In mid November 2012 I wanted to stop using my patches and start using Yam cream. So over a period of 3 months I began to reduce my patches, first I cut my patch in half for 6wks and then 1/4 for 6wks and then I no longer used them. At the same time I began to use the yam cream. I was feeling quite good, no mood swings, no head 😀 aches and full of energy. I’m soooo happy to come off the HRT.
I have in the past suffered with lumpy breast. On discovering the lumps it is then a visit to the doctor who then sends me off to have a mammogram and Ultrasounds who then refers me onto the breast clinic where I have had to have fine needle aspirations. Yuck!!!
This always brings with it the worry of breast cancer. (not fun)!!!! The end results have always been no cancer just a Cyst. (A big sigh of relief).
I have mammograms and ultra sounds on a regular basis.
I have just started on patches and I have notice my breasts become tender, so it’s off to my menopause doctor to tweak my hormones.
I remember Dr Margaret Smith telling me that breast tenderness doesn’t increase the risk of breast cancer, but Estrogen’s do make cells grow and divide, so any existing cancer that is estrogen sensitive may grow more rapidly when exposed to estrogen therapy. So its best to avoid over stimulating the breast with hormones.
If you experience breast tenderness while taking HRT go see your doctor to tweak your hormones. If you do this and have regular mammograms and ultra sounds this will help keep on top of any changes that take place.
How funny is this!!!
I put my new estrogen patch on this morning before setting of for work and around lunch time I suddenly realised that I hadn’t taken off my old patch. Woohoo a double shot of hormones for the day. lol
Best not tell Peter, he says at times “Can you wear 2 patches please”. (Funny man).
The funny thing is that today I think they came in very useful as my car broke down during work time. It took the RAC 70 mins to get to me only to tell me my car needs to be towed and it would take 90 mins for the tow truck to get to me!!!
What a start to the week, I could off cried and been depressed about the whole situation but not today I felt quite chirpy & relaxed. Thank God for 2patches I say!!!!!
When discussing HRT with Dr Margaret Smith some years ago she was quite annoyed at the facts of a report that was being put out to women.
These facts caused a great number of women worldwide to become scared and to cease taking HRT. I just came across an article in regards to this showing how evidents have changed and showing the benefits in taking HRT.
July 20, 2012, Today Tonight, Channel 7
A decade ago women around the world were told the key treatment for menopause was putting them at high risk of cancer, and as a result doctors stopped recommending HRT.
It is now clear that using HRT for relief of menopausal symptoms around the time of a woman’s last menstrual period is effective and saf
Hormone Replacement Therapy 10 years on from WHI:
Statement from Jean Hailes for Women’s Health, 22 May 2012:
A comprehensive review of evidence surrounding the risks and benefits of hormone replacement therapy (HRT) for menopausal women was published by Climacteric, the official journal of the International Menopause Society, online on Tuesday 22 May 2012.
Articles by some of the world’s leading experts in the field show how evidence has changed in the ten years since the first Women’s Health Initiative (WHI) report caused a dramatic drop in HRT use worldwide. The 2002 WHI study found that risks associated with HRT outweighed its benefits in older women (on average 12 years past menopause), who are already at high risk of cardiovascular disease and other health problems.
It is now clear that “classical use of HRT” – i.e. for relief of menopausal symptoms around the time of a woman’s last menstrual period – is effective and safe. For otherwise healthy women suffering debilitating symptoms around the time of menopause, the benefits of taking HRT significantly outweigh the risks. These benefits include not only relief of menopausal symptoms such as hot flushes and vaginal atrophy, but also improvements in bone strength (women who ceased their HRT after the 2002 WHI report significantly increased their risk of bone fractures) and lasting reductions in risks of diabetes, heart disease and various cancers.
Jean Hailes for Women’s Health was founded to provide women with practical information based on the best available evidence. Professor Henry Burger, a founding director of Jean Hailes and a former president of both the Australasian Menopause Society (AMS) and the International Menopause Society (IMS), says “The IMS statement confirms and summarises publications coming from many bodies – such as the Australasian, North American and European Menopause Societies, the US Endocrine Society and Jean Hailes – that emphasise the safety and efficacy of HRT for the management of symptomatic peri- and post-menopausal women. The benefits are substantial and the risks minimal in such women.”
To help find a Menopausal doctor in Australia you can go to the ‘Australasian Menopause Society’.
You will find lots of great info on this site.
Click here to see a state by state list of doctors – Australasian Menopause Society