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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.


DressDownFriday Mon 21-May-12 18:44:44

Bumping for the evening crowd.

ElectricSoftParade Mon 21-May-12 18:49:27

Sorry have no advice for you as am having my blood test tomorrow. Is Elleste HRT?

DressDownFriday Mon 21-May-12 18:53:47

Yes HRT. I was undecided about taking it but due to being only 44 the doctor was recommending it.

I wondered how others had got on with it.

ElectricSoftParade Mon 21-May-12 18:55:02

Ah, am 43 and the GP said if it is positive I would need to take HRT. Frankly, if it makes me feel a bit more normal, I'm in!

DressDownFriday Mon 21-May-12 19:14:32

I've been up and down - sweats, moods, sleepless nights - so hopefully this will even things out for me.

woollylamb Mon 21-May-12 19:18:12

My experience of this drug is very positive. I'm 54 and started on it about two years ago to help with hot flushes and migraines.

DressDownFriday Mon 21-May-12 20:32:30

Thanks for the reply woollylamb - glad it helped you.

KT12 Tue 22-May-12 21:07:09

I would not rush into anything if you are able to...I had my last period in Jan this year and with this had the most horrendous hot flushes, night sweats and insomnia. Being undecided about hrt I starting to research alternatives which took a bit of time, only to find a few months down the line, the flushes and night sweats are no more - fingers crossed they won't return. I have read somewhere that taking hrt simply delays symptoms and as soon as you stop taking it the symptoms return. So if at all possible give it a few months and see what your body does...I am 48 btw and have probably been peri menopausal for the last 3 or 4 years - only symptom shortened cycles.

I am now so relieved I did not rush into any kind of drug and a friend gave me a great tip every time I felt a flush come on, just to think of it as a power helped me stop feeling embarrassed.

Good luck with whatever you choose...

ElectricSoftParade Thu 24-May-12 07:39:30

Well, I had my results yesterday and I have started the menopause. I am seeing my GP next week re: HRT at his suggestion. However, I will spend the remaining time Googling think about not taking it as DressDownFriday suggests.

Feel a bit miserable really. Think it has just made me think well that's it then. I know its not but still a bit sad.

ElectricSoftParade Thu 24-May-12 07:41:09

Sorry that should have been KT12. Bah!

KT12 Thu 24-May-12 08:15:35

Electric - I think your feelings are very normal - I too grieved the loss of my periods - a bit crazy because I so often cursed them!! But to me it felt as if I was losing an aspect of my womanhood - but life goes on and I just reminded myself that every woman goes through this stage at some time or another...

I did not find any alternatives to hrt - even the 'natural' alternatives had very mixed reviews and had side effects I was not keen on...just remember there are millions of women who are going though the menopause with you! It's not an affliction (even though it feels a bit like one) it is just a stage of life...

ElectricSoftParade Thu 24-May-12 19:34:59

Thanks KT12, have had a mopey day but will perk up tomorrow <fingers crossed>.

How are you doing DressDownFriday?

DressDownFriday Thu 24-May-12 22:46:20

Hi. Thanks for the replies.

I've been googling non stop and I'm still undecided what to do.

I'm not particularly bothered about the menopause as I've been having symptoms for the last year or so and had a feeling it was coming.

I feel fine at the moment and don't want to start the tablets in case they cause problems. Think I've been reading to many forums.

Hope you perk up soon electric

DressDownFriday Thu 24-May-12 22:47:58

Forgot to say - the reason I'm dithering is the possible effects on my bones if I don't take them.

ameliagrey Sun 27-May-12 18:11:31

If you are only 44 it's a no brainer really. You should take HRT if you are 44. Replacing it now will simply give you what you would normally have if you had reached meno at the "average" age of 52. without it your bones are at risk.

FriedSprout Sun 27-May-12 19:01:00

Hi, I am on Elleste Duet 1mg.

I had a very early menopause in my thirties, but put off going on hrt because I think I was in denial – if that makes sense.
I suffered dreadful day-time sweats, mood swings, dry hair, dry skin, no sex-drive, lack of energy etc. I put up with this much longer than I should when my gp said that in my case, hrt was only replacing what should be in my body at this age anyway, and the fact that it wasn’t could lead to more problems, issues with bones etc. This out-weighed the risks, which anyway were higher in the group of people that were on hrt when they were past the usual age when menopause starts – does that make sense?
I wish I had gone on alot earlier, but have found that all of the above have improved a lot grin
If you are on the Elleste Duet, this enable you to have a monthly bleed, which helps make me feel more normal, but does mean that you pay double for the packet as it involves two different tablets angry

scaredycat12 Sun 27-May-12 20:50:09

I also had an early menopause at 39 and put off taking HRT as i needed to get my head round it. But I have now been taking it for a year and feel so much better - more energy, better mood. But I actually had a very symptom free menopause so got off lightly apart from it being about 15 years too early!

I took HRT for my bones - oestrogen keeps bones strong. Before menopause your bones lose around 0.5% density per year. After menopause it can be 2% loss per year. I can't afford to ignore that.

I only ever read about Elleste Duet on here but I take Premique which is only one prescrition charge but means no periods and it's made from horse urine (barf!)

PoshPenny Tue 29-May-12 22:09:48

Just on my 3rd pack of the stuff. Have been to GP today and have a further 3 months supply. I don't think I've settled down completely yet, but I am feeling oh so much better than I did before I started to take it. Periods are still a bit haywire, and I was dreadfully low (suicidal thoughts) by the time I finished the first pack, then perked up once back just on oestrogen. Luckily no repeat of that last month. So today we decided a bit longer was required before we considered any tweaking. Hot flushes gone and I am sleeping better.

I am 47 if of interest. I didn't realise just how bad I was feeling until I started on Elleste and began to feel better. I feel I am in control of my life again. I would say its a good 2 years since I last felt as well as I do now.

PoshPenny Tue 29-May-12 22:11:50

Forgot to add my moods were appalling too, now I'm pretty laid back. Good luck, I hope it puts you back on a more even keel.

DressDownFriday Wed 30-May-12 07:28:32

Thanks for the ongoing replies.

I'm going on a 2 week holiday in August. I've decided to start taking them after I get back just in case I have any "teething" problems.

I am worried about starting the tablets for reasons PoshPenny mentioned.

If it wasn't for the health of my bones I wouldn't take them as I'm not having any symptoms at the moment and the lack of periods is great.

Mrsrobertduvall Wed 30-May-12 08:48:01

I've been on it for 3 years. It instantly transformed me from a miserable shrieking harpy to a fairly normal 52 year old woman. A bit of a bugger about paying double for it, but a small price to pay for sanity.

No weight gain..but I'm exercising and have actually lost nearly a stone.

DressDownFriday Wed 30-May-12 09:03:36

MrsRD did you have any initial problems with taking it?

Well done with the weight loss btw.

Mrsrobertduvall Wed 30-May-12 10:00:12

None at all.
Within 3 days I felt so much better.

songbird246 Wed 30-May-12 13:40:01

I've joined as you are all talking about Elleste Duet to ask if anyone has come off it suddenly and experienced weight gain immediately. Can you let me know. I came off it because I was having surgery, approximately 4 weeks ago and I can physically feel my clothes getting smaller - has anyone else experienced this?

ElectricSoftParade Wed 30-May-12 22:39:46

Hello all, saw my GP today and was prescribed Climagest. Took my first this evening and feel a bit sad but hopefully won't feel that way too much longer.

Hope you are all doing well, ESP

DressDownFriday Thu 31-May-12 09:50:42

ESP keep us updated as to how you are feeling.

I'm back at doctors today for another blood test - they noticed my white blood cells were low on my previous test so require another one to double check.

I was speaking to a friend yesterday who has also started menopause. She is 39 and been prescribed a non bleed HRT (can't remember the name) so I'm going to ask about this when I go this afternoon. She has only been taking it for a few days but feels miles better in her joints and sleeping and as I suffer both, I may start on the tablets sooner than planned. I put joint pain and not sleeping down to old age so maybe the tablets will help.

ElectricSoftParade Sun 03-Jun-12 17:04:14

My kettle has stopped working today. I have been sobbing, sobbing and then sobbing some more.

I am not sure HRT is helping, at least emotionally.

DressDownFriday Sun 03-Jun-12 19:16:48

ESP ah you poor thing - perhaps it may take a little while to settle down. I'm guessing you're going to have to stick with it and see what happens.

