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Unread 02-25-2011, 10:37 AM
HRT Patch Options

I am having my ovaries removed Wednesday March 2nd, this is five years after my uterus, cerivix, and tubes. I am going to be put on a patch. I would love some feedback from you ladies about their satisfaction, options, sex drive, and dryness, or any other useful tips. Thanks in advance!!
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Unread 02-25-2011, 11:00 AM
Re: HRT Patch Options

Hello!

Do you know which patch your doctor is going to prescribe for you? Climara and Vivelle Dot are two popular choices of women on this site. I use Vivelle Dot myself and like it a lot. It's effective for controlling surgical menopause symptoms and it's convenient to use, too. You can ask your doctor for samples of each so you can determine which is best for you before committing to a full prescription.

When you're fully healed from your oophorectomy and established on whatever estrogen you're going to use, you can then evaluate whether or not additional hormones are needed to help you feel balanced. Some of us also use progesterone and testosterone but many women do very well on estrogen alone. You might find it helpful to keep a journal of your symptoms post-op. It's normal to have menopause symptoms early in recovery so be sure you give your hormone therapy time to work before considering any changes. Making changes too early in recovery and/or too frequently can make finding balance harder than it needs to be since changes can trigger symptoms, too. Slow and stead wins the race when finding balance.

If you have any questions that directly relate to your oophorectomy surgery or recovery, please feel welcome to post them on the Separate Surgeries message board. It's the best place for pre- and post-op support for that surgery.

Best wishes for your surgery and recovery!

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Unread 02-25-2011, 11:06 AM
Re: HRT Patch Options

Thank you so much for the feedback it was very helpful. I am not sure which options I have yet as far as brands. I kind of wanted to get to know about them so I knew what she was talking about on Wednesday.
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Unread 02-25-2011, 11:16 AM
Re: HRT Patch Options

That makes perfect sense. It's good to go armed with knowledge.

Climara is a brand name, bioidentical patch which is changed once a week and Vivelle Dot is also bioidentical estradiol but it's changed twice a week. Climara is soy based and Vivelle Dot is yam based.

There are plenty of other bioidentical hormone options, as well as plenty that aren't bioidentical. You can learn more about them in the four "Estrogen Choices" articles in this link: Hormone Jungle Articles.

Let us know what you decide to try, okay?

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