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Review by Happy Hormones (taken for 2 to 5 years):
Vivelle-Dot (estradiol): Was on Vivelle 0.05 plus Prometrium for 4.5 years; felt great. Stopped for 1 year because I worried that being on HRT for 14 years (Prempro for 10 yrs.) total was risky & maybe I was now "beyond" the hot flashes, etc. Well...I felt lousy the entire time I was without HRT (1 year)..hot flashes, sleepless nights, brain fog, etc. Now I'm back on Vivelle Dot & Prometrium...feeling so much better! I don't think I'll ever give up this. Plus the estrogen helps my osteoporosis & vaginal dryness.
10 users found this comment helpful.
Vivelle-Dot (estradiol): I had a total hysterectomy and experienced terrible hot flashes. I began with a dosage of .05 but the hot flashes continued, although less severe. My doctor changed the dosage to .1 and the hot flashes are a thing of the past. I've only been on this medication for 3 months but haven't experienced any side effects so far.
Review by dawnchristine71 (taken for 1 to 6 months):
Divigel (estradiol): After a surgically induced menopause, the onset on hot flashes and night sweats was so fierce asked my nurse practitioner what works. She mentioned Divigel. I started on the lowest dose and actually felt like myself again within one week of use. Keeping in mind you want to stay on the lowest dose possible, she reminded me that this is to cut down only on the severity of those hot flashes, not get rid of them entirely. I am so happy on this HRT. Just apply to your upper thigh once daily and that's it!
Elestrin (estradiol): I really like Elestrin. I used bio-identical hormone treatment for many years but tried this for a number of reasons. My thinking cleared up which is way more important than hot flash relief! I do have the side effect of developing "freckles," but I had those already so they just blend in.
Review by Anonymous (taken for less than 1 month):
Divigel (estradiol): I have gallstones, this medication bypasses the liver because it is topical. I also lost 4 pounds after only a week and a half. I started on the lowest dose. Next week I will try a slightly higher dose, although my night sweats have decreased I am still experiencing some hot flashes. Sleeping through the night is great, no more getting up three times to pee. It works great for vaginal dryness and urethra atrophy. Thanks Divigel!
12 users found this comment helpful.
Evamist (estradiol): I was through menopause by age 46. The hot flashes were so frequent they disrupted my quality of life. I urge you to discuss with your doctor but if you are concerned about the side effects of HRT, this is a very low dose spray. As my physician pointed out, even with one spray a day I still have less estrogen than most women my age. What do I notice? Almost no hot flashes. More energy, improved mood, fuller hair (unexpected benefit), less vaginal dryness, better sleep (use with progesterone). If you are suffering with postmenopausal symptoms and are worried about HRT, this may be a good cautious step and all you really need to stop suffering!
11 users found this comment helpful.
Evamist (estradiol): Eliminated hot flashes, slept through the night, mood was great, mind sharp, no more brain fog! Lost weight because I am not craving sweets and salty foods all the time. Energy up, feel 20 years younger! The bad part is that it is so expensive, but it has no side effects for me and works quickly. Love it.
26 users found this comment helpful.
Femring (estradiol): I am 54 years old; I have been using Fem-ring for more than two years. Prescribed 0.5 mg; changed ring every three months. This past month, I developed intermittent abdominal, low back, and side pain with occasional vaginal discharge; escalated into chronic abdominal pain with fever, chills, nausea, and skin rash, with constant discharge. I removed and discarded the Femring. Pain, fever, and chills quickly subsided; discharge decreased. White blood cell count had escalated. Apparently, my body was rejecting the ring as it was trying to embed itself. My gynecologist has prescribed an antibiotic suppository treatment for infection. It has been four days since I removed the ring; I have been on the antibiotic for only one night, and have not experienced the low back, side, and abdominal pain as before removing it.
Evamist (estradiol): After having a serious reaction to the estradiol patch, I switched to Evamist. As the literature states, it may take a few weeks to feel better. I have been on it one month now and feel much better than I did on the patch. I generally get only one hot flash per day and I can live with that. I had terrible heart palpitations on the patch. They have completely disappeared and I feel human again. To the previous poster that gave a 1 rating, you may have to give it more time. I know when you feel crummy, a few weeks can feel like a lifetime, but using something one week is not enough. See if you can stick with it for a few weeks. My OB told me that you really can't judge how it is working until you have been on it one month. I use three sprays
Evamist (estradiol): After all the unpleasant, typical, menopausal side effects my MD decided to try "Evamist"....One spray each night. So after 1 week I noticed my hot flashes were way worse and I felt really awful. Took me 3 or 4 days to get back to "normal". Now after suffering for another few months I decided to try it again. Only this time start with a smaller dose. I'd spray it on and immediately rub off half of it, before it dried. Same reaction as the first try. What a bummer...Any suggestions now? I have tried every pill, cream, gel, and accupuncture, herbs, and homeopathy treatments with worse side effects than the originals...8 years of suffering. What next?
Climara (estradiol): I have used 0.75 patch for 6 years. To make it stick better, rub your skin with alcohol and let dry. Press on for ~20-30 secs. Really the only thing I find frustrating is the fact that by the 5th day my body is clearly not getting as much medicine, and I start having body symptoms to parallel this. Also have very sore knots in my breasts, especially the first few days. But other than this, it has been a life-saver since I have post surgical menopause.
10 users found this comment helpful.
Evamist (estradiol): A month ago I had a hysterectomy. The hot flashes started immediately. After 3 weeks of it the doctor gave me Evamist wish I had talked with him sooner. What a wonderful life saver it is. Hot flashes are down to a minimum so I can at least sleep at night and breakout into dripping sweats at the office.
Elestrin (estradiol): Been using for 2 weeks straight now and it seems to be controlling the hot flashes during the day. I am still experiencing the night sweats, but I want to give a couple more weeks to fully get into my system.
14 users found this comment helpful.
Estradiol G GAM (estradiol): I use the vaginal cream. I started it a couple of years ago for vaginal dryness during the menopause transition. I was not properly advised about the dosage - which I had stepped down to 2mg twice a week, and started to menstruate again. Many tests later, it was determined I was using too high a dose. I stopped for 4 months or so, but have recently restarted, at a lower dose. The dryness has improved, but my hot flashes are back. They had subsided when I wasn't using it.
estradiol: After using another HRT after my total hysterectomy, I went without for 5 years. The hot flashes and night sweats were really bad. So I asked my doctor for a LOWER dose and the night sweats are gone, but breast tenderness is bothersome, as is the staining of the clothes. I haven't felt anymore energy than I had before.
Evamist (estradiol): Thanks for everyone's reviews. I have been suffering through so many of the same menopausal symptoms. Had Doctor's appointment today and just cannot take it any longer. Hot flashes, no sleep, irritability, anxiety, heart palpitations and many more. Excited to give estradiol (mist-spray form) and Prometrium a try...wish me luck.
13 users found this comment helpful.
Femring (estradiol): It's the best thing since sliced bread. I don't feel it, think about it, only change it every three months. My only problem is the cost - very expensive and my insurance pays nothing on it!
10 users found this comment helpful.
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