On 28th August I went to Nick Pannay’s gynae clinic at the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital (great hospital BTW). I was finally referred there by my GP after trying lots of different options over the last few years. I had been on HRT patches (Evorel Sequi) for a while but I felt they weren’t quite doing it for me.
I saw a registrar called Dr Marie-Odile Gerval and it was BRILLIANT.
We went through my menopause history and the usual health checks.
Drink alcohol? nope never??!!! nope 🙂
She went through my symptoms and then explained that they use Bio-identicals and would I like to try them. Oh yes please !! She asked if I would like to try the Mirena coil but I don’t feel comfortable with a foreign object in my womb. She ordered full blood tests, including thyroid and vitamin D, wrote to my GP suggesting a pelvic scan and a DEXA bone scan which I had done on the same day.
My new prescription
- Sandrena Estrogen gel to be applied daily to inner thighs (changing legs each day)
- Utrogestran Micronised progesterone tablets to be taken before bed (helps sleep)
- Vagifem – Estrogen pessary to help with vaginal/anal dryness and to improve the delicate vaginal tissues (every night for 14 nights then 2-3 per week)
- Testim testosterone gel – one tube to last 10 days
Yikes !!! It seemed like a lot to remember but I soon got used to it. I felt slight dizzyness for the first week as my body got used to the new hormones. I felt much better, no more tears ad my moods felt much more stable. The only thing I have are sore, bigger boobs. Now I don’t mind the bigger boobs but not so keen on the soreness.
Today 1st October I’m into my 5th week on the new HRT and I’m feeling ok. energy is much improved and the dryness has gone. My libido has taken on an all time high which I’m making the most of 😉
I started to bleed slightly on 27th Sept and this has turned into a break through bleed which shouldn’t have happened as I am not taking the hormones cyclically but I was 12 hours late with my estrogen gel so perhaps this created a bleed. I’m not too worried as if my body needed to bleed ten that’s fine by me.
I’m off to see my GP today for a check up, book pelvic scan and give her an update about my sore boobs. T x
ps I had a bit of an ‘ah-ha’ a few weeks ago……because of the dramatic highs and low’s I’ve been experiencing over the last few yeas I had been blaming everything on ‘my hormones’
Feeling tired? – must be my hormones
Don’t fancy sex? must be my hormones
Put on weight? ^^^^^
Lost my zest for life ^^^^
Now this is true to a certain extent but what I suddenly realised (duh) is that sometimes life gets in the way and sometimes we feel like shit. And that’s ok because it passes (usually).
Sometimes it’s not just my hormones, maybe i need more sleep, to talk to someone, a hug, a day off, more exercise, less exercise, more veggies, less sugar etc etc…….