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Unread 01-23-2012, 12:36 PM
how to tell if my HRT dose is adequate

Hi, I've been on Climara Pro for 6 weeks it was working well I still got hot flashes but they lost power, dryness down below improving, crying spells and brain fog improved, hair loss not yet but hoping, joint pains were debilitating almost retired early felt 100 years old, they're gone...but last week I felt symptoms return, not as bad as before but I wonder if either A) my own levels are dwindling and dose is not enough B) I went back to gym training and my sweating/heat sucked the patches dry sooner than they are meant for C) I switched locations on my body from the side upper abdomen to my butt (cant do lower front due to mega loose wrinkly skin after 120 lb weight loss)
Not sure what to do, dont want to bug doctor so soon, is this normal? I understand this patch only has one strength, id like to stay on it as I have had NO side effects and no irritation or problems with it (apart from getting rid of the glue ring after peeling off.)
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Unread 01-23-2012, 01:18 PM
Re: How to tell if my HRT dose is adequate

"Bug" the doctor. You need to feel comfortable!!
Unread 01-23-2012, 02:12 PM
Re: How to tell if my HRT dose is adequate

What dose are you on?

I'm on the Climara generic patch - Estradiol .1mg. I noticed when I switched from my abdomen to my back hip area last week that I started having problems with small 'breakthrough' hot flashes. I'm also having more problems with the patch staying on and wrinkling up. Also, as I get closer to the time I need to change the patch, I am getting a few more symptoms. I'm going to move it back to my abdomen tomorrow. I've heard some women put it on their arm. My doctor said anywhere but the breasts.

I'm thinking about asking my doctor for the Vivelle Dot since it has to be changed every three days... I'm wondering if the dose would last better if the patch is only used for 3 days.
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Unread 01-23-2012, 03:51 PM
Re: How to tell if my HRT dose is adequate


I've moved your thread here to the In Search of Info/Support For... forum which is where posts by members who have not had surgery are moved since their hormone needs often are very different than those of us who have had a hysterectomy, with or without also having an oophorectomy.

There are two website communities which we refer to--one being and the other being I hope you will check them out for your questions and concerns in managing natural menopause with an intact uterus. You'll be able to connect with women on those sites who are in the same circumstances and who can most closely relate.

Changes in levels can trigger symptoms whether it's from moving your patch to your rear (which would increase the amount of estrogen absorbed), exercising, being stressed, ill, etc. Since you still have your ovaries, that can factor into how you're feeling as well. Even after menopause the ovaries produce beneficial hormones, though at lesser amounts.

Good luck with this, and don't hesitate to keep in touch with your doctor.

Unread 01-24-2012, 06:00 PM
Re: how to tell if my HRT dose is adequate

thanks ill try the other sites you suggested

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