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Im 46 one ovary early meno.  I went on bio hrt patch 1.5 years ago. When I started on patch my estrogen level was 18. I felt amazing in less than 24 hours after applying .50 patch. Flashes stopped had energy and depression lifted. I started to really go down hill about 6 months ago. Flashes back, deep depression, no energy or interest in much, etc. changed patch to .75 for 6 weeks with no change in symptoms. Changed patch again to 1.00 for the lad4 weeks. Flashes have improved 60% but still depressed tired wake up at 4:30 am 😳 And have to get up cant sleep. 

The highest my estrogen ever has been on patch was 42. I recently had it checked again and its currently 24. Myrogesterone is currently 1.5.  When the flashes returned 6 months ago i upped prog thinking it would help flashes. got it up to 16.5. Backed off it and now its 1.5. I feel terrible and have gained 30 lbs i 1.5 years. Im at a loss. My estrogen level was at 18 before hrt. With no weight gain. Im trying to protect my heart and bones with hrt buy have not achieved a high enough level on hrt to protect me. I wonder if i achieved 42 estrogen level because I still was producing some estrogen myself along with patch until 6 months ago maybe ovary gave out and dropped mr back to 20 level.

one more key information. I was smoking heavily nd wonder if that had anything to do with absorbtion of patch. I have been non smoking now for 5 weeks. And will never smoke again. Anyways, can you share your thoughts with me on my levels absorbtion and weightgain? Im struggling pretty bad mentally. My memory is shot and i cant concentrate for a whole minute. Thank you for your input and help 🙃 

 

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    Hi Cherie

    Really sorry to read your recent experiences in trying to maintain your hormone levels. I've only started taking HRT and so am so new to exploring what is right or wrong. Im 45 and my estrogen level is 43. I have been put onto Femonston 1/10mg tablets by GP and have only started this week so I not sure what to expect but hope that treatment will lessen my symptoms particularly low mood, waking at night and energy levels.

    I'm awaiting an appointment with the GYN clinic so I can find out more and see my options in taking patches instead.

    Good that you have stopped smoking. Have you discuss further options with your GP or GYN specialist?  Hopefully others will be able to contribute to your post.

    Take care X

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      Hi Elaine,

      Thanks for responding. As you read I did make it to 42 last summer and felt much better at level 42 than in the teens or 20s. I'm not sure I'm a fan of the patch as you see that my levels have not gone up much on the patch for 1.5 years. I've read that optimal levels are In the 100s. Maybe I don't absorb the patch. I'm considering switching docs at this point as I've seen very little benefit to get for myself. I hope you have an attentive physician to help yoj find your way through this darkness called hormone balance.

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      Yes, i think if you are not happy with your doctor you should change them. Its right that you find confidence in your specialist. x
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    It is a real struggle To get the dosage correct but I don’t think it is a good idea to experiment without the advice of a gynaecologist .I have no idea what the levels of the hormones are in my blood- in fact when I asked if my oestrogen could be measured my doctor simply said”no”.I intend to ask to be referred to a gynaecologist and I think you should do the same.

    best wishes

      Pauline

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      I'm quickly discovering the towing and throwing with GP's when seeking help from gp's Pauline. Have you not seen a GYNo specialist yet ?

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