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Anyone taking Elleste duet?

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DressDownFriday Mon 21-May-12 12:56:12

I've been to the doctors today for my blood test results and been told the menopause is here sad.

I've got a prescription for Elleste 1mg - anyone out there taking it?

Would like to know your experiences, good or bad.


mufassa69 Mon 18-Apr-16 17:22:33

Have been on elleste 8days now and have found some comfort reading these messages. I am however having quite bad headaches. I did have them before so can't say if it is the hrt or not. I had all the same doubts as everyone else, but was desperate for some help as I knew things were changing for me massively. Periods are still random but my blood test did show I was menopausal, although I think we all know ourselves that changes are occurring. I have 6 months supply, so I have to give it a go to see if there is any change.....especially as I've become so listless and miserable, no-one wants to feel like that. Everyone is different and has different levels of symptoms, but like someone else said my doctor was concerned that being 46, my bones needed protecting. I have two boys, the youngest being 12, and feel I should look after myself and listen to the doctor, who has many women with identical symptoms through her door every day and has more experience. In difficult times, you have to trust someone.

Runtoyou Tue 08-Mar-16 18:43:37

Polly thanks for your reply it's very helpful. I've got an appointment with my doctor in a couple of weeks but not sure whether I will go now.

Runtoyou Tue 08-Mar-16 18:40:10

Clippityclop I've just come back to this thread and am very happy to report that after longer on the Elleste Duet, things have definitely improvedsmileI'm no longer having any hot flushes, I'm sleeping much better and I'm happier. The progesterone does seem to have a slightly flattening effect on my mood but only towards the end of the tablets. Overall I'm glad I've decided to take the tablets. It's worth keeping going.

clippityclop Sat 27-Feb-16 17:54:23

Can I join you? After struggling with night sweats, unusual lower back pain, other aching joints, tiredness and horrible low mood I've been prescribed Elleste Duet 1mg. I've put it off for a couple of months because reading the leaflet worried me and I though try I was doing OK on Menopace, evening promise and B12. However after three days of feeling dreadful, ready to pack-my-bags type not coping (had one with Dd2)and then starting the heaviest period in ages I've decided to go for it. My mum had osteoporosis so that's another good reason to take it although she smoked, and also had a very different diet. Now having read a lot if this thread I'm concerned because some are reporting side effects similar to my original symptoms. I just want to feel like me again. I'm not overweight, don't do 'organised'excercise but get a 20min walk in every day and don't sit about much and only have a glass of wine once/twice a week and eat a very healthy diet. Does anyone have a similar experience who's been helped by Elleste?

PollyPerky Sun 21-Feb-16 13:35:08

Run I don't know whether you saw your dr and go any answers, but you might be heartened to know that at least 1:4 women use vaginal oestrogen as well as systemic HRT. It's not a case of 1 or the other.

taralewis295 Sun 21-Feb-16 10:38:12

Hi there I have just started on my first pack , meda , elleste Duet conti tablets for HRT 2mg , and experience weight gain does this go away through time , or does it continue as long as you are on these tablets ,I feel normal again , apart from the weight gain many thanks

Runtoyou Sat 13-Feb-16 11:00:53

I should've mentioned I'm taking the 1mg Elleste Duet.

Runtoyou Sat 13-Feb-16 10:56:38

Hi I've just started with Elleste Duet and am on day two of the green tablets. I was actually dreading taking the green as have read people's bad experiences of depression whilst on them. It's probably early days for me but so far I feel better than when I was taking the oestrogen (white) tablets which seemed to make me a bit weepy and anxious. Anyone else experienced the same? The only concern I have about taking the green progesterone tablets is if my vaginal dryness will return as prior to starting HRT orally I was using topical vaginal oestrogen twice a week. I was wondering if it's safe to use this occasionally whilst in the progesterone phase?
Will probably have a chat with my doctor next week.

Dawesl Sat 16-Jan-16 13:16:25

I have been taking Elleste Duet Conti from my late forties and am now 62. I took it to reduce depression and initial symptoms of menopause (had just started having occasional night sweats). Not experienced any noticeable side effects. Haven't suffered any menopausal symptons whilst on it.
It has worked very well for me. I am now considering gradually reducing to come off it only because I have been on it so long. Not sure if my depression will return or if I will get other symptons so will see. If so I will go back on it and remain on it for as long as it makes me feel well. Do look at forums in relation to coming off it as some people have had problems with menopausal symptoms returning if coming off too quickly or if been on it for a long time before you decide. It was certainly the right solution for me. Good luck with your decision.

wtffgs Sun 25-Oct-15 11:10:25

Well that's random blush Ressucitating an old thread!

wtffgs Sun 25-Oct-15 11:09:13

I took it. It made me very nauseous. One good tip from my sister was to take the progesterone tablet at night( the green one). I moved on to progynova which reduces the nausea.

Starrynight48 Tue 10-Feb-15 23:54:14

Thanks Pinkfrocks, am half way through the green now & the hot flushes are on,y twice a day so I can cope with that! I think you're right about the progesterone and body temperature having looked into it a bit more. Still feel like bad PMT but knowing it's coming will help! Hopefully I will have a bleed soon and that will break the mood - fingers crossed, for my poor husband's sake!

pinkfrocks Sun 08-Feb-15 14:18:40

Is there a leaflet in the box/packet? It might tell you more there.
It's exactly the same as with a natural cycle. You may have PMT right through to the end of the progestogens. I have no personal experience of those types of HRT but thought that you still took oestrogen right through the month even though you also took progestogens for part of it- what does the leaflet say about the ingredients?
The hot flush may be because progestogens tend to raise the body temperature slightly.

