than tea drinkers in a small group of people studied, but it was pointed out that this meant nothing as the tea drinkers were older and poorer in this particular group. There are also poorly designed studies which stumble across an odd piece of information in a group of people who are being tracked across the years. This odd piece of information is then studied from all different angles.
Each study is like a little snapshot and it’s only by putting all the snapshots together that you have a good sense of the picture. The news media announce each snapshot as if it’s the “whole truth.” But, of course, it’s contradictory. Read More.
Are you walking down Menopause Lane?
Many women are unable to use any type of hormone replacement therapy (HRT) for a wide variety of reasons. These can include cancer concerns, blood clot issues, or a hormonal dependent diagnosis such as endometriosis. Some women who could use HRT still choose not to as a personal preference. As a result, managing menopausal symptoms can be frustrating, especially when it comes to hot flashes.
Fortunately, a new option is on the horizon. In February of 2013, HysterSisters.com asked members to complete a personal hot flash survey. The results were compiled and reported at the FDA Advisory Council for Brisdelle™. This made the FDA aware of the interest in a non-HRT prescription drug that could be used in the treatment of hot flashes. The FDA has recently approved the first, non-hormonal treatment therapy prescription for menopausal hot flashes. This new medication, developed by Noven Therapeutics, LLC, could be available in pharmacies as early as November 2013.
Read more about Non-HRT Rx Brisdelle and visit their website: Brisdelle.com to sign up for email updates on availability in November 2013!
I have decided to go through with the hysterectomy, not sure when it will be, but I had such horrible reactions to the hormones they gave me to stop the growth of the endometriosis (Lupron, 2 different BC pills and various other hormones I’m petrified to have my ovaries out as well as whatever the HRT will do to me. I just want to be me again! My hormones have been a wreck since I had children. Has anyone had good luck not taking HRT or using natural products? I don’t want to be depressed & anxious anymore! I obviously don’t want to have chronic pain any more from the stage 4 endometriosis hence the decision to have surgery which I have very much struggled with! I would love to hear about any positive experiences!
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If you had your ovaries removed, it is very important for you to consider how you will replace the hormones your body provided to you through your ovaries. Many women, especially young HysterSisters, are confused about the need for hormone replacement therapy.
They often stop taking HRT within a few months after their surgery and then after a few months of misery return to their doctor’s office complaining of many medical issues. Your ovaries provided hormones essential to your health. Do not overlook this important aspect of your post-hysterectomy and oophorectomy (ovary removal) needs.
Talk to your doctor! Read more about menopause symptoms at HysterSisters.