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Unread 10-03-2003, 02:05 PM
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Hi Sisters!
had surgery on the 30th, everything is gone! DR gave me Vivelle dot Rx and I got that filled today. I have not had any menopause symptoms yet....that I know of, not sure what is surgery related or what could be hormonal, I'm just so tired all the time and achy in tummy and back and have had some periods of feeling over-heated, but its just gotten cold outside and the furnace kicks on at night. should I go ahead and use the dots anyway? or wait and see? interested to know what you all did. thanks 's
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Unread 10-03-2003, 02:25 PM
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Welcome home!
Sounds like things are pretty good in the menopause symptom department so far. I guess when I think of HRT, I think of long term risks and benefits as well. You may want to disscuss it with your MD a little more if you're not sure. And there is a great message board at this site for HRT - No HRT discussions too.
I'm tired too and a little less achy now. Get lots of rest princess!
Unread 10-03-2003, 03:13 PM
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Hi Kayla!
Sounds like everything went well with your surgery! Congrats!
I started the vivelle dot .75 the day after surgery. I'm happy to say that I have not had ONE hot flash! However, I have gained about 12 pounds. How much of that is from sitting around recovering for 8 weeks and not being as active and how much is from the patch I cannot say. I have been working out everyday for over a month now and watch what I eat, but my weight keeps going up! Very discouraging to say the least. I read about all the ladies on this site that have LOST weight and I must admit I'm jealous. I hope I too can be one of the lucky ones that loses weight after surgery. Good luck to you with whatever you decide.
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Unread 10-03-2003, 03:29 PM
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I started my Vivelle Dot (.1) last night when I got home from the hospital and am feel pretty good, I took it because I started getting dry mouth and headache. I have a little water rentention today but that may be left over from anesthesia and IVs. I posted on the Hormone Jungle and was given the suggestion to start on a lower dose first and then see if that works well, slowly going up or down until you get the right amount. The dots can be cut, so if you have a .1 and cut it in half, you will have a .5, or cut a quarter off and have .75, etc... Apparently the younger you are the more you will need, since your body has been used to higher hormone levels. When I change mine on Sunday or Monday, I am going to cut a quarter off and see how i feel at .75 (also another tip I got is that you can put the part you save into the pouch inside a ziplock and use later). You might want to keep a journal of how you feel too, so you can monitor yourself and see when you hit the right dose.

BTW...the Hormone Jungle is a great place for hormone help and info, if you haven't looked over there yet.

Good Luck

Unread 10-03-2003, 04:29 PM
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I love my "dot."

I have had one instance where I had a migraine start and had a hot flash. They had put me on Climera at the hospital because they didn't have Vivelle-dot. I put my Vivelle-dot on and within 15 minutes was fine. No hot flashes or migraines since. That was about 5 days post op.

Unread 10-03-2003, 04:50 PM
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hi, i am 61/2 weeks post op and feel great. my dr. gave me a prescription for primarin, but i have had no menopausal symptoms at all and actually feel better than i have in years so i am going to try to go without hrt for as long as possible hoping that i'll never need it. my dr. couldn't really give me a reason to take it when i am having no symtoms so for me the cons outweight the pros right now.
Unread 10-03-2003, 04:52 PM
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p.s. I forgot to say that I had a TAH/BSO. It's all gone!!!!!
Unread 10-03-2003, 05:32 PM
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Hi everyone, what exactly is the vivelle dot? Is it just estrogen. My doctor gave me a prescription for estradiol.5 mg, though I have not started it yet. I have had mild hot flashes and a little more teary at times but all in all pretty good. I don't want to start any meds unless absolutely necessary. Sue
Unread 10-03-2003, 06:31 PM
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Vivelle Dot is a transdermal bioidentical estrogen patch (estradiol). You put it on your hip or abdomen. It comes in a variety of hormone levels and it is just a little bigger than a postage stamp and you change it twice a week.
Unread 10-03-2003, 07:09 PM
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I was on the Vivelle dot starting the second day after surgery...I am now 4 weeks post op...Last week I got my days mixed up and forgot to change the patch...after not being on it for three days, I realized that I felt better those three days not on it than I did on the days was on it.....I don't know if I'm just that much further along in the healing process or what....I have not put the patch back on and will talk to my dr. when I see him again on Monday....I have not had any hot flashes or mood swings being off it and my legs have stopped hurting....
I am very confused by this whole hormone thing anyway....
Since I am 49 years old, he was only going to keep me on it for 5 years ...but if I'm not having any of the symptoms without it necessary for me to be on it?.....LOL...this is all to much for my foggy brain to try to figure out!

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