Atrophy

by Julia
(UK)

I am 56 years old and have been using Natpro for 7 years with great success until recently. I have been diagnosed with uterine and vaginal atrophy plus some mild urinary stress incontinence.

I started to have a bit of spotting after not bleeding for years and then vaginitis. After a hysteroscopy they discovered the lining of my womb was very, very thin as well as my vagina. Sex is painful. I was prescribed Vagigem which made me feel awful and then Ovestin which also made me feel awful - bloating, abdo pain especially my sides and feeling like I have PMT and very irritable and weepy. When I stop the Ovestin I feel better but end up with a dry vagina and no sex. I usually use about a quarter (1/4) of Natpro once in the morning and once in the evening. Should I increase this? Or is there anything else I should be doing to get rid of the atrophy? Any suggestions much appreciated.

I also posted the above on one of the comments pages by mistake!

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Jul 20, 2010
Atrophy
by: Wray

Hi Julia Vaginal atrophy is a problem after menopause. The Vagigem is oestradiol which I would not recommend, but the Ovestin is oestriol, normally regarded as a better form of oestrogen. Although one of our readers reported getting endometrial cancer from using it. So I'm relieved you reacted badly to them both! Which only leaves progesterone. Many women use this directly in the vagina, I do, so I would ask you to consider this too. Initially I suggest you use 1/2tsp there each night, adding another 1/2tsp elsewhere in the morning. Progesterone is an anti-inflammatory so does help, but healing needs to take place before any sex is contemplated. The 1tsp I'm suggesting will give your body a boost too, as you'll be getting about 170mg/day progesterone. I find I can't do with less. As you could react to the higher amount of progesterone, please read our page on Oestrogen Dominance, this can occur when increasing the amount, and can be disconcerting. Take care Wray

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