Estrogen patch vs pill

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Does a patch deliver the same amount of hormone as a pill? Are there any advantages to using the patch verses pill form? I should also mention that I had a total hysterectomy and I am concerned about gaining weight with the patch. Thanks!
She has not stopped taking any medications as of yet. She was switched from an oral estrogen pill to a patch. Her family physician and her gyn are now ok with her either continuing her estrogen or discontinuing as she sees fit. Right now that is not at the top of her list. Right now her biggest concern is getting off of the keppra that is causing her heart to slow and skip beats. Her neurosurgeon was pretty much a jerk and told her to follow up with another doctor - a neurologist.
Well, because I have receptors for it in my lungs and in my brain and it balances out the estrogen I take so that I don't end up in estrogen dominance...but, I don't want to quit the estrogen." Have I totally confused you now? Personally, I feel more protected now than when I was not on any hormones. In fact, the consenses is that my ovarian cancer was caused by an imbalance of hormones...too much estrogen and near zero progesterone (which is not produced when you are not ovulating...
I was put on a low estrogen pill to control my monthly bleeding. I am almost through my 2nd pack of pills. I have had nausea, dizziness, and what now seems to be extreme anxiety. I worry about everything all of the time. I am not sleeping well at all. I am calling the doctor tomorrow to see if I can stop taking the pill. I believe something called ablation may be an option. However, I was told it may not work well for me since I am 40. Anyone have experience with ablation?
Tough to say - my guess would be increase the estrogen or change it to a conventional route (ie patch vs pill -- it's still "bio-identical" and usually less expensive). HRT does not increase the action of synthroid - if anything it decreases it -- so in increasing the Estrogen the TSH may rise a bit....don't change the synthroid (or whichever you are on) at the same time.
If I were you and you are not sure HRT is for you, I would get a second opinion. I choose to take the injections just when I need them instead of being put on a medication that stay in your system all the time. I can say that I have not had any problem at all. The bonus is that it increases your sex drive. I think it is just whichever you think will work for you. I take alot of other medications and I did not to take anymore pills, and I am allergic to adhesive so the patch was out.
Serves as the primary ‘”reservoir” of estrogen, and dominant estrogen remaining AFTER menopause. It is produced primarily in the ovaries, body fat, and breast. E2, Estradiol; Serves as the primarily active estrogen BEFORE menopause and is LOST at menopause when follicles are gone. It is produced primarily in the ovaries with some made from testosterone in the brain, breast, and muscle. E3, Estriol; A weak estrogen made by the placenta during pregnancy.
I am going to call the doc and tell her that whatever the dose of biest - It aint workin! I will be anxious to hear how you do on the compounded vs the patch. I have been seriously thinking about switching to the Estrace which has much more estradiol vs the weaker estrone. I am wondering if the biest just doesn't have enough estradiol to relieve the symptoms. I wonder if the compounding pharm can add more estradiol to the mix? I just want sooooommmmmmeeee sssllleeeeppppp!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
The wild yam doesn't really have estrogen in it; it's merely a substance that mimics estrogen. I was on an estrogen patch for quite some time after my hysterectomy, but finally went off that, too. My doctor suggested black cohosh to help manage symptoms. Yes, it's important to read labels carefully, and understand what they say. Not only is soy hidden in many foods, there's also excess sugar that's called different things, such as fructose, sucralose, and others, as well as hidden fat.
I am on the cream for my bi-est and progesterone. I was on the patch when I used the Vivelle patch for estrogen along with the progesterone cream. So glad you found someone who knows about the bio's...Sounds like he REALLLLLLLY (Yawn, as you said!!!) knows all about them......and lectures...It is interesting because I love knowing all the details and it is cool to hear how things work, then there is a point where my brain just says..."Okay, I'm full...Stop for now!
(Vivelle or Climara patch are both bioidentical estradiol) is used, even though these hormones are made from soy or yams in a lab, the end result is something that the body sees as 'normal' to what you used to make in spades... thus keeping your levels of estrogen (since Premarin is estrogen only... Prempro is estrogen and progestin) stable during menopause. It is the fluctuations in hormones that can cause hot flashes, etc.
They talk to cells through specific receptors that are made for them. For example, bio-identical estradiol (a type of estrogen) in patch form, gel or cream (brand names: Estragel, Estradot, Tri-Est, Bi-Est) acts just like the estradiol our ovaries secrete into the bloodstream. However, bioidentical estradiol in pill form (brand names: Estrace, Tri-Est, Bi-Est) has the negative effect of increasing blood clots because it is not natural for estrogen to enter the bloodstream through the stomach.
Sorry to be so blunt but those of us on pain meds know the horror of the bathroom routine...mine seems to have gotten better being on the patch versus the pill. Yeah for a good side effect! I also was able to get off my depression meds, reduced my preventitive meds, and for awhile stopped my muscle relaxants, but went back on them at night because they help me sleep. My Percoset, which can be used as intermittent for breakthrough pain, I haven't used for almost 3 weeks.
