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Unread 09-02-2021, 04:10 AM
Practicalities of using a patch

I’m about to use a patch for the first time and have some practical questions - I appreciate I may be overthinking this! It is twice weekly. Thank you.

1. ‘Wear under loose clothing’ : I presume the best place to put it is at the top of the thigh so what about clothing like yoga pants or cycling shorts? I presume the idea is to do your best for it to not rub off and if it does, then replace it?
2. Keep out of sunlight’ : luckily I’m not one for sunbathing but do like to sit in the garden. Do you just make sure it is covered with something light if your clothing doesn’t cover it?
3. Apply to smooth hair free skin : with my hair cycle (despite laser hair removal), I presume I can remove hair before applying as long as I leave some time for any irritation to go down.
4. Do you wear it on one thigh for one session then swap to the other thigh?
5. My doctor has said to start the patch and keep on my current HRT pill but start reducing it. Has anyone else done this? It seems a bit overkill on the hormone intake.
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Unread 09-02-2021, 08:10 AM
Re: Practicalities of using a patch

I've been using estradiol patches for years and I've never worn them on my thigh. The directions are to put it on the lower abdomen though many women, like me, put it on the rear end. I put it approximately in the location of my jeans pockets.

I've never had any trouble keeping the patch out of the sun wearing it on my rear. I will share that I sunburn much quicker than I used to, so be aware of that possibility.

I would think it would be okay to remove hair in the area you plan to place the patch if you allow time for irritation to go away.

I do change the patch location each time I change, rotating from one side of my rear to the other. You should give each spot where you place your patch a 7 day break before using the same spot again.

I've never overlapped types of hormone therapy. I simply started using the new hormone therapy the day after taking the previous dose. Did your doctor give any explanation for continuing on your current pill and reducing the dose while starting on the patches? If not, call and ask, and express your concerns.

I hope this helps!

Unread 09-02-2021, 10:12 AM
Re: Practicalities of using a patch

Thanks for the advice. I just need to go for it,

I’ve just realised the HRT I am on is Tibilone (Livial) so it helps your body to make hormones rather than provides them. This may be why she said I needed to wean myself off it.
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Unread 09-02-2021, 11:35 AM
Re: Practicalities of using a patch

That may be the difference. I would still ask for the "why", but that's just me--curious by nature.

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