Oestradiol Gel

by Anni Hudson
(Adelaide, South Australia)

I had a full hysterectomy 10 years ago, had implants for a few years, stopped but the symptoms were too severe to ignore. I then went onto "Femigel" which is an Oestradiol Gel for a few years now.

It did help with the mood swings and most of the hot flushes. However, I picked up some weight and have been trying to lose some weight for quite some time now and have not been able to do so. I jog/walk 4 times a week for 45min to an hour a day, have tried the gym for a year with no success. Does this have anything to do with my hormones and possible Progesterone levels and how can I have it checked to be certain?

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Feb 20, 2011
Oestradiol Gel
by: Wray

Hi Anni It's a pity they never think of replacing the progesterone after a hyst. This also drops, far more than oestrogen does. Oestrogen is a mitogen, it stimulates cells to divide and multiply, including fat cells. As these are also a non-ovarian source of oestrogen, a vicious cycle starts, hence the weight gain. Oestrogen also causes Insulin Resistance which causes weight gain. Impossible to to loose too, unless reversed. Oestrogen is an excitatory hormone, without progesterone to counter this, it continues to stimulate. I don't believe anyone needs more, we have far too much as it is. There are over 100 oestrogen mimics on the planet now, for more info see the website Our Stolen Future. If you should consider progesterone, please make sure it's one which is absorbed well, troches are favoured in Australia, and they are not the best Delivery system. I recommend 100-200mg/day progesterone, dependant on symptoms. As you are now in Menopause please read through this page for more info on how to use it. Oestrogen Dominance can occur when first starting it, so please read through this page too. If you choose to go off the oestrogen, it's best to reduce slowly. We do have a page on this, see Coming off HRT. The weight gain and insulin resistance can be caused by a lack of vitamin D. As you live in Australia with their 'avoid the sun' policy, you probably have a low level of vitamin D, as most Australians do. Please have a test done, for more info see the Vitamin D council and GrassrootsHealth websites. You might be interested in these papers too, see here, here, here and here. It is possible to have hormone levels checked, most pathology labs do them. This is the only one I know in Australia, see here. Take care Wray

Nov 01, 2011
Still got my Ovaries
by: Diana

Can I use this gel? My hotflushes and nightsweat is terrible and my sister gave me some to try and it seems to me that help a lot. I am 55 years.

Dec 11, 2011
oestradiol implants available
by: Antony Condina

Hi Anni and everyone else
The green Dispensary Compounding Pharmacy in Norwood South Australia compounds the sterile oestradiol implants. 46 Beulah Rd Norwood SA 5067
phone 0883637322 compounding@greendispensary.com

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