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Moody71

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Re: HRT--good or bad?
« Reply #1200 on: July 07, 2022, 07:26:48 PM »

Hi everyone,

I'm a newbie to this forum, and I posted my question under another thread but I just need some advice on Evorel Conti - mainly whether to start it or not. I'm constantly tired beyond belief, no sex drive, moody, etc, but I'm 50 y/o overweight smoker with family history of blood clots. I have, however, read that benefits outweigh the risks, especially if you are under 60. I just want to get rid off this ridiculous tiredness.

Thanks for any advice / help.

Moody71
« Last Edit: July 07, 2022, 07:29:22 PM by Moody71 »
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Me

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Re: HRT--good or bad?
« Reply #1201 on: July 10, 2022, 10:15:13 PM »

It was awful, then amazing, then awful again.
Getting information is almost impossible and often you don't get any replies on this forum which sometimes feels like the only place where you can ask. 

I have decided to come off it altogether as even using the tiniest amount of Estrogel makes my boobs very sore.  I've cut back from 1 pump to half a pump and then a pea sized amount and it's just awful.  The final straw came today when I was looking at pictures of our day at the beach and my tits are noticeably bigger.  They hurt when I take my bra off at night and I just can't bear it any more.
For info, to help others also with questions about Utrogestan and Estrogel, I have been taking the Utrogestan vaginally and I have noticed that it gives me a strange sensation 'down there' as if I need to pee all the time.
So apart from the initial burst of energy, improved mood and some relief from Inflammatory Arthritis pain, it's all gone downhill and side effects have crept in and just got worse over the year 10 months I have been taking hrt. 
I brought this up with the hrt specialist appointment I had a couple of weeks ago and questioned if I even needed it.  She asked me about lifestyle etc (don't drink or smoke, vigorous exercise every day for at least an hour and am normal weight) and she said it cannot be underestimated how much all those things can help to keep peri symptoms at bay.  So I'm going to ditch the hrt and do more exercise!
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Luna123

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Re: HRT--good or bad?
« Reply #1202 on: July 13, 2022, 05:26:07 PM »

Hi everyone,

I'm a newbie to this forum, and I posted my question under another thread but I just need some advice on Evorel Conti - mainly whether to start it or not. I'm constantly tired beyond belief, no sex drive, moody, etc, but I'm 50 y/o overweight smoker with family history of blood clots. I have, however, read that benefits outweigh the risks, especially if you are under 60. I just want to get rid off this ridiculous tiredness.

Thanks for any advice / help.

Moody71

Hi Moody71,

I have been on Everol Conti for almost 4 weeks now. Before I started I was constantly tired ( and headaches, moody and no sex drive). I was in doubt before I started with the patches, only because of the side effects ( the list is sooo long). I spoke to my GP about it, and she suggested that I should give it a try for 3 months, just to see how I feel. And I am glad i doing that, because I feel almost like me normal self. So I will say, give it try, if you feel its not for you, just stop using it.

Hope this help  little bit.

Hugs
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MBG

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Re: HRT--good or bad?
« Reply #1203 on: July 15, 2022, 10:36:25 AM »

Hi all. I've been on Evorel Conti now for about 5 months and the only difference I felt was better sleep really so I decided to try the oestrogen and progesterone tablets at night but it gave me terrible side effects with racing heart beat and bad sleep at night and a "hyper" feeling during the day and just "all over the place" particularly in the mornings. I tried 2 pumps at night and once even 3. But I decided to go back on the evorel Conti patches. Anyone else had this experience with oestrogen and the progesterone tablets? I managed just a week before I wen't back to evorel Conti patches.
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Jane007

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Re: HRT--good or bad?
« Reply #1204 on: November 17, 2022, 11:01:40 AM »

I’ve just been given HRT in form of Oestrogel (2 pumps) and Utrogestan 100mg tablets - I haven’t had a period for years but have read that I may start getting periods again which I’m not keen on.
Also read that my breast size may increase and start lactating - again not keen on this.
Has anyone had this and how quickly after starting this did they experience this?
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Flossieteacake

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Re: HRT--good or bad?
« Reply #1205 on: November 17, 2022, 02:26:22 PM »

I’ve just been given HRT in form of Oestrogel (2 pumps) and Utrogestan 100mg tablets - I haven’t had a period for years but have read that I may start getting periods again which I’m not keen on.
Also read that my breast size may increase and start lactating - again not keen on this.
Has anyone had this and how quickly after starting this did they experience this?

I have never heard any members on here say that have started lactating. My breasts did increase but I would prefer that then the horrid menopause symptoms. :)
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Flossycheesecake

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Re: HRT--good or bad?
« Reply #1206 on: March 11, 2023, 09:18:48 AM »

Hi everyone I'm new I'm on evroil sequil patches I'm wondering if you can change the patches every three days instead of waiting for the forth day thankyou
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menopausemayhem

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Re: HRT--good or bad?
« Reply #1207 on: March 13, 2023, 11:31:43 AM »

