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Unread 06-22-2011, 03:19 PM
Estrogen question please help.

okay here goes. i am a person who is sensitive to medicines etc. i feel the vivelle dot has gave me a bad reaction inside with chest tightness, upper resp cough, burn mark where patch was, acky joints and buring lower lip. dr said she wants me to stay on estrogen so i am going to try tonight divigel cream. she said she doesnt want to put me into menopause till 50 thats 6 more years. she said reason im on estrogen so i dont have bone loss or vaginal area doesnt lose elasticty. How can i do this naturally? i dont care if i have the sweats or soak my jammies that doesnt bother me at all. seems like no dr is listening i dont want side effects i go thru enough. i try researching sites and seem so over welming. if anyone can please help with any info . so confused and fustrated - Shirley
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Unread 06-23-2011, 01:31 PM
Re: Estrogen question please help.

You can take calcium plus D, work out with weights, and do a lot walking to keep from losing bone(any weight bearing exercise). Replens can help with dryness or KY Pearls for long lasting lubrication.

Here is information on alternatives:

http://www.project-aware.org/Managin...hotflash.shtml

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Unread 06-23-2011, 02:20 PM
Re: Estrogen question please help.

Thank you very much!
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Unread 06-23-2011, 03:28 PM
Re: Estrogen question please help.

I am one that has been very sensitive to medications all my life too. However, what you describe might not be a side effect of the medication but it can be that you are still early post op and your body is adjusting to new levels. Maybe possibly even low levels. You didn't say what dose patch you are on. If you have a skin irritation, that might be from the adhesive of the patch.
Get educated as much as you can about HRT so that you can have a good conversation with your doctor. One of the books that have helped me the most are by authors, Uzzi Reiss, M.D and Elizabeth Vliet, M.D
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Unread 07-04-2011, 08:50 AM
Re: Estrogen question please help.

Hi,
I went through early menopause (age 42) and decided to go with bio-identical HRT. I have taken Estrace (bio-identical pharmaceutical) and Prometrium (bio-identical pharmaceutical progesterone) for over 6 years.

I have struggled with hot flashes, slight osteopenia and vaginal dryness.

I have tried for years to reduce and eliminate the estrogen, but the hot flashes and bone loss keep on coming.

Even with bio-identical hormones (never unopposed estrogen) I am now facing a diagnosis of Complex hyperplasia with atypia (pre-cancer) leading to a hysterectomy (I'm now 54). I have to factor in genetics.

I have drastically changed my diet to a cancer diet (raw organic fruits, vegetables and nuts). Now, I finally seem to be able to start reducing my estrogen dosage. Wish I had know about this diet before my bad news diagnosis.

I have read that progesterone alone can take care of a lot of the issues. The diet changes have quieted my body inflammation and immune response. I am taking supplements to support the bone issues and working on resistance exercises.

A dab of estriol oil (that I buy online) does wonder for vaginal lubrication and atrophy.

My plan is to get to where I am using progesterone alone with the occasional estriol oil vaginally, plus a little testosterone, if needed (I am having a full hysterectomy including ovaries). I have read that testosterone impacts bones and depression issues also.

My main goal is to get away from the estrogen as much as possible.

I hope you are able to figure out what works for you.

goldenlife
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Unread 07-04-2011, 09:04 AM
Re: Estrogen question please help.

Progesterone alone might be sufficient for some women but not for those of us in surgical menopause ( without ovaries)
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Unread 07-07-2011, 06:33 AM
Re: Estrogen question please help.

I take a minimal amount of Enjuvia. My prescription is for
.09 mg and I cut it in half. Dr. said that's the smallest amount to get any benefit for bone loss but it seems to alleviate all my other symptoms.
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