Just Started Femoston..... some advice....

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Hi There

Just wondering if anybody has had similar side effects from Femoston 1/10mg, I've been on this for approx. 5 weeks now, whilst I am feeling a lot better in myself I've noticed a massive weight gain, especially in the last 2 weeks.  I am feeling so bloated all the time it is really getting me down.  I think more than I was before I started taking it.  I was 45 yesterday so quiet young ( I think)  but my sister and Mam all started young too. The other thing I noticed is that I didn't get a bleed at the end of the first pack..... has anybody else had this experience??  I am thinking of stopping completely, I am also concerned about the side effects and just not sure if it is for me... 

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    Hi Claudia

    I think you should persevere with the Femoston, only because it takes time to work properly.  The weight gain could be co-incidental but may be bloating due to the hormones.  I am about to start the same tablets and am plucking up the courage to switch from patches.

    From what I've read ( and trust me it's a lot!) they are one of the better tolerated tablets due to the progesterone being different.  I find and it seems so do lots of others that Norethisterone is problematic which is what is in my patches.

    Wishing you luck and would love to hear how you get on

    D x

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    Hi Claudia

    Im turned 45 last December and started a wave of symptoms that in early February after having blood tests found that my hormones estrogene was low. From what I've read from age 45 onwards is the start of perimenopause anything under is premature ? Yes, at 45 week are still relatively young I believe and 6 months ago I felt reasonably well and together getting on with my life.

    Fast forward December 17 I just crashed with all these symptoms. My gp started me on Femonston begrundingly. l started taking on 8th February I was reluctant to taken them as I wanted to go onto patches but he insisted that these were the only available HRT choice ??? 2 weeks in;

    Waking at night 2/3 times seems improved - recently sleeping through til around 6am;

    Eye dryness/pain - recently is not effecting me so much as before.

    General fatigue that has kept me off work - not so intense but still present.

    I have noticed that my appetite has picked up a bit not sure if I feel bloated but do have more desire to eat, tender breast and headches ? I'm 5'2 and around 56kg and was seeming to lose weight a few months back that was worrying me as I unsure if this would be a common Meno symptom.

    Interesting as I am only on my first blister pack and soon to finish my 14 days of oestrogen and then onto the progesterone (which I believe is synethic). I'm due my period around the 7th March and wondered if my regular bleed as this has not changed or otherwise.

    What are side effects are you experiencing?



    Generally I am worried about taking HRT as a pill and its side effects due to the ingestion into the liver and would much prefer gel patches that goes into the blood stream quicker and more effectively.

    I've been told to persevere as its still early days but I am generally worried about my symptoms and due to see my gyneacologist on Sunday (weekend clinic).

    Are you able to see your specialist and talk through whats going on rather than just stop


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    Hi Claudia,

    I've been taking 1/10 for 4 months now and like you I feel much better in myself. I too have mixed feelings.  I have put on weight, this is really getting me down as and also worrying about long termside effects.  I wish that there was a lower dose, but I gather this one we are on, is the lowest.  

    I am seriously thinking of gradually coming off them, but scared that I will feel low & anxious again.  I'm thinking of either taking half a tablet a day, or taking a tablet every other day...sorry I'm not much help ! Xx

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    Hello Claudia

    5 weeks is not long enough to see if it's working for you.  I'd give it 3 months.  It may be that you need to try different HRT options before you find one that suits you.  I know I certainly did.  Can't remember how many as it wss 17 years ago.  You say say you are "just not sure if it is for me" - it sounds as if you are not sure about HRT.  It's not for everyone but as you will see from this forum, there are many of us who swear by it and want to remain on it forever, such are the benefits we experience.  Have you got a supportive doctor who is prescribing?

    All the best


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      Hi Lyn

      I know it’s only been a few weeks and my doctor thinks it will help with my symptoms. I did fertility treatments for years and put so many hormones into me it is bringing back a lot of memories of that time my last fertility treatment was 2 years ago and I never had a good experience I piled on weight back then too but had lost it but suddenly the weight is rapidly coming back on!! The weight gain is really getting me down......

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      Hello Claudia

      I'm sorry to hear that you are having such a hard time.  Gaining weight is never something we like and it seems so much easier to put it on than to take it off.  I've had similar experiences since hysterectomy.  Perhaps look at possible alternatives, different HRT, while giving the current regime perhaps another couple of months.  Have you got a review appointment?  Are you seeing a specialist?

      I know there are some on this forum who believe that one shouldn't need a specialist but I've had good experiences with going to a gynaecologist who is also a Fertility expert so well versed on hormones and always up with the latest literature on HRT.  

      Take care of yourself.  I hope that you have good support.

      Best wishes, Lyn


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