HRT (weight gain & bloating)

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Is anyone suffering the same, I have recently had my ovearies and tubes removed, because of severe hot sweats etc my doctor perscribed hrt (Elleste Duet). I have gained nearly 2 stone in 3 months and my stomach is constantly bloated, which causes me to feel depressed. Does anyone on this tablet on any type of hrt feeling the same, please help......xx

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    This is so reassuring that it's not just me..I'm 45 and had a full hysterectomy 3 years ago, I was put on Elleste 1mg which stopped my hot flushes and headaches but started putting on weight so after nagging my Dr he changed me to Evorel 50 patches I have continued to put on weight and am bloated sad any Dr or menopause specialist I speak to are adamant HRT don't put weight on you...really..? 3/4 stone heavier I now weigh more than when I was pregnant... Sooooo frustrated and fed up with my huge belly which starts from under my breast..!!! I could always shift  weight reasonably quickly, I eat a reasonable diet but no excersise will shift it..!!!! I'm going to take myself off and maybe try something herbal....will let you know how it goes... Agree would rather sweat than be this fed up and uncomfortable..!! Arghhhhh rant over...thank you for all your stories and advice and good luck to you all xx
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      Hi there have just been reading through these posts and am a little confused. I had hysterectomy over 20 years ago and oophorectomy 18 months ago and have had no HRT, what has interested me is the weight gain, well I'm exactly like you but without HRT ! My weight gain is all on my belly and as you it starts uNader my bust and goes to my pelvic region and to be honest it looks like a mans beer belly and it's disgusting and huge, wobbly and flabby - so depressing as I have awful symptoms of menopause as well, sweats, massive fatigue, panic attacks, health anxiety and oh the list goes on, and can't take HRT due to migraines a swell - I'm wondering about the bloating belly weight thing as it seems to happen weather on HRT or not, this is all a nightmare for us not sure what to do as don't have much luck with GP, what do you think ? X
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    I have been on HRT for 10 years successfully with minimal weight gain. Until a few months ago when I changed to Elleste Solo. I eat less calories than recommended daily, walk briskly, avoid breads,starches, sweets and drink very little over the weekends. My caffiene intake is fairly high but no higher than previously. I don't know the exact amount I have gained but it's all around my middle. My 10's no longer fit. I am 46 and not at all happy about this. I am going to see my doctor and if they won't change them I will arrange for my doctor in SA to prescribe and send over my Estrofem.
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      That is such a breath of fresh to hear, I'm 47 and having all the hot flushes etc and have been prescribed Elleste duet but have never taken it for fear of gaining weight.  I am getting married next year and don't want to look like a beached whale but hearing your story it's nice to know that not all people gain weight. 

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    I have been taking Elleste solo for one one year now and I also have the mirena coil fitted. Previou to this I was taking Elleste duet which stopped hot flusedes but my mood was very up and down. I have been on a low fat diet for 9 months along with taking lot of exercise  and I have lost 3 and a half stone. I am 50 and I feel the best I have for many years. Medication has diffent effect on individual people but personally if has been great for me.
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      I sent this to the wrong person earlier but That is such a breath of fresh to hear, I'm 47 and having all the hot flushes etc and have been prescribed Elleste duet but have never taken it for fear of gaining weight.  I am getting married next year and don't want to look like a beached whale but hearing your story it's nice to know that not all people gain weight. 

       

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    I have put on 3 stone due to this hrt. Only allowed to be on it for a year due to cancer genes, yes my hot sweats went  but my weight went up and up been of for a nearly a year now, ,my hot sweats are back and my weight I still the same won't go at all. Totally fed up now depression is settled in nicely hate myself 
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    Hi,  I was trying anti depressants for the last 4 weeks, but I still was getting the hot flushes, but not as bad,I didn't,t have any other symptoms, had irregular periods for about the last year. Doctor has just put me on Elleste Duet 1mg. I have came home to research them, and there is no way I am going to take them after reading how much weight gain everyone has had. I think I will put up with the hot flushes.
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      Don't be too quick to dismiss the HRT.  I've been on Elleste solo for about 8 years with no significant weight gain.  The tablets didn't suit me - I felt rathery queasy and bloated (but didn't put on weight) but I've been fine since I changed to patches.  Earler this year I tried to cut down the patches with a view to coming off HRT - at the suggestion of my doctor.  In addition to starting back with night sweats, aches and pains and generally feeling lousy, I did actually start to put on weight.  I've now reverted to my previous patches and feel much better all round.  
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    I hear what you are saying, but I thought you could only take HRT for the max 5 years. I did speak to the doc about the patches, but I wear short sleeve tops most days so it would be on show. I am really not sure what to do. Also the fact that you have said you have had to try & come off them, and then the original symptoms came back, makes me think it's not worth it.

    The other symptom  I have had for the last 5-6 weeks is really itchy skin, when I scratch it looks like I have crawled at my skin. Has anyone else experienced this.

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      The patches are put on your behind, rather than your arm.  They are unobtrusive - you could even wear a skimpy swinsuit or bikini without them showing, should you wish - and no problems swimming, showering, etc.  Assuming you are in the UK, read the new NICE guidelines on prescribing HRT.  Some people come off without problems after a few years, others choose to stay on them a lot longer.  If you can cope with your menopause symptoms without HRT, that's great - but don't suffer unnecesarily.

      Yes, dry and itchy skin can be a symptom of menopause, as your hormones decrease.  One thing I noticed very quicky after I restarted my patches was my skin felt a whole lot better.

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      Well talk about not getting the right information from your doctor, thank you for your help and info, I think I will speak to a different doctor, one that isn't in her thirties and pregnant. I will do some more research on the patches now.

       

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      Remember that GPs are "general" practitioners and not experts in every field!  maggie47657 posted a link to the new NICE guidelines, the thread  "The quick link to NICE HRT guidelines" is currently 8th in this forum and mine about my personal perspective just above it.  Do some research and good luck, whatever you decide to do.
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      Hi Maria, Could you tell me the name of the patches your on as im on estelle solo 1mg and in 3 months ive put over a stone on and if the patches are better i'll try these

      Thanks

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