Sorry Lola, here's the reply I TRIED to post last night before the gremlins abducted my computer
ing through tonight (downunder time
BUT here's a thread with some info that I replied to about where and how I apply gel.
As far as I know you will have to get a compounding pharmacist to do it for you over there, but I'm not sure - maybe there is one available that a drug company makes. If your doc speaks with the compounding pharmacy(or you do in advance) then they can advise him on a prescription etc.
Canada has just approved a commercially available estrogen gel recently I believe.
I found the absorption of the gel far superior to oral absorption for me. Why wouldn't it absorb - patches do, for pain, for hormones etc. I guess it depends on the agents used to help make up the gel though, so that's something to consider.
Good luck and have a look at the above thread, it explains a bit more.
I see that you have already sorted this out though and spoken to a compounding pharmacist. I'm sure you'll like the gel and I hope that they can give you a base for it that doesn't cause a skin reaction. let us know how you go.
Oh BTW, in way of explanation about my comments on the adrenal glands in menopause:
They produce androgens which in menopause are usually converted to a form of estrogen called E1.
Not E2 (17b estradiol)which is more potent and the usual ingredient in most HRT's (the natural kind that is).
So, my theory, and it's just a theory is that the adrenals can get tied up doing this in SOME women to compensate and add to the HRT they are taking in surgical menopause. If those women are allergy types then their adrenals are used to concentrating on cortisol production and under the added strain maybe don't do this as efficiently as when they had ovaries to help them out. So........they swing back to more allergy reactions, perhaps reverting to how you were before puberty.
I hope I explained this in a way you can understand.