Thoughts on Estrogel?? Patches just not staying on

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I am looking for opinions regarding estrogel as I am having a hard time keeping the estradiol patches on. I do prep the area with rubbing alcohol before applying my patch to try to make it stick but it does not seem to work. I have used tegaderm and now have resorted to placing water proof tape over the patch to make it stay on. After losing my patch on vacation while swimming in the Gulf of Mexico with tegaderm over it I am becoming very frustrated. Seriously I feel like I have a bullseye on my rear end with the waterproof tape on! I'm 40 years old, active, and still wanna look a little sexy in front of my husband.

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    I am increasingly having that problem too.  Years ago it was not a problem.  Have the manufacturers changed the glue, I wonder?  They loosen in the shower and where they don't stick, we don't get the oestrogen.  I find them among my bedsheets, too.  I have tried using micropore tape too and yes, it is hardly sexy, and gives me more glue to upset my skin.

    I do use estrogel to top up and that is pesky to have to apply nightly after a shower.  When I use estrogel because I am not getting enough from the patches, because of the above, etc., or I just need more oestrogen.  I do find an immediate affect (I feel the loss of oestrogen within a couple of hours when the patch is not working, or I have forgotten to replace it), but I have not used estrogel only on a daily basis.

    A menopause website says to apply some low heat from a hair dryer on the patch once the patch is applied, then some talcum powder to stop the perimeter glue from sticking to clothing.  I don't use a hairdryer and one is stashed in the nether regions of a cupboard - we should not have to go to such lengths.

    We need to get the message across to the manufacturers.  The other option is to find a compound chemist who makes the oestradiol pellets for implants.  I was on them for years and they were the best thing ever.  You still need a script from your dr to order and purchase them.

     

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      Hi Sheryl,

      I agree that we should not have to find ways of making a patch stick in order to receive its prescribed benefits. I placed my new weekly one on Friday and had to replace it today. Apparently you cannot go swimming with it on as it will hold water if you only tape the edges of the patch. If I bought this product from a store I would be demanding a refund but that's hard to do when it's related to a prescribed product. I am defiantly going to speak with my gyn today because there has to be another option. Thank you for your advise and input!

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      Try changing to twice weekly patches, and ask your dr for a script for Estrogel to top up when the patch fails.

       

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    I am not sure about the estrogel, but when I first started this roller coaster ride, the doctor put me on the patches and they were great.  Unfortunately, they didn't stick to my skin.  Three days was the max.  Quite expensive like that, and you can't just refill them early, ya know...  So I quit that and went to the pills.  Never could find ones that worked.  Always felt like a spayed dog.  So then after all those trials of the pills, they started saying that HRT caused cancer.  So nobody would give me a Rx for them anymore.  Then time goes by, I feel less and less myself, and find out from my daughter a few weeks ago, that they have now retracted that whole cancer scare thing.  I am going Tuesday for the pellet.  I see now that the patch glue has not improved.  So I guess I am making the right decision with trying the pellets.  I can't stand feeling this way any longer.  And can't believe how doctors, even women, act as though once you are beyond child bearing years, you are pretty much useless except as a maid around the house.  I am pretty sure I paid for the education of the last provider I saw, just the other day, who was at the most 25 years old.  When I told her I would rather be dead than to spend the time I have left on earth feeling this way, she very non chalantly said she was sorry and offered me some cream for vaginal dryness.  This was right after I told her there is no "action" down there since over a year.  Why would I need cream if I have no desire???  I am appalled at what passes for medical care these days.

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      Hi Kathleen,

      I'm sorry to hear that your having issues with physicians taking your symptoms seriously. That is very frustrating! I am new to HRT and was placed on it 3 months ago. I have not heard of the pellets but please keep me updated as I am interested in your experience with them. Thank you for responding and I hope you find relief from those horrible symptoms

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      Hi, 

      Thank you.  I am going to my appointment tomorrow morning and am maybe way too hopeful.  I hope I am not disappointed again.  I will keep y'all posted on it.  They did blood tests and stuff so they are able to make up the pellet with the correct amount of everything, so I guess they are taking it seriously.  I certainly hope so.  They say they make the formula for each person's needs, so we will see.  He is a reputable regular OB/GYN doctor, and for some unknown reason, has decided that women do matter and helping them feel more normal and like themselves is a good thing.  I am so hoping this is real.  And I think it is a shame to read these forums and see how many women are being treated like less than valuable humans who don't deserve equal medical care, and at the same time thankful that we do have these outlets to vent and get feedback and help from each other.

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      Hi Kathleen,  I posted my experience with pellets on your other post but it is being held up by the moderator.  I don't understand why, I have not included a URL, nor said a 'bad' word.  They are taking too long.

       

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      Hi, Sheryl.

      I saw that, and just responded.  Who knows why people do the things they do?  I will watch for the "released" post in the near future.  Thanks for the input.  I so appreciate it.

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