I'm going to start mine tomorrow (dates worked out so no bleeding on summer hols). God, I hope I get on ok. We're away for a few days so can really do without any adverse effects.

I hope you get onto an even keel soon. Stick with it and let me know how you're getting on.

ElectricSoftParade Wed 06-Jun-12 07:24:34

Well, yesterday I did not have one sweat and I slept all last night only waking up twice and going back to sleep.

Compared to Sunday I feel different. I think I may start to love HRT. <emotions, as well as hormones, all over the place>

Hope you are all doing well, ESP

DressDownFriday Sat 09-Jun-12 15:23:18

ESP glad you're feeling so much better smile

I thought I would give an update for anyone who has been prescribed these tablets;

Well, I've been taking mine since Monday and feel soooooo much better. My mood has lifted, aching joints have gone and I don't have that constant exhausted feeling.

I am having mild, warm - not hot - flushes but hopefully these will disappear once the tablets have settled in. (My hot flushes had disppeared a couple of months before taking the tablets.)

Thinking about it, my joints had been a problem for the last 2/3 years - I even went to the doctors about my joints but nothing was found (obviously not looking for menopause) and it was around this time that my periods were being very heavy and erratic. With hindsight, if I had linked the 2 together, my hormones could have been tested then and my problems could have been sorted sooner. I put it all down to old age sad.

MrsB1 Wed 13-Jun-12 00:00:05

I am almost at the nd of my 2nd month on Elleste duet. I can honestly say that within a week of starting on it my life has been transformed. Hot sweats ? what are they ? I am getting quality sleep which has made a huge difference. After having only 1 period in the last year the monthly bleed was a bit of a bummer-very heavy but I coped. Still getting some mood swings and anger outbursts but I am beginning to seriously think that these may be generally stress r and depression related and am going to investigate that. I put off HRT for over 2 years but wish I had done it sooner !!

restassured Fri 15-Jun-12 11:25:10

I've just been down to the docs, because I'm 45 and not had a period since January, with little hot flushes throughout the day, and waking up in the night with them. Just as DD started to sleep through the night, and I was looking forward to getting a decent sleep myself, this starts!!

Anyway - had put off doing to the docs for a couple of years (knew this was coming) because I'd had three miscarriages before DD, and so desperately wanted another child, but I'm 45 now, and I have to accept that it's just not going to happen....

Got Elleste Duet, and a bit sad because I guess you can't get pregnant on HRT? Stupidly still hoping against hope.

Just want to feel better really and have someone tell me I've done the right thing.....

PorkyandBess Fri 15-Jun-12 11:31:03

Another early meno here.

I've been on it for a year and I think it's great. Alleviated all of my symptoms within days and I feel completely back to normal.

I am a fan of the white pills, I wish I could have them all month. When I start on the green ones, I feel my mood worsens!

ElectricSoftParade Fri 15-Jun-12 14:29:42

My moods have definately balanced out and am not having many flushes at all, about 1-2 per day. This is brilliant.

The most noticable side-effect is that my breasts have grown hmm. Sadly, so has my backside and stomach. I must say, after a wobbly start I am really feeling more myself than I have done for a long time. Long may it last!

restassured My GP told me that I would have periods and there was a very, very small chance I could conceive. Not sure if that helps but hope you are doing ok, ESP

Thekentess Wed 15-Aug-12 19:10:29

Just started Elleste Duet 1mg on Monday after 2years of alternative treatments.
Praying for some sleep very soon and sweat free days!
I've had lots of reservations about HRT but was at the stage where I had to do something!

Blackcatperson Mon 20-Aug-12 09:18:38

I started taking Elleste duet on my 52nd birthday, a month ago. I was totally exhausted after sleepless nights, hot flushes and migraines were taking over my life. I felt so I'll. Originally I held off HRT because of the risk of breast cancer. ( two people I know have had it in the last 2 years) and because I hadn't been bleed free for a year. We then went on a weeks holiday. My hot flushes stopped in the first few days of my holiday, then I found I could sleep through the night for the first time in years. My head cleared and felt so different. No migraines.I could buy food and actually know what to do with it! I was so looking forward to leading a normal life again, and realised I haven't been well for a couple of years. Wish i'd been given it ages ago. Unfortunately, it has come too late for me, as when we got back from holiday my husband said he coldn't cope, and has left me after 25 years. I now have stomach pains and nausea every morning and loose bowels. Think this might be Elleste as it's every day.

MissBoPeep Mon 20-Aug-12 13:19:37

Blackcat- just to say so sorry about your DH- what a cad.
I suspect he was looking for a reason to leave and your meno gave him that "excuse".

Your digestive symptoms sound much more like anxiety and emotional based (IBS?)considering what you have been through.

Good luck.

Gortex2 Tue 21-Aug-12 22:50:45

Hi all. Just registered with the site today. I'm 47. Just started on Elleste Duet 1mg today, after experiencing nearly EVERY symptom of menopause for the last couple of years... some of them longer... got to the stage where I was awake more than I was asleep at night due to on/off duvet/sweating. Daytime too. Saw doc a month ago & she recommended www. (it's the one they use themselves to get the quickest up-to-date thinking on the subject!) A great site. Answers the questions you want to ask the GP but can't cover in the short appointment time available. Great prep for when you visit next time. Any old hoo, I'll keep you posted on how it goes.....wink

Bellaciao Wed 22-Aug-12 17:30:40

Balckcat - some women do report digestive problems with oral HRT. If there is no other cause and it continues then go back to the doc and ask for transdermal HRT ( patch or gel) as it doesn;t have to go through the digestive system.

Allk the different types are listed on the site recommended by gortex2. This takes you straight to the different types for peri-meno (not bleed free for a year)

As you can see there is not much choice of patch though. I use Estradot and seperate progesterone (Utrogestan).

Sorry to hear about your husband too....

MrsB21 Thu 23-Aug-12 17:33:38

Hello, Ive just joined today. Looking for advice too. I started on Elleste solo 1mg just over 2 weeks ago, I havent bled since before xmas but now ive been bleeding for 2 days, im bloated and feel exhausted. I also got a merena coil fitted as i didnt want the hrt duo as this would give me a period. This is my 2nd merena...i 46. Will the bleeding stop or is this going to be a regular visitor. Thanks Ellen, x

katieliza Sat 01-Sep-12 11:23:24

Hi everyone. I've just registered to add my two-pennorth. Having been on Elleste Duet for a year, I decided to come off it as I didn't like the heavy periods. Been off it for 2 weeks now and I'm making an appt with my GP on Monday to go straight back on it. When you're on it, you feel so normal (at least I did) that I thought it worth coming off and seeing if I was OK. Weird logic, I know. But because I felt so "normal" I'd forgotten the reasons I went on it. Really fast heart beat, sleeplessness, irritable, tired and really bad aching joints. But I've been given a rude reminder as they're all back with a vengeance. I'd much rather suffer a day of heavy bleeding and tummy pains than how I'm feeling at the moment. I think my husband will be glad when I go back on it as well!

Bellaciao Sun 02-Sep-12 10:02:32

Hi MrsB21 Did you have the Mirena originally for heavy periods or contraception? It may well be that the Mirena stopped your periods before because your own oestrogen was declining if you approaching menopause ( do you know if you are near menopause?). Now that you have added extra oestrogen you are stimulating the womb lining to grow again, so maybe the progestogen in the Mirena isn't sufficient to stop the bleeding yet. If you are still peri-menopause maybe you would be better off with a cyclical HRT then you would know when the bleeding would be? If your periods were heavy though - then heavy periods might return. How long have you had this new Mirena? I would defo have a word with your medic.

katieliza - that's just it! We often feel that taking HRT there will be no issues and we will feel perfectly well - but forgetting that actually throughout our fertile years when having periods - we felt rubbish for certain times in the month - so HRT is no different especially when you maintain the cycle. On balance though we should feel better on it - if the HRT type suits us - because the symptoms of oestrogen deficiency will not go away on their own!

If you are joining new places, you might like to have a look at a new menopause support forum with lots of information on HRT and a merry band of menopausal women there to give advice support and have a laugh with - you wil be assured of a warm welcome!

misspickle Fri 21-Sep-12 11:09:36


I am 43 and I have just been prescribed Elleste Duet 1mg for flushes/night sweats moods swings etc. My blood test a few months ago came back that I was perimenopausel . I am still having periods although I have not had one for a few months and they have been a bit erratic. Im sure the Dr said I was to start these the first day of my period but Im not sure when that will be. I am hesitant about taking these tablets but decided to try them as osteoporosis runs in the family. I have found this thread quite encouraging and it has made me realise that maybe some other symptoms I have are related to menopause rather than age i.e. sore knees etc. Fingers crossed these work and not too many side effects. Will keep you posted as to how I get on.

