KatieS wrote:When my pharmacy switched me from Vivelle to the generic estradiol patch by Sandoz, I anticipated more problems keeping the patch on, but the opposite occurred. Now I can swim three hours a week, sauna, sweat, tight jeans, etc...and the patch never comes loose. I'm delighted that I no longer have to tape or remove the patch before swimming. I apply on my outer fatty part of the buttocks as fat might modulate the absorption rate (?)
Betty I am on a 50mcg patch. I anchor it with Tegaderm to stop my jeans from rubbing it off. I go in my hot tub most days. I test in the middle or end of the 3 1/2 day patch life and my levels range between my 150 and 200picomols. (about 40 to 60 of your units). I'm happy with the bit of variation. I dont think its necessary to have to achieve a rigidly set blood level.Bettylacy wrote:Katie and Stavia- This is an important discussion on hormones. Having been to 2 of Anne Hathaway's lectures this year, I'm committed to getting my hormonal health optimized and it is far from that. I've been using transdermal cream and from the sounds of your discussion this is one reason my hormones are low, so I think I should go on the patch. My only reticence was headaches and Estrogen dominance years ago despite Progesterone. Can you 2 tell me your doses, please. i am leaning into using the Sandoz patch because I too swim, sauna and hot tub 2-3 Xs /week and wear tight jeans, and bike. I am sensitive to latex tho, so will have to see if that is a problem. Once I begin how many weeks do I need to wait till I can check my blood level? Oh and when do I test blood with a patch?
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