Evorel patches and heavy bleed

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Hi ladies

I started HRT EVOREL patches 16 days ago. I take the progesterone tablets for 14 days of the month and I started these the same day I started the patches. I didn't start the patches on the first day of my period I started 2 weeks before I was due. Today I started with a heavy bleed. Will I have 2 bleeds this first month because I started the patches 2 weeks earlier than my period started ?

I started them earlier because I was desperate to get on them. This bleed is heavier than I normally would have.

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    Hi Michelle,

    If you are still having your own cycles this can be a problem apparently and it's why they say to start with your cycle.

    Anyway just to let you know I am post started HRT in November and my first 2 bleeds were fairly heavy much heavier than my natural one.

    They seem to have been getting lighter each time.

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    Hi Michelle. please could you tell me specifically what symptoms have eased a bit already? I started estrogel on 1st april & due to start taking utrogestan tablets on day 15-26, but no effect yet except sleeping slightly better (but very early days on hrt so dont expect much yet). just would like to hear how other ladies starting/started hrt are getting on with symptom relief.....
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      I had/have so many symptoms. I noticed the anxiety and doom and gloom and panicking have eased the last week. I was awful before,so down,so frightened and couldn't go places. The sweats have eased to. I still have severe headaches and burning mouth but am seeing a specialist for that. I have a bit better outlook on things.

      Give it 3 weeks or so. I've been on it 3 weeks now xx

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      Hi looloo,

      You should see things starting to improve in the next couple of weeks.

      Some of it is quite subtle because before HRT there were good days anyway and I was not sure to start with if it was a good day. My sleep was brilliant first 8 days on it but then went back to the normal but by then I was feeling a bit brighter. I put that down to the good sleeps I had but it soon became clear that my depression and anxiety were lifting.

      I had some painful feet and realised I hadn't had them since starting it.

      Then I had the wonderful feeling of normality sinking in about 6 weeks into it and was still noticing improvements at 10 to 12 weeks.

      Some things went back to how they started before getting better eg. Heart palpitations they would start and be gone again within a few seconds instead of remaining with me for a while.

      At around 6 to 8 weeks in some things felt worse and kind of came back with a vengeance nausea and a horrible taste but went away again and now I don't really get that any more.

      Very occasionally I will get the doom and gloom pop up but just very briefly and it's gone again before I know it.

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    Thankyou Michelle & Zigangie for taking the trouble to reply. Interesting & encouraging to hear your progress & experience. I know everyone is different, but its good to hear other peoples real experience, as i didnt go into starting hrt lightly. bit worried like most people, but hrt is more advanced than it used to be what with the newer transdermal ones etc. i have a fab gp who i had 2 x 20min appointments with to discuss peri & hrt with before coming up with a joint decision to try the estrogen gel every day & progesterone pill for 12days mth for 3mths. i am 45 & on depo injection (progesterone only contraceptive). have been on it 1st time 7.5yrs, then break, then this time since dec12 - always no problems - no pmt no periods, until last 14mths of irreg bleeding then last 2-3mths additional prob of pmt: mood swings, anxiety, occ panic attacks, outbursts of tears, terrible brain fog like someone has taken away half my intelligence & logic-feel like I'm not with it , can't concentrate/focus,terrible short term memory - can't even think what I've gone from one room to another to do sometimes in the space of a minute!,tiredness, pelvic pain around ovaries/uterus, night sweats, fluctuations in temp (shivery then too hot). I have had a couple of meltdowns at work where i have done something wrong (that i have done right thousands of times before) & been overwhelmed & tearful afterwards as i just can't seem to apply my normal logic & process at times - really frustrating & embaressing - just like I'm completely dipsy & thick at times. These symptoms are not like any other bouts of depression or anxiety I've had in the past, as they're not constant & nothing is troubling me in my life otherwise to cause it. The mental symptoms & brain fog - I can be on top of the world one day & the opposite next day, or even the same day! Will persevere with the hrt for 3mths to see if its helps. For now, I am at least sleeping a little better. Thanks for sharing. xxxx
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