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It sounds like you're miserable!
I think it's good that you're going to see your doctor. There are a lot of choices when it comes to hormone therapy and unfortunately, there's no one right choice for everyone, which is why this is such a jungle.
I'm 50 now and I'm using the 0.1 Vivelle Dot for my estrogen. I like it because it is bio-identical, meaning it has the same estradiol that my ovaries made. It's a transparent, flexible patch which I change every 3 1/2 days and obviously since it is stuck on my skin there's no pill to remember to take. My preference is to use all transdermal hormones, so in addition to the Vivelle Dot I'm using compounded progesterone and testosterone creams. Oh, I also use Vagifem for vaginal dryness issues.
I know that sounds like a lot, and you may or may not need all of those. It's easiest and most effective to start with estrogen, get balanced on it, then see if you have symptoms which would be helped by the other hormones. Using the too much/too little
symptom list as a guide and keeping a journal of your symptoms along with any other medications and supplements you are taking are two good tools to use as you work to find balance.
Articles #10 - 13 in this link to the Hormone Jungle Articles
will give you a good idea of what's available to help you decide what you are interested in trying. My bias is toward Vivelle Dot. There are many different doses--0.025, 0.0375, 0.05, 0.075 and 0.1. It's better to start low and work your way up, though the lowest dose is usually isn't going to be sufficient for someone in surgical menopause.
Good luck at your appointment! Let us know how it goes, okay?
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