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Unread 01-22-2012, 12:24 AM
Estrogel

I am almost 6 weeks post op and will be starting estrogel soon. I am hopeful for sleep. I get the most horrible hot flashes all night long. Maybe I will get my brain back again. I am not sure if its lack of sleep or hormones that is causing this brain fog. Can anyone tell me their experience with the estrogel. Also did anyone gain weight on it. I eat healthy and when the doctor clears me, I will begin exercise again.
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Unread 01-22-2012, 12:51 AM
Re: Estrogel

I use the estrogel, but I am only 12 days post op. Have only been using it for 6 days. I was going to try not to use hrt, but I was having a hard time with the surgical menopause symptoms! The estrogel has done wonders!! I occasionally have a hot flash, but it lasts only about a minute or two. Hopefully you will do well with it also.
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Unread 01-22-2012, 02:25 PM
Re: Estrogel

I am hopeful I get some relief with it. I am counting down the days until I get to start it. I would love to sleep again. Its been almost 6 weeks and I am still waking up every 1-3 hours. The hot flashes keep jolting me awake. It was almost funny, I was told at work the other day I was turning the most interesting shade of red in the face. I guess I have to keep laughing it off as much as possible.
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Unread 01-24-2012, 06:34 AM
Re: Estrogel

I have used estrogel to supplement my Femring for a few years. I really like estrogel. Usually I am very sensitive to hrt, the estrogel is very gentle on my system. I haven't gained weight on hrt... matter of fact I've lost weight on hrt.
Good luck!! Hope you get a great night sleep real soon!
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Unread 01-24-2012, 08:15 AM
Re: Estrogel

Thanks for the reply prettyanxious. I had my 6 week post op yesterday and got the go ahead to start the estrogel. I did notice a headache and a bit of a sore throat from it but I am sure it will go away once my body gets used to it. The hot flashes still got my last night, hopefully they go away once it builds up in my system. I was told to start with one pump a day. What time of day is the best to apply it? I am not sure if it matters. Lets hope for a good night of sleep one day soon. Between work, kids and my classes started up again, I really need a functioning brain.
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Unread 01-24-2012, 12:13 PM
Re: Estrogel

Happy for you! It does take time to adjust to hrt. I agree that starting slowly is best. A daily symptom journal helped me in the beginning to figure out what was working and what wasn't.

I put mine gel on right after my morning shower. I use my inner arms. I try not to touch it with my hands. I rub one arm on to the other.

I average about 2 1/2 pumps per day but I divide it over two to three doses over the day. Usually 9am, 3pm, 7pm. My body is very sensitive to fluctuations in hormone levels (headaches, mood swings) so I have to use less more often. I got my Drs' approval.

Every woman is different and you will figure out what time a day is most effective for you. For me...putting it on too late in the evening sometimes negatively affects my sleep.

You sound like a really busy person! If you increase from one pump to two, your Dr may want you to split the dose (one am & one pm).

Good luck!!
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Unread 01-24-2012, 04:10 PM
Re: Estrogel

Thank you for sharing what works for you. I like the idea of the symptom journal. I think it will be very helpful. I go back to my dr in two weeks to see how I am doing and see if I need to adjust anything. I think the journal will help figure it out.
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Unread 01-24-2012, 06:30 PM
Re: Estrogel

I wonder if that's why I can't sleep at night!! I am applying the gel in the evenings......I need to change it! Thanks!!
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Unread 01-27-2012, 06:30 AM
Re: Estrogel

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Originally Posted by prettyanxious View Post
Happy for you! It does take time to adjust to hrt. I agree that starting slowly is best. A daily symptom journal helped me in the beginning to figure out what was working and what wasn't.

I put mine gel on right after my morning shower. I use my inner arms. I try not to touch it with my hands. I rub one arm on to the other.

I average about 2 1/2 pumps per day but I divide it over two to three doses over the day. Usually 9am, 3pm, 7pm. My body is very sensitive to fluctuations in hormone levels (headaches, mood swings) so I have to use less more often. I got my Drs' approval.

Every woman is different and you will figure out what time a day is most effective for you. For me...putting it on too late in the evening sometimes negatively affects my sleep.

You sound like a really busy person! If you increase from one pump to two, your Dr may want you to split the dose (one am & one pm).

Good luck!!
I have learned to do exactly what you do with supplementing estrogel I put it on about the same times you do. It really helps keep my e steady. someone on here suggested I try it that way. We both seem to need the steady method plus the more rapid lift of estrogel. doing this and adjusting the gel got me out of a funk that was lasting several months. I do find I have to add more estrogel when I'm sick, under alot of stress or in my caSE healing from a painful rib injury. talk about stress and the lengthy physical healing.....I so needed to do it that way
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Unread 01-27-2012, 06:35 AM
Re: Estrogel

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Originally Posted by Susan C View Post
I wonder if that's why I can't sleep at night!! I am applying the gel in the evenings......I need to change it! Thanks!!
how many pumps are you on? one? maybe you can't sleep if you don't have enough during the day. but you are still early post op.
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