Femoston 1/10 - still not sleeping great

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Hi ladies,

One of the reasons I started taking hrt was to help with my insomnia.  Although I do feel better on hrt,  no more night sweats and anxious feelings... I still don’t sleep that great - I’m still waking several times during the night for no particular reason - and just feel drained the next day - has anyone else experienced this? Just feeling a little disappointed as I thought the sleep issues would be resolved. Many thanks! 

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    Hi Nicola..tbh her has never helped me sleep any better ..I take amitriptlyn to help me sleep.aswell.as it helps my arthritis i wish hrt did help with insomnia ..although i may just be an unlucky one ..all the best xx
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    I too take amitriptyline. This was initially to help me with the pain of vulvodynia and help me sleep because the pain was so severe I wasn’t sleeping. I no longer have vulvodynia but I then started getting symptoms of menopause - lack of energy, vaginal dryness, frequent hot flushes in the day. However, I was still sleeping soundly (on amitriptyline I sleep deeply through the whole night  - I sleep better than I ever have), even the night sweats don’t wake me up. So, you may ask, how do I know I have them? Because my night sweats wake my hubby up! He tells me I am hot and soaking wet ... that could be taken the wrong way, but you know what I mean. Anyway, my GP told me to stay on the amitriptyline now that my body is used to it because it will help with the sleep problems associated with menopause. Apparently it is the lack of sleep that most menopausal women can’t cope with and makes them take the decision to try HRT. I have managed without HRT (thus far ...) and just Estriol cream for the vaginal dryness. 

    Perhaps you are not on the right HRT for you? I have friends who started on HRT patches because they couldn’t cope with the lack of sleep and they are sleeping much better now.

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    Ya know, I never have gotten the sleep back.   I got the pellet implants, and things are seemingly better, feeling happier, not so much like a spayed dog, but still, I am sleeping about 4 hours at the most every night.  I am gettin used to it.  Given a choice, I would rather feel more like a woman, and give up some sleep.....
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    Hi , just wondering how long you have been on HRT? I am on patches Evorel 25mcg plus a quarter of a patch, so about 31mcg (I have had bad bloating when I increase my dosage) but GP told me it could  take a few months to feel full benefit . I have another condition which affects my sleep (M.E) but I would say the HRT has improved it but still have the odd night where I am restless or keep waking. One thing I have also notice is I need to get up for a we a couple of times per night, not sure if this is HRT as I have had a lot of bloating with patches.
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    Hi. hrt has made my life easier. I started early menopause at 41. I still have night sweats and it wakes me. I wake all the time but I don’t get the irritability I used too. I tried patches and then went on the pill. I think it’s trial and error until you find a hrt that is right for you. Maybe swap to something else and give it a go. I’m going to swap again as not completely happy about still having sweats. Hope things get better for you. 
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      Hi Michelle

      Can you share your story please?

      I started last year at 42. Been trying HRT since August with limited success.

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    Hi Nicstead

    I'm new to this discussion. May I ask how old you were when you were prescribed this medication. Also did you still have periods before taking it? My reason for asking is that my GP has prescribed this for me today and I dont think its the right hrt as I am 45 still having my cycle ? My main issues right now are disrupted sleep, crying spells (several a day), feeling fearful and all the joint aches and pains.

    Sometimes GPs really just want you off their backs in my case and has prescribed this I feel its not right and wanted the patches to be honest.

    Many thanks

    Elaine

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      Hi Elaine,

      i am 46, yes still having regular periods. How I understand it, is that if you are still having periods you must take this dual pack that contains estrogen and progesterone. The Progesterone brings on the bleed.  I think with me, I am mainly not sleeping because I wake in the night and start 'thinking'. However, I do feel better on hrt, I'm not not keen on the Progesterone bit... I just don't feel as good as when taking the estrogen. This is why I'm thinking of having the Marina coil, so I can then take estrogen only, daily. But... I've heard bad things about that coil, so I'm probs not going to have it. 

      The other option that I know help some ladies, is Anti depressants, but again the side effects often cause insomnia - I have tried a couple over the years.

      i hope this helps, but sorry I don't have any definitive answers!! Xxx

       

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