Sosi Wed 26-Sep-12 21:12:46

I have just been given Elleste duet today. I have been suffering really badly with joint and muscle pain and stiffness and extreme fatigue. I didn't expect this to be so bad as I have been very physically active most of my life but this has brought me to a standstill! The doctor wasn't sure HRT was going to help with the joints but from previous posts it looks possible. I have all the other symptoms too but being weak and stiff I feel about 90 years old. Is the HRT still helping you all with the joints problem

Bellaciao Thu 27-Sep-12 23:01:52

Hi Sosi
Can't really help with the joints thing but I do know of some women on another meno forum who have experience of this (joint and muscle pian etc) and HRT - so if you don't get help on here why not go and visit them here:

Ellu Tue 02-Oct-12 13:57:48

Hello dear Ladies,
I have just joined this thread and I hope it will help me to make my mind about Elleste Duet. I am 46 and I have been in the "dark place" for quite a while now: feeling down, no energy, no motivation, no sex drive. My period finished coming about 2 years ago and only now I have a box of Elleste Duet in front of me. The only thing what is holding me back, is the risk of cancer. Could somebody give me their point of view on this side effect of Elleste Duet? I want my normal life back and the joy of living it, but to me, cancer is too high price to pay for that. Please give me your advice how possible for it to happen with Elleste Duet. I am very grateful for your time in advance! thanks

Bellaciao Sun 07-Oct-12 18:24:33

Ellu - what sort of cancer are you worried about?

At 46 and with no periods for 2 years the benefits of taking oestrogen to protect your bones and a host of other unpleasant symptoms and conditions, far outweigh the risks.

Here is one comment quoted by the British Menopause Society which summarises current thinking:

"WHI researcher Professor Matthew Allison (University of California, San Diego), said:
“It is important to put the results of the WHI trials into context. That is, being obese, not exercising or excess alcohol consumption confer higher absolute risks for breast cancer than HT use.”

WHI was the large Women's Health Initiative study which produced the now flawed conclusions about the risks of HRT.

If I were you I would take it like a shot. The only thing is - have you been given the conti version as you have been period free for 2 years? Some women find that the synthetic progestogen (known as norethisterone) in the Elleste can give them headaches and some undesirable symptoms so negating the beneficial effect of the oestrogen. Also it doesn't always help with the sex drive but can do - often it is only testosterone which helps here, and this is not so widely prescribed for women by GPs although sometimes by specialist gynaes.

Kinora Sun 07-Oct-12 19:58:11

Hi all (I'm op in disguise - I can't do a name change on my mobile)

I'm glad this thread is still running and,hopefully, useful to anyone considering taking the tablets.

I've been taking them for a few months and feel sosuch better - better joints, better moods and better sleep.

I did have a period (after 8 months of none, prior to the tablets). The first one was quite heavy but subsequent ones have got lighter and this month nothing. Not sure what's going on but not giving me any problems so won't worry too much about it. I Will mention it to the doctor next time I go. I think the literature with the tablets did say that some people don't have a period with them.

I've had nothing negative to say about the tablets. After all my initial worries, I'm glad I went ahead and started taking them.


Suorour18 Thu 18-Oct-12 11:36:01

I have just taken my first white Elleste Duet 1mg tablet today. Aged 48 and had no bleed since February 2012. After months of sweats and sleeplessness my doctor has prescribed this HRT. Never thought I would ever take this treatment but will let you know how I get on.

Kinora Wed 24-Oct-12 21:56:45

How are you getting on suorour18? Hope you're noticing a difference.

madamtalkalot Fri 26-Oct-12 20:05:57

I also have just taken my first Elleste Duet pill today. After a horrendous 3 months with a really bad water infection, night sweats, palpitations, fatigue, lack of motivation, joint pains and brain fog, I'm not going to complain about the double prescription charge. I just hope they work.

cocolepew Fri 26-Oct-12 20:10:26

I took this after a hysterectomy, it made me incredibly sick, it was like pregnancy sickness!

I've moved onto Evorel patches and feel fine.

flashjordon Sun 28-Oct-12 23:23:43

Hi everyone! I'm new to this site! with regard to the issue linked with HRT & breast cancer, I lost my mum from breast cancer when she was 47, I'm now 46 & suffering immense effects of the menopause.I've been down every herbal remedy going & this simply doesn't work for me. As you can imagine with my mum & her sister taken with this disease I would dismiss this drug, however I've come to realise that 'quality of life' is what is important, yes of course you want to safeguard yourself, but to be blunt, you could be hit by a bus tomorrow & not had sex or a good nights sleep in an age?! I'm on my 1st wk of Elleste Duet, still getting flushes but going to give it a bit longer.

traipsingalong Mon 29-Oct-12 17:01:01

Another one here on Elleste Duet 1mg - started taking it about 3 months ago because I was 45 and had been having hot flushes on and off for about two years, but had started the night time ones a few months previously, and felt exhausted and very poor sleep even without the flushes.

It started to work after about a week to 10 days.

I just feel 'normal' again. Sleeping is so much better, I'm not so exhausted all the time, and I actually seem to have got my sense of humour back. Wish I'd done it two years ago frankly when it all started.

Earthymama Mon 29-Oct-12 17:07:13

I have been taking for 2 years and feel great. I was so 'slow' before, completely unlike my real self. I had a civil partnership in June with my Dear, DP and I know it wouldn't have happened as I would have been too bone-weary to care enough.

Yes to feeling normal!!smile

Now if anyone knows anything as effective for my arthritic knees... bring it on!

Catsilver Tue 06-Nov-12 11:14:16

Hi, I've just joined. I have had irregular and prolonged periods for last 18 months sometimes lasting 21 days at a time although not heavy. Also my hair has been falling out for the same time. I have no other symptoms like hot flushes or night sweats. I have not had a hormonal blood test as GP says results are inconclusive while you are still having periods? I have prescription for Elleste Duet and wondered if anyone else has had success with similar symptoms...

DawnKennedy4 Thu 08-Nov-12 12:35:35

I'm 45 and have been taking Elleste Duet 1mg for 2 years already, I know, how depressing is that?! I have found I felt slightly queasy on occasion but other than that, the dreadful sweats have completely gone. I was put on the 'bleeding' HRT due to being so young, get that LOL!!! As it's advisable to bleed to protect your uterus. I noticed somebody mentioned herbal alternatives but wanted you to be aware that Oestrogen helps to prevent osteoporosis, regulates your cholesterol (of which mine was high and I'm slightly below adverage weight) which in turn, protects your heart!! Go for it I say, I feel back to normal although am now missing the odd period so think it needs 'upping'.............why suffer is what I say ;)

Suorour18 Mon 12-Nov-12 12:07:45

Whilst I took all the white tablets in the packet I felt okay. Night sweats disappeared and I have been able to sleep much better. Then I started taking the green tables last week. Every day I have felt so sick that I have had to stop taking them. I don't think this tablet is for me. Have not take one today, there has been no bleeding but I have felt bloated all the time.

Linda1967 Tue 13-Nov-12 21:08:59

Hi ladies, I've just joined today! I'm 45 & have been to the Drs today for blood tests & been prescribed Elleste Duet. For the past year my period was sometimes longer, shorter, heavy, light, late or early & now no period at all for 2 months. I've had over the past 6 months sleepless nights, flushes, mood swings, knee joint pains, sore breasts & tearful/emotional. I've also been off sex for a long time & when I do it for my husbands sake, it hurts. But things have become worse over the past 3 weeks & I'm now suffering with bad headaches & spots keep cropping up on my face!

Aren't we lucky women?

Anyway I took my first tablet a couple of hours ago, so I'll let you know what happens over the coming weeks. Good luck everyone!

