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Unread 06-11-2005, 02:59 AM
patch location

does it matter where you put an estrogen patch? i found the best place is the small of my back (about for inches above my tail bone - because it doesn't rub against my clothes).... is it true the only unsafe place is near your breasts... so my guess is as long as it's basically below the waist I'm ok?

does anyone know for sure?

thx

cathy
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Unread 06-11-2005, 05:15 AM
patch location

I was told by the doc any where except the breasts, but the info packet in my Climara says below the waist, usually tummy or rump area. I too find my stays put best in the small of my back however I have notice now that we are having a heat wave and I sweat like a piggy, I can't get it to stay on any where!! I have my 8 week post op appt today and am discussing this with my doc again.
Teresa
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Unread 06-11-2005, 04:26 PM
patch location

Cathy,
I think the usual spots are the abdomen, rear hip/buttocks area. I think you are okay with the lower back. As you already stated, the breasts are a Where you place the patch can have an effect on the absorption. I have read that if you place on the rear you will receive approximately 20% more absorption versus placing on the abdomen. So, once you find a spot that works out well for you, I would stick to the same area, rotating sides, so you're not sticking it in exactly the same spot.

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Unread 06-11-2005, 06:26 PM
patch location

My DR told me to put my patch on my upper thigh. Just right below where your underpants hit. I haven't had a problem as of yet.
Shari
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Unread 06-12-2005, 02:56 AM
thanks everyone

thanks for all the input.... i've noticed i do best if i put it someplace where the skin temperature is consistant as well.

thx again
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