Would you mind sharing the strength (Vivelle dot) that you are using? Also, do you know the difference between Vivelle dot and Minivelle? I have an appt this week with my doctor to discuss hormones. I think I may need some adjustments. Thank you.
I use the 0.1 mg/day Vivelle-dot. Minivelle is smaller and round, and is intended by the manufacturer to replace the Vivelle-dot since the patent on the technology used in the Vivelle-dot has run its course. Minivelle is available in all the same strengths as the Vivelle-dot *except* for the .025 mg/day strength, which really isn't applicable to women in surgical menopause anyway. The technology and ingredients in the adhesives are the same for both patches.
Minivelle had a discount coupon on their website last I checked, making it potentially more affordable than Vivelle-dot for women with high copays.
Linda, Thank you for your help. I've been on Minivelle 0.1 for almost 3 months. ( I had to switch from Estrogel because I quit absorbing the E.) In the past few weeks, I've started to experience breast pain, so I guess I need to go down in strength or try another brand. Other than the breast pain, I am feeling well.
If you feel great except for the one symptom of breast pain, that's fibrocystic breasts, and you'd probably be better off adding a tiny bit of progesterone cream nightly rather than dropping your patch dosage or switching brands. JMHO though as that's what I did in the same situation - but ask your doctor.
Linda, Thank you for your reply. I felt fine for the first 2 months. I am wondering if maybe that is because my estrogen was so low when I started Minivelle. I don't understand why the breast pain just recently started. Do you think Minivelle 0.1 produces about the same amount of E that our ovaries did?
No, not generally, though remember that your levels cycled with your ovaries, so it's possible the patch might produce as much as you had in the lower range of your cycle.
It takes a while for estrogen to build up in the tissues so if you were low to begin with, yes, it could have taken a while for you to reach the point where you are now and feel the breast discomfort. Fibrocystic breasts are not comfortable but they're not dangerous except that they make mammograms slightly more difficult to interpret, so that's a good reason to investigate progesterone for opposing the estrogen in breast tissue.
Linda, Thank you for your help. My estrogen was 26 prior to starting with Minivelle. I am feeling so much better, so I hope I can get this resolved. I am happy that you are doing well, and it is very encouraging to read posts such as yours. I do think I am close to being balanced.
Hello Linda, I will be seeing my doctor tomorrow and getting my levels checked. I am no longer experiencing the breast pain. Do you think I am adjusting to the hormones or do you think it could be related to the location of the patch? For the past week, I have been intentionally placing the patch closer to my hip area. Thank you for your help.
(((misskitty))) it could be either. The only way to find out for sure is to give it some time, then if you stabilize, once again move the patch back where it was and see what happens. But, if you're feeling good, I don't see the need to do that experiment unless you're just curious and don't mind feeling uncomfortable if that should happen.