Linda1967 Fri 16-Nov-12 18:18:14

Well its now day 4 of taking my Elleste Duet, the first 3 days everything was the same but today, my emotions are raging. I've been soooo moody,grumpy with my family & sobbing on & off all day. I'll stick with taking them at the moment, as I'm sure my body just needs to adjust to the hormone boost its getting! So fingers crossed things improve soon.

whizmum Fri 16-Nov-12 19:24:52

good luck

TowMater Sun 25-Nov-12 22:36:48

Hi,, just wanted to add my experience of Elleste.
I'm 44 and have been having menopausal symptoms for a couple of years before starting Elleste 3 months ago, I had patches for 3 months before that but couldn't get the buggers to stick! Before HRT, I had constant hot flushes and by that I mean at least a couple every hour, every day. Night sweats, alopecia patches, extreme tiredness, weepy, recurring thrush and severe vaginal dryness (no-one tells you about the utter misery and agony of this particular menopause symptom!).
I worried myself silly for months about taking HRT, because of the 'risks' and now I just wish I hadn't put up with it all for so long because taking it has changed my life dramatically.

My GP was clear, at 44 and with test confirming I was definately in early menopause, she recommended strongly that I take it. I should have these hormones anyway at my age, and not having them carried far more risks. My grandmother and Mum both suffer severe osteoporosis, losing inches in height and suffering so much pain through disintegrating vertebrae, my Mum had to use a wheelchair from her early sixties, and also had a quadruple heart bypass before she was 60. My GP thinks this was because my Mum went through a very early menopause and did not have HRT, and that this could be my future too without replacing the hormones I needed at my age. Of course, I am aware of the other risks of HRT, but I check my breasts and go to the GP for regular follow ups and blood pressure checks.

I feel so much better, my hair is growing back, I'm not anxious and have more energy, I sleep like a log, the flushes disappeared with the first week of HRT, and I have a sex life! Hurrah! grin

susanann Mon 10-Dec-12 13:34:07

hi everyone! Like many of you on here ive just been prescribed with the "magic pills" Elleste Duet, 1mg. Im 52 and divorced. Just found this site and this thread. It sounds very encouraging and I hope it works for me too. I also suffer from depression which doesnt help cos some of the emotional symptoms are the same. I have felt awful for ages. Sleep is very difficult, but thats also depression related. Im moody, tearful, depressed, have quite bad hot flushes (day and night). My memory is very bad and I find it hard to concentrate. My fiance has been so good and supportive but im sure it must get him down too.
So nice to know you guys out there know where im coming from! Its great to have a support network. Take care. x

TandTsMum Tue 11-Dec-12 15:49:01

Hi All! Another early meno here! Im 41 and now day 5 of elleste duet. Ive decided that it is essential to maintain a normal hormone profile to protect against the risks of CHD, dementia, osteoporosis and DIVORCE! Mood swings and irritability were ferocious. I dont feel particularly better so far but hoping ... Ive been suffering for the best part of a year with classic symptoms. Although havent had any hot flushes but have avoided hoovering at all costs as I end up looking like Ive walked through a shower (good excuse eh?)! My main concern is lack of sex drive and wondered if anyone can tell me if this gets better or if they have had specific treatment for this? Thanks for sharing your experiences!! Im off to have a glass of wine ...

TandTsMum Tue 11-Dec-12 17:12:58

Hi Linda 1967! All sounds famiar!! How are you getting in now?

TandTsMum Tue 11-Dec-12 17:13:20


susanann Tue 18-Dec-12 16:36:41

Been on the "magic pills" for just over a week now. Im sure the hot flushes arent so frequent. Hopefully that will continue to improve.

Bellaciao Thu 20-Dec-12 16:09:43

TandTsMum - Lack of sex drive - doesn't usually get better... but each woman is different so might do something for you
As you have early menopause you might like to ask for some testosterone and if your GP won't prescribe it try to get referred to a menopause clinic, to see a a meno specialist gynae, (not a nurse), who hopefully can presribe it for you. You are far too young to suffer from lack of sex drive!!
I don't use it myself because my practice won't prescribe it if no hysterectomy and haven't asked to be referred as yet, but I am a lot older....

stressage Sun 23-Dec-12 13:31:09

hi linda l am the same started on 1mg last week and l have gone all grumpy when i wasnt before and my symptoms seem to be worse and don't need to be so grumpy at christmas.

Kinora Fri 28-Dec-12 18:10:42

Mixed results on here with the tablets. I suppose they're not for everyone and some people may need to try different types of HRT to find one that suits.

I've now been taking mine for 7 months. I feel great - no sweats, sleeping better, joints are no longer aching, sex drive has returned. All in all, a very positive experience.

I hope everyone keeps updating the thread - it's nice to know how we're all getting on smile

stressage Thu 03-Jan-13 21:12:07

well a few weeks on l m feeling so much better no more hot flushes achy joints just finished first line of green pills no sign of a period thank goodness but sex drive coming back after years!!

11Phyl Thu 03-Jan-13 23:15:12

Hi Everyone I've just turned 51 & not had a period for 52days yeah, but hot flushes day & night, tiredness & headaches for the last couple of years have driven me to the docs. Just been prescribed Elleste Duet 1mg but as I've not had a period not too sure when to start. Reading the other postings I hadn't realised my achey wrists, thumbs & knees could all be symptoms, also being weepy I put that down to empty nest & not being needed as all my children are young adults at uni & work. Haven't really had any mood swings thank goodness. I will start the tabs soon as will be skiing at Easter so need to guard against any broken bones. (not sure the tabs can help with the skiing though)

MissBoPeep Fri 04-Jan-13 08:44:43

If you don't get on with them remember that this is just ONE sort o HRT. There are lots of others to try if need be, and they don't all include tablets- patches and gels have fewer side effects.

You won't see any benefit to your bones for at least 1-2 years- it takes that long for bones to change- so take it easy on the slopes!

Nelly8709 Mon 07-Jan-13 13:49:45

I was actually crying reading all these post by all these lovely ladies. I was diagnosed in 2007 and have struggled since then. I have tried over the counter remedies - homeopathic concoctions - Chinese herbs - acupuncture etc etc as I was afraid to try HRT. Now having suffered the worse 3 months of my life - sweats - insomnia/nightmares - terrible mood swings and feeling really low - I bit the bullet and attended my GP this morning. She has prescribed me Elleste duet on coming home I read the leaflet within then burst into tears as it all seemed to be so negative but i think that was my slant on it i then decided to do some further digging and found this site. I have taken my first tablet and hope and pray that this will help me as it has so many of the ladies on this site. I have never been one to write on sites etc but so many of your stories could me talking. Fingers crossed and thanks for this wonderful site x

11Phyl Tue 08-Jan-13 08:59:05

Morning MissBoPeep & Nelly8709,
Got my tabs on 2/1/13 and still not taken them as no sign of my period yet!!
Not too sure what to do but I'll ring the doc this morning for some advise, seems crazy as there just sitting there on the table and I'm still suffering (hot flush as I type). Hopefully the melancholy will lift too, just having this black cloud hanging over you is bad enough without all the rest. Nelly8709 is quite right about these postings they really are helpful, joyous & uplifting too smile

11Phyl Wed 16-Jan-13 08:13:19

Well started tablets on Friday after discussion with pharmacist & felt great for the first 3 days/2 nights. Flushers were reduced & slept through 2 whole nights
smile, then a few during Monday/night, THEN BANG Tuesday came and a huge black cloud too sad Crying at the drop of a hat, finger & knee joints giving me jip so couldn't get to sleep & now Wednesday morning, cloud a bit brighter but feeling sooo low. Hubby away so couldn't ring him last night but spoke to him this morning which helped smile. Maybe things get a bit worse then better (i hope so). Meeting a friend later who's a nurse so may have a moan to her. Hope your all doing ok & fingers crossed for a lighter mood soon.

susanann Wed 16-Jan-13 15:46:47

Well ive been on my magic pills for almost 5 weeks now. Hot flushes are virtually gone! wohoo! Had a "period" which wasnt too bad at all. Happy bunny!

Nelly8709 Tue 22-Jan-13 20:43:50

Feeling better every day(I think) about to start the white tablets tomorrow - so here's hoping they continue to do their stuff. Hope you are all feeling the benefits too. If not yet then very soon. Keep posting x

Nelly8709 Tue 22-Jan-13 20:46:27

Hope you are feeling better soon - stick with it I also felt a bit down after about 6 days and thought "oh no here I go again" but it did pass so persevere xxxx

susanann Fri 25-Jan-13 10:35:26

I was so pleased that my hot flushes had virtually gone but in the last week they seem to be coming back. Anyone know why? Do I need a stronger dose?