Starrynight48 Sun 08-Feb-15 12:44:47

I knew there was the difference but he didn't really tell me in any detail what it meant ( or I wasn't taking it in). I sort of expected the mood thing as other people have said so on here but my concern is how long it lasts- is it for the whole of the time taking the green ones , or until I bleed, and also I wasn't expecting the flushes to come back whilst on the green ones. Is that common too?

pinkfrocks Sun 08-Feb-15 11:21:18

Do you understand what is in each pack? Did your dr explain? The green tablets are the progesterone part of the cycle. They are a synthetic type of progesterone. You may find you get the usual PMT/PMS symptoms with them just as you might have in a natural cycle.

Starrynight48 Sun 08-Feb-15 10:55:31


I read this thread after the doctor talked to me about taking Elleste and it made my mind up for me, along with all the evidence about side effects at my age- 48 - being drastically reduced. So, I started taking Elleste , am on my first packet and have really felt the difference in mood, energy etc and my sleepless nights and hot flushes went after about ten days which was great. I'm on the 6th green one now and do feel like as soon as I finished the White ones my mood worsened and I did have a mild hot flush this morning - anyone know why this is? I have also been craving a lot of sweet stuff, bit like when I used to before my period was due.

For those on here worried about side effects and are still in their 40's, I think it's a no brainer as the side effects seem to be more related to taking this at a much later age. And I can honestly say, I feel so much better.

pinkfrocks Tue 16-Dec-14 13:57:00

what do you mean about weight gain? I've had no weight gain at all and have actually lost a bit.

Lexy08 Tue 16-Dec-14 12:30:09

Just started on Elestte Duo 1 mg, I have been taking it for 5 days. I am 53 and my symptoms of menopause severe, the worst being anxiety and feeling of dread and sadness, debated either anti depressants which Dr prescribed but after researching I decided hrt might help all round. How long before I should feel the benefit. Can anyone tell me about weight gain? - any advise appreciated

pinkfrocks Wed 24-Sep-14 14:29:41

sorry- went a bit odd there- are you eating and drinking any more than you used to, due to feeling better overall?

pinkfrocks Wed 24-Sep-14 14:29:08

It's possible you are on a too high dose.
Not sure what dose you are on?

I didn't start HRT until almost my mid 50s as had a lateish menopause and no symptoms before, really.

If you are still very much peri then you may simply be using too much oestrogen as your body will still be making some of its own. I'm sure that when I started with HRT I had next to no oestrogen left and have stuck with a low dose of between 1-1.5mgs.

Also. taking pill form you need a higher dose as some is lost in digestion, so it's better and safer to use patches or gel- with gel you can adapt the dose from the absolute minimum to the maximum- depending on your symptoms though you need to give each dose a good 2-3 weeks to settle.

Are you ? some women blame HRT but their new joie de vivre means they are actually enjoying life more and eating /drinking more.

Freed0m Wed 24-Sep-14 13:09:20

I'm 48, had horrendous hormonal migraines all my life. I was peri menopausal, periods 3 weeks apart, heavy and left me grossly anaemic. Night sweats, tiredness, brain fuzz. Didn't realise how awful I'd felt for two years... Until a week after I began Elleste duet.
I've been on it for 6 months now, migraines all but stopped, periods every 28 days again, actually lighter and shorter now. Felt alive and plugged in again, also so chilled. Downsides,I have put on a stone in weight ( been skinny all my life) my boobs have increased by 4 cup sizes! My BP, shot up, so had to increase meds. My libido is non existent or my arousal is dampened and orgasm elusive ( sorry to be blunt), I've also in the last month developed terrible PMT symptoms.
Can anyone relate? I'm not sure, as my own hormones decline, if I need a different type/ or dose? Or if the current dose is fine but need testosterone ( won't that make me aggressive and hairy?

DayLillie Sun 21-Sep-14 17:19:49

Don't worry if it does not work out - if it starts off fine, then goes back to what it was, you may need a higher dose. You tend to be started on the lowest dose.

I am trying a pill with a different sort of progesterone and so far it is better.

manickmum Sun 21-Sep-14 10:22:34

Hi so glad smile I came across this site as i searched for more info on elleste duet ..I am 49 and i am on day 4 of elleste ,after trying natural remedies for the worst flushes, I also suffer from chronic pain due to fibomyalgia and cfs so could not cope with the extra pains and swelling in my hand and joints ,i am hoping some of the extra swelling and pain will subside along with the flushes ,I already feel a change in my mood I just feel happier but after reading some of the comments about the green pills I am a little worried in case i have a bad experience also as my poor family have enough cope with already supporting me with my fibromyalgia ... hopefully i won't turn into some rageing monster ..

banshee68 Mon 15-Sep-14 15:28:40

thank god for HRT.......never felt so low in my entire life. Still have bad days but not as many as before, was horrendous. Was worried about the green pills as heard negative feedback on them, however, i seem to get on with them way better than the white pills, suppose i need progesterone more than i need estragen....who knew. In all seriousness though, the menopause sucks.....big time, its been a living hell!! x

Hopefulhippy Sat 06-Sep-14 12:58:51

Hi have posted a couple if messages in here before but do t know if I'm actually doing it right! Anyway have been reading a lot if people's posts about the elleste duet and you all seem to be taking 2 different colour pills! I am just on the one pill and it's called elleste duet conti. Ok so it started to work towards the end if my first month and I'm now in my second month and the night sweats have returned with a vengeance! It's driving me mad! Am wondering if it's because I started the menapause very early 39 and am now 52 and have only just started taking HRT! Any help or advice would be much appreciated sad

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