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Unread 02-15-2008, 07:04 PM
Debating what to do

Last month I got something that felt like yeast infection or UTI, doctor said I had some yeast infection but mainly it was irritation -- and it was irritating! -- and it appeared to him that I was having a lot of vaginal dryness. He gave me a three-day dose of medicine for yeast infection, which I took, and said for me to come back in a month and we'd discusss a low dose of estrogen or estrogen creme.

Well, irritation kept up for another week or two and then went away. I've been feeling relatively OK although when I take baths the same way I used to -- long and hot -- I can still feel a little irritation, but not much.

My doc appointment is Wednesday. I don't know whether to opt for some estrogen -- leaning toward estrogen creme -- or just forget about it all until it happens again.

It was very uncomfortable and it's hard to get into doctor. But at same time I'm a little scared of possible side effects from estrogen.

What would you all do?
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Unread 02-15-2008, 07:26 PM
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Hi Newscat,
If you don't have obvious health reasons such as cancer to preclude you from using estrogen, I would definitely talk to my doc about getting a prescription for it. I prefer the compounded kind as I can use more or less as my symptoms dictate. Vaginal dryness is painful so I wouldn't choose to wait for it to happen again to seek help. I would also suggest researching on the web for info on the various kinds of estrogens available. Good luck with your doctor appt.
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Unread 02-16-2008, 05:58 PM
Debating what to do

Talk with your doctor about your concerns about taking estrogen/progesterone. There are some really good articles on this website concerning estrogen replacement. Reading up before going to your doctor will allow you to ask some good questions about estrogen replacement. There are differences between synthetic equine (horse) estrogen and taking natural compounded plant estrogens that are identical to you bodies hormones. I am taking a natural compounded estrogen called Bi-Estrogen 2.5mg capsules daily, as well as a progesterone cream daily.
I just started this regiment. It takes awhile to build up enough hormones in my body to relieve the hot flashes, night sweats, brain fog, stiff joints, acne (ugh), dry skin, dry eyes...and over all feeling of not feeling like myself. I told my doctor that I wanted natural estrogen and he said he'd give me what ever I wanted because it's my body and I'm the one who has to take them. I love him! The pharmacy downstairs from him just so happens to be a pharmacy that compounds. (God works in mysterious ways.) So I spoke with the pharmacist about all my symptoms, he calls my doctor and tells him what prescription to write and that's it. I am fortunate that I do not have any history on either side of the family of female cancers, so the decision was simple for me. Remember you can always try a prescription for 4-6 months, see if it makes you feel better...you can always stop taking it. Best wishes to you.
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Unread 02-16-2008, 07:14 PM
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Newscat,
I read where bioidenticals are out of your system like withing 12-24 hours. If you try the bio identical estrogen then you can always quit and it will be out of your system fairly rapidly. I know I have started and stopped estrogen creams and within 24 see a change like it went all out of my system. I use otc estrogen creams and am ok with them.I have to watch how much I use.. I like the estriol cream I bought off of hormoneprofile. It says that estriol actually protects against cancer I do use estrace vaginal cream thats prescription. there is also a triple estrogen cream called esnatri on the internet which I have used and tolerated fairlly well. It had all 3 estrogens in it. Estriol creams may or may not be strong enough for you. some women need estradiol (the strongest)
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Unread 02-16-2008, 09:06 PM
Debating what to do

I know my doctor thinks that the warnings on estrogen are a lot of hoopla, that for the majority of women they're great.
Thanks for all y'all's words of wisdom and keep it coming
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