Kell7222 Wed 06-Feb-13 21:29:24

Hi just joined started on the elleste duet 1mg tablets today I'm 35 and hoping my moods , nights sweats will stop soon. A bit nervous though reading all the side effects

TandTsMum Fri 08-Feb-13 14:23:51

Bellaciao! Thanks for your reply to my post and good advice! I am now on my third month of tablets and after what seemed like an initial inprovement I am now back to square one. I think the initial improvement may have been due to the iron tablets I was prescribed for anaemia. My mood is still very low, no tolerance, no energy, aching bones, insomnia.... So Im going back to the docs & Im going to ask to be referred to the meno clinic. My [female] GP cant wait to usher me out the door which I find upsetting. It may be a natural process (well not that natural as Im only 41 so I should have about another 15 years of a normal hormone profile Grrrrrr!) but its impact on my quality of life is HUGE!!! The GP even told me to just phone in next time - didnt want to see me!! Anyway, Im keeping the faith that things will improve eventually. Thanks for your experiences ladies - keep sharing!

Joshiro Fri 08-Feb-13 20:40:01

been taking Elleste Duet 1mg for 6 days and have a terrible headache. Hoping that my mood swings, tolerance levels, aching joints, memory loss, inability to concentrate improve. Will keep you posted. Found all posts very helpful

julie46 Tue 19-Feb-13 14:50:50

Hello Ladies ! I am 45 and have taken 3 days of Elleste Duet, Im feeling abit weird to be honest, very achy is that normal, also headaches for unknown reasons. Ive been suffering for 2 years plus and my symptoms dismissed by Dr's as I previously had a ovarian cyst. Only 3 days in so early days ! Glad to have found you, people (family and freinds) not that forthcoming discussing the menopause (has anyone else noticed that lol) smile

Lightfandango Mon 04-Mar-13 20:34:32

Susanann - I am interested in what you decided to do. I have been taking Elleste Duet 1mg for ages and thought it was brilliant - no flushes whatsoever. Took a break 'to see' if the flushes had gone - they hadn't - so went back on the magic pills. All ok, (though they did take longer to work second time around), however the last few nights the flushes are back - not sure whether to 'wait and see' if they go again or ask for a higher dose - I'm 52

Jac1967 Tue 05-Mar-13 10:46:12

Hi Ladies, I'm nearing the end of my first packet of elleste duet, I'm 45 and my periods stopped last October. I felt great on the white tablets (although can't tolerate more than one glass of wine without feeling really sick the next day) BUT have really bad pmt on the green one's so much so that I want to skip the green ones next month. Anyone else had similar experiences?

Bellaciao Tue 05-Mar-13 19:54:41

Hi there Jac - I've never taken Elleste Duet but when I first went onto HRT I used the patches which had the same (synthetic) progestogen in them - norethisterone - and they gave me bad headaches/migraines.
This is one of the more common side effects of this progestogen so I would suggest trying a different HRT. If you want to continue with pills then some women find Femoston easier to tolerate as the progestogen (Dydrogesterone) is similar to our own progesterone - ie the one made in our bodies.
You could try that and see how you feel.
There are others - patches or gel and separate oestrogen and progesterone to try if that doesn't do the trick.

They are all listed on Menopause Matters website:

Hope this helps

Facebaffle Fri 08-Mar-13 17:19:47

I suffered too with bad pmt whilst taking the tablets but this has now passed. It did take a few months before everything settled down. I feel great now smile

Applecat22 Sun 10-Mar-13 17:46:38

I am 43 and have been on ellest duet 1mg for aprox 2 year after docs telling me i was entering early menapause &#128546;.. I was scared at first to take the pills.. But started them on first day of my scattery periods .. After the 1st month i had a hellish period with migraine with aura.. But since then iv been fine.. They certainly reduce the hot flushes and my periods last only 3/4 days and are light.. Get the odd nights sweats a few days before period due .. But other than this iv been sleeping for scotland lol... My periods have always been bang smack on time usually come on 3rd tablet day of a new months pack.. This month it was late by 5 days... Anyone else experienced this lateness?? I presume this is normal.. As i took last months tablets on time..

Jac1967 Mon 11-Mar-13 09:14:17

Thanks ladies for your replies, they're really helpful....I'm going to take the advice and ask to be changed to Femoston, I can't put myself or my kids through another cycle of green tabs, they quite literally changed me into a mad woman!! Couldn't stop crying, if I had a husband I'm sure he'd have left too!!

Facebaffle Thu 14-Mar-13 18:37:10

applecat My period does fluctuate by a couple of days but usually around the same time iyswim ( last month I started on a Wednesday, as usual, and this month it was a little later on the Saturday). I'm not sure why this happens.

Liverbird28 Wed 20-Mar-13 09:51:30

Hello ladies
I've just found this forum and thank goodness. I'm 50 and have just been prescribed HRT.
I started taking elleste duet 1mg 5days ago and I have to admit I'm feeling a bit strange. I've been suffering with an upset tummy and I have a dull headache most of the time.
Also the skin on my hands is feeling "tingly" not itchy, very strange.

Has anyone else felt this?

I'm loving reading all your experiences, it seems you need to persevere!

Jac1967 Wed 20-Mar-13 10:30:14

I've just been back to the Doc and been given Femoston as an alternative to Elleste duet (green tabs did not agree with me at all) anyone else taking Femoston. I know I'm OK on the oestrogen part, its the progesterone cycle which seems to be the problem with me x

highandmighty Wed 20-Mar-13 15:28:51

hi ladies,,ive been taking elleste duet 1mg for 6 days now,,not helping with the depressive thoughts and fatigue,,anyone know how long they take to start working,,thanx

highandmighty Wed 20-Mar-13 16:35:48

i just joined this site today and my mood has been lifted already with reading all your stories,,it,s good to feel im not alone with the menopause symptoms as thats how it felt,,thank you all x

silverqueen Sat 23-Mar-13 09:38:07

Hi.Ive just come off elleste for the same reasons as you ,doc perscribed femoston-conti yesterday but im really nervious about taking them .I havnt bled for 8 months not even while on the elleste all the info says you should not take femoston unless you have been bleed free for a year ,which i havnt she didnt seem concerned about this but i am and dont no what to do .By the way im 49 and just want to feel normal again .Looking forward to your thoughts .

silverqueen Sat 23-Mar-13 10:31:51

Hi.Iwas on elleste duet for 3 months ,i saw a dramatic difference on day13 ,but had to come off them as the green tabs made me feel rotten .So hang in there. Good luck.

suzyt000 Mon 25-Mar-13 10:11:46

Just started Elleste Duet 1mg, I am on my 4th tablet today. it was really helpful reading all your comments. Really worried about the green tablets though. My symptoms were never that dramatic physically but I have felt very emotional and concentration was becoming a problem. I am 56 and feel I have been lucky so far, however the emotional turmoil is not so good.

Happyhogswiltshire2013 Tue 26-Mar-13 13:00:29

Hi, I've just joined this site because like many of you have been searching for help about taking HRT! I had blood test a few months back that showed I am going into menopause, at 47 still quite early. I tried herbal help Black Cohosh and Agnus Castus, it helped a bit with low mood, anxiety and some of the weird feelings and mood swings, didn't really help hot flushes, but I only had those mildly and around my period time. The anxiety and feeling weird plus no energy or concentration has been the worse feeling and the most debilitating; my GPs are kind, but a little out of date on help with this, so I am wondering if anyone else tried herbs then moved on to HRT? I started my first Elleste tablets on Sunday, have felt very sick and dizzy yesterday and today, and because I was on the herbs have just cut down on them with a view to stopping them in the next few days... wondering if thats making me feel so ill?? This is the only helpful site I've found and I am very grateful to all the comments and advice given.. it does make me feel slightly less alone!! why doesnt anyone tell us about menopause when we do all those biology lessons on how to avoid getting pregnant in school? its a real no-go area in our culture but the affects on us (family, work, life!) are so dramatic for those of us that suffer it should be talked about more, advice given and more resources given to research! the impact on GDP must be huge! My 20 year career ended just before xmas and my ill health was probably in part due to severe peri-menopausal symptoms!! thanks for help advice anyone has about herbs and HRT!xx

Jac1967 Tue 26-Mar-13 16:56:55

Hi Ladies, I have now switched from Elleste Duet (where the green tabs turned me into a jibbering mess) to Femoston. I've started on the progesterone cycle and so far so good. I'm not having the weird mood swings I was having on the green tabs and peace is restored x

Happyhogswiltshire2013 Wed 27-Mar-13 15:04:24

Hi, day 4 of HRT still feeling dizzy and a bit sick, plus bad headache today... and hello Liverbird28, I've had similar symptoms to you- I've just started taking the Elleste tablets and feeling a bit weird with tingling in my arm... but I think I had that before to an extent!... when I was waiting to take the HRT last month I used herbal remedies that helped a bit but not with the memory/feeling weird/ lack of energy hoping the HRT will help! the messages about sex drive are helpful, my GP wouldn't talk to me about that and I'm too young to feel so unwell with it and I dont want to put my partner through any more!! hope you other ladies are getting on ok? I'm interested to see how it works out for everyone!