The effects of HRT have been good and bad for me. I am 3 years post menopause and started HRT May 2022 with everol conti. Mainly for hot flushes that were every 20 minutes all day and all night. within 3 days the flushes had gone and I felt better all round. Able to sleep through the night, more energy and a general feeling of well being. Although I did have a constant headache for the first 6 weeks that subsided slowly. I then read that utrogestan was less of a risk for breast cancer and decided to switch in July 22. I used it vaginally to try and mitigate any progesterone intolerance and was ok for the first 3 months and then developed severely sore breasts followed by what I believe are panic attacks and severe anxiety which I have never had before. On reading Louise Newson's advice, I cut my dose to every other night (Jan 23) and although the breast pain is less severe, it is still there and the anxiety is still a daily event, out of the blue and for no reason. I have decided today that I will stop the utrogestan completely for the next 2 weeks and if my symptoms improve, I will ask GP to swap me back to everol conti as I can't go on like this indefinitely. Any advice would be gratefully received.
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Re: HRT--good or bad?
« Reply #1208 on: March 13, 2023, 12:10:37 PM »

Hi!  Let us know how you get on.  Some find that keeping a mood/food/symptom diary useful.
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CJT

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Re: HRT--good or bad?
« Reply #1209 on: March 22, 2023, 11:36:10 AM »

I have only been taking HRT for just over 3 weeks. I was very reluctant to do so but got desperate with the lack of concentration & being unable to stay focussed - this led to bouts of uncontrolable crying & generally feeling run down & tired. I was having trouble sleeping, hot flushes & no energy to do anything, barely managing to get through a days work.
I noticed very little change in the 1st week but toward the end of the 2nd week noticed that I had more energy then I had done in months. Housework started to get done properly & not just a flip round with the duster. This week work was not such an uphill struggle & almost a pleasure again. I am sleeping better too. So yes in some ways they have helped to give me back a bit of my old life & I feel a bit more in control again.
On the downside I feel as fat as a pig, My stomach has blown up like a balloon & I am struggling to get into my clothes. I still get the flushes but not too bad mainly at night.
I shall continue with them for another 2 months & hopefully it will work out ok for me.
Cazikins
Hi Catkins did the weight and bloating ever settle. I’m struggling with this too x
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Cazikins

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Re: HRT--good or bad?
« Reply #1210 on: March 22, 2023, 05:12:02 PM »

Hi CJT,
To be honest I can't remember CJT. I wrote this in 2007  ??? ??? however I do believe the bloating stopped eventually but not the weight gain.

I came off HRT eventually 6 months ago mainly because of PMB which caused fibroids & I am now 65. I was 49 when I posted that.

It was this website that really helped me more than anything on my journey through the menopause. The support. knowledge & information I got, & still do at times is amazing.

Everyone's menopause  journey is different & it is hard not for it not to rule your life (as it did mine for many years) but in the end I managed to "accept" it & be happy with my lot.

Not sure any of this has answered your question CJT  ;D ;D

Cazikins xx
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CJT

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« Reply #1211 on: March 27, 2023, 07:23:54 PM »

Hi CJT,
To be honest I can't remember CJT. I wrote this in 2007  ??? ??? however I do believe the bloating stopped eventually but not the weight gain.

I came off HRT eventually 6 months ago mainly because of PMB which caused fibroids & I am now 65. I was 49 when I posted that.

It was this website that really helped me more than anything on my journey through the menopause. The support. knowledge & information I got, & still do at times is amazing.

Everyone's menopause  journey is different & it is hard not for it not to rule your life (as it did mine for many years) but in the end I managed to "accept" it & be happy with my lot.

Not sure any of this has answered your question CJT  ;D ;D

Cazikins xx

Thank you for taking the time to reply x
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CJT

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Re: HRT--good or bad?
« Reply #1212 on: March 27, 2023, 07:24:56 PM »

Hi CJT,
To be honest I can't remember CJT. I wrote this in 2007  ??? ??? however I do believe the bloating stopped eventually but not the weight gain.

I came off HRT eventually 6 months ago mainly because of PMB which caused fibroids & I am now 65. I was 49 when I posted that.

It was this website that really helped me more than anything on my journey through the menopause. The support. knowledge & information I got, & still do at times is amazing.

Everyone's menopause  journey is different & it is hard not for it not to rule your life (as it did mine for many years) but in the end I managed to "accept" it & be happy with my lot.

Not sure any of this has answered your question CJT  ;D ;D

Cazikins xx
Thank you for taking the time to reply xx
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HighAnxiety

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Re: HRT--good or bad?
« Reply #1213 on: March 28, 2023, 02:17:55 PM »

Please help! I was on 25mg patches for 3mths and then they were increased to 50mg. I was fine for just over a week but out of the blue I started experiencing headaches, dizziness, nausea and occasional vomiting. I also have increased intense hunger pains all of the time. I have a GP appointment tomorrow but wonder if anyone else feels like this. Yesterday was the worse. This is making me feel so sad. Advise would be so much appreciated.
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HighAnxiety

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Re: HRT--good or bad?
« Reply #1214 on: March 28, 2023, 02:19:05 PM »

Please help! I was on Evorel 25mg patches for 3mths and then they were increased to 50mg. I was fine for just over a week but out of the blue I started experiencing headaches, dizziness, nausea and occasional vomiting. I also have increased intense hunger pains all of the time. I have a GP appointment tomorrow but wonder if anyone else feels like this. Yesterday was the worse. This is making me feel so sad. Advise would be so much appreciated.
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