I would also weigh up the pain causd by the cysts, how often you get the pain vs losing your hormones. Have they advised what kind of cysts they think they are? Will they give you regular ultrasounds to check them? Its quite a tricky one. I have a 10cm cyst, that they think is a dermoid, I just want it gone, I was due for surgery this week, but it was cancelled due to me finding out I was pregnant. I am prepared to lose my ovary, I am nearly 35, and want it out when its okay to operate.
Estrace, Tri-Est, Bi-Est) has the negative effect of increasing blood clots because it is not natural for estrogen to enter the bloodstream through the stomach. Pill estrogen, even if it is bio-identical, goes from the stomach to the liver and stimulates it to make clotting factors" I will check Uzzi's book tonight. I have been falling asleep after reading only one page...not that this is not interesting stuff, just that I am going to bed way toooo late:) Things will get better.
When the 72 hours are up, there is still fentanyl left in the patch. It is just a lot less. The patch is a great way to stay maintained on an opioid. You don't get the peaks and valleys like you do on pills.
In order to suppress them and get best results, you need the estrogen patch. You WILL OVULATE THROUGH THE PILL. The pill is not enough to suppress your active ovaries. I start the patch right after ovulation, keep it on for 2 weeks, go off for 3 days, then start stims. 5. Baseline exam should have E2 less than 30 and at least 8 antral follicles all about 5 mm. You don't want a leader follicle for sure...make sure they're all less than 7 mm.
I hope I can shed some light even though its not verbatim - they said that its the fluctuations in estrogen (and sometimes vs progesterone) that makes our vessels dialate and constrict - meaning estrogen, when its at it's height (OVULATION) is maxed out - its not the levels that affect us, (high levels are actually good for our bodies) its the sudden SURGE that makes our vessels contract and dialate - causing the heart to say "hey whats goin on" and it just reacts to it.
I talked to the pharmacist a long time ago about the shakes---it was while they were lowering my cortisol. i was getting occasional heart palps, too. I thought my thyroid was too high---i was only on 15-30 mgs of armour--can't remember which. We talked about it and she thought it sounded like it was thyroid, so i lowered it. I completely lost track of how much thyroid i was taking at different times during the last year.
(I find it awesome that our body will take in what it needs and leave on the skin what it doesn't need!) This works transdermally much like the now popular Nicoderm and Estrogen Patches, by soaking into the blood stream via the skin. *** Important...if you are presently on thyroid medicine you may need to cut back on your dose, or ultimately stop it all together, now that your body has the iodine to manufacture the thyroid hormones it needs.
AF arrives Monitor for LH surge with OPK 10 days after LH surge detected - apply estrogen patch. Patch is changed every other day until next AF shows up.
I have been on the pill now for a few years, and I just learned about ParaGard-- unlike the other IUD mentioned, this one has no hormones, and once inserted by the doctor, it lasts for up to 10 years, but you can take it out whenever you want. According to the website, since there are no hormones, you can start trying for pregnancy immediately after you take it out, and on the flip side, it supposedly begins working the day you have it put in!
who could ask for a better BC if I can rid myself of periods and not have to take a pill, patch or shot for five years??!! I've tried them all (pills, dep. shot, the ring and the patch).
So I ended up doing better on the Desmopressin (DDAVP) pills. I did well on 0.1 mg (the smallest dose) pill twice a day. I also weighed myself every day. If I was holding onto too much water, I cut back on my intake or skipped the DDAVP every once and a while. When on the meds it is very easy to become overhydrated. Eventually you find a rhythm that works and it becomes a background issue. I now I take only 1/2 of a 0.1 mg pill before I go to bed and don't take in during the day.
i guess if that is the case they may do blood work to check my estrogen level then prescribe me estrogen pills, i dont care anymore what the outcome may be, as long as it is treatable. i feel okay knowing there are other women in the same boat as i. hopefully as soon as i see the gyno again i will finally ge the answer i am hoping for!
After a couple of months I reduced to 25 MG. I found that it was much more tolerant, if I cut the pill in half and took 1/2 in the morning, with food, and one half in late afternoon. After about 4 months, I quit taking the afternoon half and now only take about 15mg per day. This dosage is still very effective in lowering my heart rate and I believe it has been quite beneficial in my recovery.
For a good share of that time, I was on estrogen/progesterone, though not bio-identical. I was on an estrogen patch after my hysterectomy, until I felt that it was no longer helping to alleviate symptoms. I had better luck with black cohosh. What makes the NP think you might have an adrenal issues, as well? If you do, that could be one reason you aren't getting better on the thyroid med... adrenal issues should be addressed prior to thyroid issues.
I am supposed to monitor for my LH surge. 10 days after that, I am to apply an estrogen patch, which gets changed every two days for up to four patches. I also take three Ganirelix injections, 11, 12 and 13 days after my LH surge. One or two days after my third Ganirelix injection, I should get a period. On the second day of my period I go into the REs office where they do an u/s and b/w. That evening I start the second phase of the protocol.
She keeps wanting to do a natural cycle but my hormones are not cooperating - I think I am really sensitive to the estrogen - maybe because of my advanced age. I am also investigating a new donor with an agency recommended by my doctor. My insurance decided not to cover one of the surgeries I had to have (since it appeared to be an infertility treatment), and with that and the donor fees, I have already spent enough money to buy a really really nice Mercedes.
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