Kazjay Wed 27-Mar-13 19:39:25

Hi there

I've just finished my 1st month on Elleste Duet Conti and for the last 5 days I've been bleeding heavily. Is this normal? I haven't has a period for 8 months. This week I've felt edgy and a bit tearful which is really unusual for me. I'm concerned that the bleeding will continue and I really don't want that to happen. Do you think I should see my doctor?


Happyhogswiltshire2013 Thu 28-Mar-13 09:38:16

Hi Kazjay, yes I would definitely see the Dr, even if its something that will settle down, if you've not had a period for 8 months this may just be the effect of the HRT but they have to check it out for you! the information on the website www.menopause is pretty good so maybe have a look there for some advice too. hope you get it sorted out! think the advice from other people here about asking about different types of HRT is good, we're all different so one type may be better for you than the Elleste Duet Conti. Good luck!.

Snatz Thu 28-Mar-13 19:13:27

Hi, I've been reading all the threads about Elleste Duet etc but can't find any details of experiences anyone has had taking Elleste Solo 1 mg tablets. I'm 46 years old (sadly never had children), my periods stopped suddenly one year ago and my blood test results today have confirmed that I'm at the peri-menopausal stage. My mood swings have been a little up and down, quite tearful coming to terms that I'll never have children, at night time I constantly wake up really thirsty and hot but more importantly my sexual libido is dead. It's just so horrible when you don't know what the hell is happening to your body. My doctor has advised me to try a three month course of Elleste Solo 1mg but I wanted to find out how anyone else has found these tablets. Any side affects? Positive/negative comments welcomed. Thank you

Wo0dy Thu 04-Apr-13 20:13:57

Hi, I've just joined today because of the advice and discussion of elleste duet. I've been on them now for a month after a major two year battle with local gp, who refused to even consider I was starting menopause. I'm 46, and been having hot flushes for 2 monthlies have started to mess about over the last 6 months. The first Orange tablets have been amazing, zero flushes, lovely even moods, it's been great.....however the second half of the month, the white tablets have been vile, crying, crying and more crying, and feeling quite ill. I'm hoping this will settle, I'm not sure if the downside of the white tablets outweigh the benefits of the Orange sad

11Phyl Thu 04-Apr-13 22:54:26

Hi Wo0dy and everyone, took Elleste Duet for 3months all ok on the white tabs but the green ones were a different ball game altogether. Moods, headaches and tired. Then came the most horrendous period pains I've every had just like labour without the actual contractions (have had 3 children) and bleeding like someone had pulled a plug!!!!!!! Soooo heavy and lumpy and large sore boobs and lasted nearly 7 days, so not a happy bunny on them. Went back to dr who has prescribed Premak-C 0.625mg due to start tomorrow (Friday) so fingers crossed things may be better. Not too sure about the horse urine though but I'll give these a go. Also not too pleased about having to pay for 2 prescriptions. Hopefully things will get better&#128516;

mazzer12 Thu 25-Apr-13 16:09:17

Hi, just been prescribed Elleste Duet 1mg at 46. If I don't have any periods now, will this HRT "Force" a period? Hoiping this will help stop my brain being like mush and help with my crying - am a right mard arse at the moment and it's NOT like me. Just want to feel normal. Doc gave me the option of HRT or Anti depressants??? I thought the two were totally different. Maybe I should have gone for both!

hayley1964 Tue 30-Apr-13 19:59:10

I am taking elleste duet 2mg,i am 48,have the mirena coil,mood swings have got better and the hot sweats,but cannot believe how bloated i am and putting weight on,i hate it,anyone else had this?

bella65 Tue 30-Apr-13 21:31:14

Isn't Duet 2 hormones- oestrogen and progestins? If so you don't need progestins because you have the Mirena giving you that- so all this progestin may well be the cause of bloating.

Lynnth Thu 02-May-13 11:47:36

I started on Elleste duet 1mg last month after having my ovaries and tubes removed. Now on second pack. Got to the third week of tablets and felt like someone had completely stolen my personality and given me an evil one. Crying all the time at the most insignificant of things. Took about two weeks to pass. Now at end of first week second pack and hoping this won't happen again. Hot sweats have eased off just the occasional one and sleeping much better. Not waking every hour to on/off duvet. Did experience nausea and having light bleeding after not having had any for 8 months. Put my woolly brain over last year or so down to getting old. I'm 49. Have noticed in the last week or so that I feel boggy and my ankles have been swelling any one else had this ? However having said that am feeling better and have a bit more motivation.

bella65 Thu 02-May-13 20:01:36

Have you thought about seeing your consultant or GP- swollen ankles can be potentially serious.

1mg oestrogen is very low dose- after complete removal of your ovaries it might not be enough.

Lots of HRT gives 1.5mgs or 2mgs.

bulletproofgerbil Fri 17-May-13 18:38:20

So glad I've found this site. I've just started a thread in general health about Elleste duet 1mg which I've just been prescribed.

I was also told to start it within 5 days of my period starting. It's a bit irregular at the moment and so far no sign of anything.

I am desperate to try something to help the endless flushes, sweats, exhaustion and general vileness though. What is the worst that can happen if I don't take it when my period starts? Tia.

bulletproofgerbil Fri 17-May-13 18:38:46

Found this thread. Not found this site. See that's my foggy hormone-raddled brain.

suedozybird Sun 19-May-13 13:43:41

hi everyone,just finishing my first pack of elleste duet 1mg and a bit worried as the night sweats still havent disappeared and am getting desperate for some sleep!!! does it take a bit longer to kick in as i,m at the end of my tether and i,m sure my family are as well lol

Jac1967 Wed 22-May-13 11:03:40

Hi Ladies
I have just been switched from femoston to premarin .03mg, this is because I can't seem to find a progesterone part of HRT that suits me. Has anyone else taken premarin who can tell me what to expect. I'm using cerezette as the progesterone part because I always got on well with it.

seizetheafternoon Fri 07-Jun-13 08:52:41

Hi all. Just taken first Elleste Duet 1mg tab yesterday evening. Am mildy on red alert waiting for weirdo side effects.
I have only had one hot flush since I've taken them. Wonder if that's coincidence or could they really start to kick in so fast?! Will report back on progress when I can.

backtosanity Mon 17-Jun-13 22:18:38

So glad I found this site. I really thought it was only me that had not been coping! Here`s my story...
At 38 years old I didn`t have a period for two months and was having hot sweats day and night every 20 minutes. Had an appointment with a gynecologist but had a period before seeing him and was told all was fine. Then the brain fog, anxiety and weird thoughts started. I`d lay awake at night scared of any little noise even my own shadow, during the day constantly making silly mistakes at work. I eventually went to see my doctor convinced I was losing the plot. After blood tests it was confirmed the beginning of early menopause. Over the next couple of years I only had 2 shows (spotting) and now not had a period for 7 years. I really missed them at first (strange I know) but soon appreciated the period pains and best of all no PMT. Throughout this time I have avoided HRT scared of it to be honest due to the side effects it may cause..up until now. I really thought I could do this cold turkey but my sweats have been constant, disturbed sleep, my libido is zilch, sex is VERY painful, over the years I`ve had itching under the skin, hair loss, hair growth on chin. no interest or energy for anything, painful hands and really dark/suicidal thoughts. I am 47 but feel 77 (no disrespect to fit 77 year olds) so have finally given in to HRT. I no longer care about the serious risks it may carry, I`ve decided to try and drag some quality of life back as I no longer recognize myself.
I am on day 11 of Estelle Duet Conti tabs and though the first few days my sweats were more severe I`m now starting to feel a little different. Had a couple of good nights sleep, fewer sweats less severe and the brain fog clearing a little. Apart from my partner complaining I`m not paying him much attention as I don`t sit and stroke/tickle him! (poor sod eh!) I`m hoping i`m on the up.......fingers crossed

onedomesticgoddess Tue 18-Jun-13 13:50:43

You shouldn't think of taking HRT as 'giving in'- no more than someone who is diabetic or has thyroid problems and has to take supplements.

