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Insomnia and HRT

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Woman laying in bed staring at her clock and wondering if  insomnia is a symptom of menopause?Is insomnia a symptom of menopause? Is my hormone replacement therapy causing it?


Some women do report insomnia following menopause or a hysterectomy. Most agree that it is a result of hormone replacement therapy (HRT) that is not quite right. HysterSisters have recommend seeing your gynecologist again to discuss different HRT options or supplements. For example, some women say that a higher estrogen dose, such as an HRT containing 100% estradiol, resolved their sleep issues. Others needed to supplement a ring or patch HRT with a vaginal cream containing estrogen. Still, others found that their estrogen levels were fine, and they needed to nudge their progesterone with a cream or oral dose to reach a balance.

Everyone is different, and it may take some time to find the right combination of treatments to get you in balance and sleeping soundly. Your frustration with insomnia and your desperation to resolve it are completely understandable. Be as patient as you can and communicate frequently with your doctor about any improvements or new symptoms you experience as s/he adjusts your HRT.


This content was written by staff of HysterSisters.com by non-medical professionals based on discussions, resources and input from other patients for the purpose of patient-to-patient support.

08-21-2011 - 09:55 PM


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