Hi - I'm a newby from Australia. I'll paste in what I wrote for my intro (at the end of this post), so that people can see why I'm here.
I'm not 100% comfy with starting Ovestin. I've read more since joining here and I found out that the issue with anticonvulsants (carbamazapine) and Ovestin is that the Ovestin might not work so well. I think from what I can tell (gee this information is hard to take in) the recommended application isn't a very high "dose" of Ovestin (twice weekly for six weeks, and once weekly thereafter).
I don't have high incidence of breast cancer in the family, so I'm not greatly concerned about that risk in my case. We do have some heart issues in the family but I would have to say most families do.
I decided to start the cream. Doesn't mean I'm bound for life. ... So starting tonight. Ready set go.
I'm still interested to hear from anyone who has good or bad experience of Ovestin. I'm premenopausal and experiencing some vaginal bleeding caused by atrophy.
I'll keep gathering information. I have to follow up with the gynaecologist in six weeks. If I get too worried earlier, then I'll ring him.
Hi - new here
I had a hysterectomy 5 years ago. I am now 49 and I'm told there is some vaginal atrophy because my remaining ovary is "fading". I had a couple of bleeding episodes about a month ago.
I feel confused about HRT. I was prescribed some Ovestin cream and directed to use it twice a week for six weeks and then once a week after that. I have a follow up visit with the gynaecologist after the six weeks, but I need to ask him more before I start.
I didn't ask enough questions at the time and I need to think through what I want to know from the doctor, so that I can ring and ASK. I've got the "stuff" and I feel unsure about using it.
1. I take anticonvulsants - tegretol and lamictal - and I've read that tegretol is incompatible with Ovestin. But I don't know what the issues are with taking these meds and using Ovestin.
2. I know there are a range of risks with HRT. I didn't realise it applied to the creams as well. I suppose I would like to know whether twice weekly application is considered light useage.
3. I don't know what else. I'm 49 and I think I've tried to pretend menopause away. Some of what's going on here is reality shock and I'll have to suck it up and deal with that.