Jubags512 Tue 18-Jun-13 20:29:32

Hi there, just joined tonight for the first time. I'm 52, but act 32. Happily married with two wonderful children and to be a first time nanny in 4 weeks. I've struggled for the last few years but more recently been noticed by the DR. 24 hour blood pressure monitor, bloods etc etc. last few months daily hot flushes, sweats every 20 minutes, sleepless nights, that's the norm for me. But finally been given Elleste Duet 1mg. Not on any other medication, never have been and reluctant to even take anadin. So this is a big thing for me but after reading some of these reports I'm really hoping for a miracle. Taken two tablets now so any advice would be welcomes.

gem66 Wed 19-Jun-13 15:00:29

Hey ladies, I was prescribed Elleste Duet 1mg by my Dr 4 months ago as I've had terrible brain fog, grumpiness, tinnitus and general aches and pains but thankfully not too many sleepless nights or hot flushes. I was quite reluctant to take HRT at first probably because of the bad press it's had, but 2 weeks ago on the first day of my last period (which are few and far between) I decided to give it a go and if I didn't get on with it I could always stop. I've got to say within the first week I definitely noticed my mood was lifting and I didn't feel totally consumed by my horrible hormones, my Dr did say it wasn't a miracle cure but even if it makes me feel 10% better I'm going to give a good go. I also have a Underactive Thyroid so in a way I'm already taking a hormone replacement for that. My advice would be to just try it and see how you get on. Oh and one last thing I've noticed whether it's connected or not I'm not sure but you must drink plenty of water at least 6/8 glasses a day. I hope I've helped someone today :D

RafflesWay Wed 19-Jun-13 20:11:34

Ooh gem you little star! Just got back from gp who has finally suggested I take Estelle duet 1 mg. Like you I too was very reluctant to take hrt and also have under active thyroid. However I have been battling for almost 8 yrs - yes no exaggeration - with the most horrendous peri and then full menopausal systems. The hot flushes and night sweats are sooo debilitating I could cheerfully strangle someone at times,(that is an exaggeration btw but I think you will get the drift.) I am 57 and have had one period every 10 - 11 months for the past 3 years. I am so hoping for some improvement as I think I have tried every herbal remedy known to man with no improvement.

Missbopeep Wed 19-Jun-13 20:45:12

Rafffles don't want to alarm you and please don't take this the wrong way- just a little concerned for you. Most women aged 57 would not be having periods- some women are very late stoppers- say 58- but it's very rare.
Anyone ( over 50) not having a period for 12 months is considered post meno, and any bleeding is always investigated urgently.

(I've had to go through this myself a couple of years back.)

You just need to be sure that you are still having periods and not occasional post meno bleeds which should be investigated. If you are taking a no-bleed HRT then you should not have any more bleeding at all- so if you do, see your GP immediately.

RafflesWay Wed 19-Jun-13 21:14:23

Many thank miss gp was aware that I was still having periods regularly at 55 regularly and then I would just think they had stopped and then another one. I have had regular blood tests etc and no concerns thankfully but thank you for the tip and I will definitely keep same in mind.

gem66 Wed 26-Jun-13 10:45:39

Wow... Raffles 8 years is a long time!! How are you getting on with the HRT now?

I'm now on day 22 of my first packet, and I'm still feeling better than I was to be honest after reading some of these messages I wasn't looking forward to taking the green ones (I've taken 5 now) and did feel a bit strange on the second day but that seems to have passed. This might be helpful to some people but I always take HRT and Thyroxine at night when I'm in bed and ready to go to sleep, that way any kind of strange unwanted feelings the tablets might give you go pretty much unnoticed smile
I forgot to mention last too that some morning's I was waking up feeling like a had morning sickness, it passed quite quickly once I was up, I'm still getting this but not so much! (I didn't suffer any morning sickness when I had my babies) I think it's helpful if people can come back to this site with some positive feedback too and any helpful tips on how we can best handle this phase in life.. smile

gem66 Wed 26-Jun-13 10:47:58

Ps.. I also take a Berocca every morning, it really does give you a lift! :D

soggyryvita Thu 27-Jun-13 22:20:00

I'm a week into the green tablets on my first round of HRT. Like others have said, the white tablets were brilliant and my debilitating flushes and constant night sweats eased off within days. Since taking the green tabs though they've come back sad Not as much as before I took any HRT but enough to be a nuisance. Don't know I haven't had any bleeding yet but feel as if I'm maybe about to start?

I guess I shall try another month and see how that goes before trying to work out whether Elleste are going to suit me though. I was adamant in the past that I wouldn't take anything artificial but the symptoms I was having were absolutely wrecking my life.

ladybird4 Fri 02-Aug-13 08:46:22

Hadn't realised how bad I was feeling until I started taking HRT (Duet 1mg). This is my second month and haven't felt so good in years. I kept putting off going to my GP for HRT but it got to the stage where I just couldn't put up with the hot-flushes anymore. Within 11 days I started to feel normal - a feeling that was so alien to me and my family. My marriage was a sham (no sex drive) and my horrendous mood-swings were just about making my little boy's life miserable. My inconsistent behaviour was wrecking my life and I just cannot believe that this was all down to hormones. From an Irish family my mother is a great believer in a shut up and get on with it attitude but she has actually admitted that I'm a different person! Joint pain, hot-flushes, migraines, mood-swings have totally gone - all I can say is "what meno-pause?!".

DMWJ1973 Sat 10-Aug-13 19:52:12

Hi everyone, I've just turned 40 and looks as if I am in premature menopause. I have been prescribed Elleste Duet 1mg and I'm absolutely terrified of taking it. I have sat here for hours reading all these posts where some people are all for HRT and some would not recommend it. I have been a member of Weight Watchers for 2.5 years and have lost 5.5 stones, my worry is what sort of weight gain should I expect. Also period been missing for 5 months now and had 2 blood tests... Is there any possibility my GP could be wrong about the menopause? Had no explanation at all, just been given HRT. Please can some one help me, feeling very mixed up.

joie123 Wed 21-Aug-13 16:57:03

Been on this drug for over a year now, it has changed my life, all the symptoms that have been discussed have made my life miserable, I was on holiday and thought I would give myself a month without this drug to see if I could do without it. All my symptoms reappeared in days and it was a reminder how good this drug is for women with terrible menopause symptoms, I am my usual self on it and a sad old lady without it!!! Couldnt do without this drug, thank goodness we have the option to choose

missbopeep Wed 21-Aug-13 17:04:10


Might be better for you to post about premature menopause rather than just HRT? Just thinking you might get more replies.

If you are only 40 then you NEED HRT- it's a no brainer. Google premature menopause or prem ovarian failure and you will see why.

You are only putting back what you ought to have until the age of the average menopause which is 52 in UK.

The risks with HRT don't count for someone your age and you don't start 'counting' the risk years until you are 50 -52.

Without HRT you are at greater risk from osteoporosis, heart disease and possibly other cancers such as bowel cancer.

It's actually really bad that your dr just dished out pills without talking you through this- that's pretty negligent.

There is a website and forum for women with prem meno called Daisy Network.

And there is no scientific evidence that HRT causes weight gain- usually that's down to too many pies and no exercise smile

mariachumasbaker Sat 31-Aug-13 17:09:09

Hiya ladies, a newbie here. I am a mum but my 25 yr old baby has just got married, so I am suffering from empty nest syndrome and menopause. My gp prescribed me Elleste Duet 2mg tablets and taking my 3rd tab tonight. Been doing a lot of research and reading Dr. Christiane Northrup's book, The Wisdom of Menopause which is brilliant. She talks all about HRT and goes into a lot of details about bioidentical HRT versus synthetic HRT -v- risk of breast cancer etc. So interesting. Just want to feel normal again and not have hot flushes, have emotional turmoil and wanting to go off and save the world and have an affair LOL. Also reading John Gray. Mars and Venus which is helping me a lot. Lots of HUGS. Maria

mariachumasbaker Sat 31-Aug-13 17:19:32

By the way, I'm 53 and have'nt had a period for 10 months although this happened before when I didn't have a period for 10 months and I then had a bleed. I had hot flushes for a while as well, which stopped for a few months and then started again. I have left it and left it until I thought to myself - I have got to get some help before I go mad.

frustratedashell Thu 05-Sep-13 21:16:22

Hi im 53 and have been on Elleste 1mg since December 2012. At first it was great but the last few months I've been getting pmt symptoms and started feeling awful. Feel sick and got headaches. Very tired, can't sleep. Hot flushes have started to come back too. I've read about femoston and am planning on going to doctor to ask if I should swop over to this. I had an awful row at the weekend with my partner, mainly i think cos I'm so grumpy and emotional. Poor man doesn't deserve it! Would love to get some feedback from those who have been in my shoes. Thanks

hollyskye Sat 05-Oct-13 19:06:06

Hi I am new to this site but have been reading your experiences with Climagest. I went through a very early menopause at 26yrs having suffered from all the usual dreaded symptoms. I was offered HRT at the start but was very erratic at taking it...think I was partly in denial. I have since had two beautiful childen thro egg donation and at the age of 39 have been experiencing symptoms of severe anxiety and my husband has been saying my mood swings and lack of libido are getting unbearable. Doctors have suggested going back onto climagest as I had not been taking it for 5yrs. Have been taking it for a fortnight and feeling absolutely exhausted all the time. Anxiety levels are sky high. Is this normal as I cannot be carrying on like this with two young children and an active job.

