Does anyone have experience with weight gain while using Minivelle patch ? I use .0375 dosage.
12 May 2013
Despite the dosage weight gain is almost inevitable when your using any type of nonsteroidal synthetic estrogen. Even though your already on a low dose and receiving it @ a 24 hour release rate, maybe you can ask your doctor for a lower dose, either by pill or patch?
Not knowing what your taking it for, you have to ask, yourself do the side effects (weight gain) justify the treatment for which your taking the medication?
Best of luck.
14 May 2013
I disagree with Answer #1, as I have actually lost a little weight after a month or so on Minivelle, without changing anything in my diet or exercise routines. I am on the .05 dose and so far am very pleased. I've been able to sleep soundly through the night again, and the night sweats and hot flashes have completely stopped. Evidently quite a few women do experience some weight gain on the estradiol patch, but it isn't inevitable or a given. My friend gained a few pounds initially, but when she started cutting out carbs, they came right off. Your estradiol and progesterone levels may still need some tweaking, and a gynecologist or endocrinologist with plenty of experience working with bioidenticals should be able to help you find the proper balance.
16 Jun 2013
Yes i am on 0.05 and i have gained 10# while on the patch in 1 month. I lost 53# 3 years ago and kept it off till i started the patch and this is not making me very happy. No matter what i do i am still gaining and i dont eat carbs. I am looking for help on this as well if anyone out there knows what to do HELP!!!
10 Nov 2013
I strongly suggest being under the care of an endocrinologist for HRT. I lived in menopause hell for 3 plus years before finally getting the Minivelle patch (.05), but my doc is also balancing it with progesterone.What I mainly wish to impart to my sisters here is this: jettison ALL crap out of your diets! Quit eating sugar and junk carbs. You will not gain weight, and in fact I lost weight easily, for the first time in my life. I swear if you put in the effort, it will pay off!
8 Jan 2014
I went on the Minivelle patch. After FOUR days my knees swelled. That was 8/2013. I immediately removed the patch and stopped. The swelling never ceased, I have Rheumatoid Arthritis now, I walk with a cane, my life is forever changed. My pain and swelling is constant and no one will readily admit there is a connection but I know my body. Be aware of this hormone!! I had tried many other products, since 2006 I have suffered with hideous life altering hot flashes.
Since this has happened my hot flashes are few-another reason I know this is all linked. I wouldn't wish this on anyone.
23 Jan 2014
I had been on Estratest 125/2.5 for many years, decided 5 months ago to switch and try Minivelle 0.05... I started gaining weight immediately and still gaining it. I called my doctor today and requested to be switched back to Estratest. This may not be others experiences but it certainly doesn't work for me and it's the only thing different I have done.
12 Aug 2014
I am 50. I had a complete hysterectomy one year ago. I was on a bioidentical for many months. I liked it but I started growing a lot of hair all over... arms, legs, face. So I went back to my GYN and he put me on the 1 mg Minivelle patch. On the bioidenticals, I had lost 28 pounds since Christmas. I have been on the patch for less than a month and I have gained 10 pounds!!! Whoa!! Pulled that sucker off this morning and I am going back to the Test/Estro/Progest cream. I'd rather be a hairy than FAT!!
28 Oct 2014
I am 55yr 165# 5'6". For the last 3 years, I was prescribed several different "personally compounded Troches". Each different tweek brought my period, so my OBGYN prescribed Minivell .05.
I just finished my first 3mos, on the patch. I assure that my eating habits are very-very controlled. Low-to-no fat, sugar, junk, and I eat like a bird. I gained 5#, in the first round. The bones in my feet hurt, everytime I stood up. Joints in my fingers ached. I felt listless, ZERO libido, ZERO ability to make decisions. I didn't feel bad... I felt NOTHING. This week, I removed the patch, to begin the "flush", with Medroxyprogesterone. I feel like ME again!! The bones in my feet don't hurt. My mind is sharp! I can think and make decisions, again. Two negatives, though: Night sweats- I wake a few times at night, AND this was supposed to bring-on my period, to flush my uterus. It has not. ((Shrug)).
13 Aug 2015
I used a variety of doses after arriving at the lowest dose on a estrodial patch .025. No weight gain at this dose for me and I lost the weight on the initial dose of 0.1. I had gained 9-10 pounds in a month! This lower dose got rid of hot flashes. However my energy was lacking and I spoke to my doctor who put me on oral estrogen/progesterone/testosterone combo and I'm feeling much better now! I still use patch. No bone aches, energy & weight stabilized. Although I'd like to lose a few! Surgical menopause, age 49.
20 Aug 2015
I just lost 82Pounds I am sick with fear of gaining. I am conscience of my eating and am active at a very high movement job.
It was brutal to loose it at my age. I stick to a low Cal diet with few carbs.
I work with all Men and can't handle what is happening here with no outlet, I am also single, so I VERY MUCH REQUIRE THIS PATCH.
Geez... Please any advise would be appreciated, I am 49.
I am also on the lowest dose. Good luck to everyone.
Any response would help.
12 Oct 2015
So glad I read all of this. I thought it was just me. I am 50, had a hysterectomy at age 29 and was on various dosages of Premarin or Estratest for 26 years. They took me off everything given the risks of synthetic estrogens as we age, and long term use. I was ok for about a year then started having night sweats, melt-down hot flashes multiple times during the day, couldn't sleep, and mentally... I don't know, I was losing it. I can't describe what was happening. My GYN put me in Minivelle .0375 in Dec 2013. All the menopause symptoms went away within a month but within 3 months I had gained 10 pounds. Mostly in my mid section but my breasts seem larger too. I'm only 5' so this is significant for me and I can't get it off no matter what I do. I often feel bloated as well and have significantly diminished libido.
Now I seem to be gaining again and I'm not doing anything different! I don't want to go off estrogen again but I'd love a different solution that didn't come with weight gain.
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