Hello all. I had TAH on 3/23/05, gastric bypass on 4/5/01.
Doc put me on estradiol patch, didn't work due to "not enough fat to absorb in the abdominal or buttocks region"
Changed me to femring which only works for 6 weeks or so.
My question is, are there any other sisters who had gastric bypass and have reached goal that are on hrt? We don't absorb like normal people and I can't get any kind of dosage right. I can't handle the sweats and the colds and my doc just recently put me on cymbalta for my moods, which is working well. I still can't sleep a year later and ambien and lunesta don't work. Please sisters, help me out! Thanks in advance
I have not had gastric bypass, but maybe if you go to a dr who works with compounding hrt you can find something that works just for you. I believe they will compound hrt that can be dissolved under your tongue, called troches (?).
You might do a Search (right hand corner under Private Messages) and put in gastric by pass and see is some threads come up for you.
I hope this helps and I hope you can find some answers on getting the right hrt for you.
In addition to the troches (lozenges) mentioned by (((suzyQ23))), there are other ways to get estrogen without using the patches or swallowing pills. One is Estrasorb (a lotion) and another is EstroGel (a gel ). There is also a vaginal ring called Femring which is inserted and left in place for up to three months. Another couple of options are hormone pellet implants and injections.
If you need to find a doctor to help you, it might be a good idea to contact a compounding pharmacy and ask which doctors use their services. That's how some women find a doctor knowledgeable about hormone prescribing. To find a compounding pharmacy in your area, use the locator feature of this site: www.iacprx.org.
I hope you find the right hormone therapy for your situation!
thank you all for the helpful replies. I've used the search and put in a call to a local pharmacist and hopefully will get the relief I so desperately need. I only wish that I could speak with someone who has had gastric bypass and has first hand experience!