Missbopeep Sat 05-Oct-13 22:40:56

That HRT contains Norethisterone which many women find causes PMT type symptoms.
You might be better off changing to two separate products so you can monitor the effects- such as a patch containing oestrogen and a bio identical form of progestogen such as Utrogestan.
As you had such an early menopause then your GP could refer you to a gynae for expert advice. You really need to be on HRT to the age of 50 to protect your bones.

hollyskye Sun 06-Oct-13 08:31:34

Thankyou. I am having a review of medication in 4 weeks so will mention it. I did try patches for a short while but teaching sport just meant they were coming off all the time. I am worried about the long term affects of taking hrt for such a long time but have been told I must stay on it for my sake (and my marriage). Shall just have to persevere sad

Missbopeep Sun 06-Oct-13 08:59:43

TBH you ought to be more worried about NOT taking HRT for a long time! You are only replacing what you ought to have up to the age of 50-52.
Have you had a look at the Daisy Network's site ( for women with prem ovarian failure) and Menopause Matters website? There is sound medical advice on both from doctors.

Linda152 Wed 09-Oct-13 10:52:56

Hi everyone I'm new to the sight. I'm 50 and had my first Estelle 1mg yesterday. I put it off for a long time, but after sleepless nights and hot sweats it was taking its toll on me. I feel really positive reading all the post about your experiences. I never realised how depressed I've been till I read some of the post on here, it is just how I'm feeling. Well looking forward to seeing the outcome, will keep you posted.

caroleb64 Fri 11-Oct-13 20:40:04

I finally went to the doctors on Wednesday, after having been on the menopause for about the last 4 yrs, in the beginning they didnt want to offer me anything now after the last year of having the horid night sweats and hot flushes during the day, not to mention all the rows I was having especially with my daughters and my own temper tantrums of slaming doors lol, I have finally been given the Elleste Duer 1 mg and after 3 days I can allready see the fog lifting cant believe I have waited this long !!

willotess Fri 11-Oct-13 23:22:12

My (female) doctor prescribed Elleste Duet to me when I was around 50/51. I went to her as I was forever ratty, cried at the slightest things (though my marriage was breaking down at the time too), and felt achey and stiff all the time. Whilst taking it I felt great, no weight gain, my skin and hair was lovely and the aches and pains disappeared.
However last January my (male) doctor suggested I gradually reduced the dosage over a few months and stopping once I reached 57 (last April) as I should have finished the menopause by then.
To be honest I can't see the point of me ever taking it - I'm now going through the blooming menopause! It's just been delayed. I have hot sweats, flushes, and worse muscle aches than ever before. My skin has thinned and feels dry and my hair texture has changed too. The only thing I don't do that I did before, is cry all the time, but I've since got rid of the source of my woes (the husband)!
If I hadn't taken HRT my menopause may have been over and done with by now!

Robbo14 Sun 13-Oct-13 11:24:28

Hi ladies. I'm 53 and still having fairly regular periods, although the last one was a few days early. They had become really heavy so was on mefanamic acid. However, in the last few months, I've started to feel continuously anxious, to the point where I was signed off work for 2 weeks. The doc has now prescribed ellest duet 1mg and I took the first one yesterday. Haven't suffered with hot flushes but am of seroxat which apparently can help with these anyway. I'll keep you all posted! Who would be a woman?!

Missbopeep Sun 13-Oct-13 16:45:34

Sorry to hear about your experiences but your drs are not right.

Many women continue to have hot flushes etc into their 70s and 80s. Oestrogen deficiency lasts for life and you may never be 'over it'.
There is no reason why you cannot carry on with HRT- look at the latest research by the British Menopause Society- on their website.

Basically they are telling GPs NOT to stop HRT after 5 years or whatever and that it's a personal choice of the women to say what they want, as long as they know the facts and stats about risks.

If you want to carry on with it then you should be allowed to.
50% of women who come off HRT have symptoms come back.

Gerijrich Sun 13-Oct-13 22:44:08

hi Robb, I too first went on seroxat 20 mg when I began to suffer really bad PMT 5 years ago it has worked but now the symptoms of menopause have become overwhelming I have been put on HRT. I am its going to work - it seems to for everyone else,

Robbo14 Mon 14-Oct-13 18:11:09

Gerijrich hi! Been on seroxat for longer than I can remember! Pretty convinced this anxiety is hormone related. Good luck with the hrt and fingers crossed for both of us. X

Venushasrisen Mon 14-Oct-13 18:17:28

I took Elleste Duet for about 8 years, felt and looked v good on it, I got a breast lump (prob unrelated to it but at the time there was much in the press about hRT and breast cancer) and stopped taking it. Had a briefish menopause, now 5years on am fine though a bit wrinklier and with big spare tyre, otherwise good.

Gingertabby12 Sat 19-Oct-13 15:06:55

Hi. I started Elleste Duet 5 days ago after suffering from frequent hot flushes and disturbed sleep. I am 52. My friend started taking the very same HRT 6 months ago and has found it to be fantastic so I had no hesitation on starting it. From the 2nd day of starting on it I have experienced my legs feeling heavy and aching also aches and pains in my lower back and also upper legs, has anyone else experienced these as side affects and if so do they go away soon? I am worried that its a circulation problem and it maybe is not suiting me but just be interesting to hear if anyone else has experienced this. I would like to give them a go. One of the side effects can be leg cramps but its not leg cramps its dull aching. Be grateful of any advice. I am not overweight, walk a lot and eat healthy and overall in good health. My bloods pressure was normal when taken before they were perscribed. Would also like to add I found out accidentally that you can not take flaxseed oil and the jury is out as to if you can take primrose oil.

Appreciate comments please.

Missbopeep Sat 19-Oct-13 16:11:26

If you think you are having serious or very troublesome side effects then you should see your dr asap. Have you read up on side effects and seen if yours match any that are reported?

Gingertabby12 Sat 19-Oct-13 16:59:38


Thanks for your response.

Yes have read up on all the side effects and the only one that matches anything like mine is leg cramps. Its not leg cramps but aches and pains, my gut instinct is I need to stop and see my doctor just thought if anyone else had experienced these side effects and if it wore off after a few days would stay with it.

Missbopeep Sat 19-Oct-13 17:15:36

Are you sure it's linked to the HRT? have you been doing anything else that could cause it- or even have a virus? It's really highly unlikely that such a small dose of oestrogen could cause those problems in 1 day. It won't be DVT because something like that takes months to occur if ever.

Gingertabby12 Sat 19-Oct-13 17:41:37

I am not sure if it is just a coincidence, I have got cold but have never had aching limbs with any cold (except flu and its not flu). Have not been doing any strenuous exercise either. Probably best thing to do is stop and see if pains go away if they do them it must be the tablets. I have certainly slept better the last couple of nights and only had a couple of flushes which were not too severe today which has been great. So its a shame if I have to stop now.

Linda152 Sat 19-Oct-13 19:27:41

Hi everyone. Been taking elleste duet 1 mg for 11 days now, already putting weight on around my belly and on my boobs will this wear of as my body gets used to it? Been sleeping better and not waking up hot. Getting a few period pains at the moment. I'm 50 and not had a big period in a while. I'm hoping my moods will get better now I'm on the hrt but really worried about all the weight gain already. Please can anyone advise me ? Thanks

Missbopeep Sat 19-Oct-13 20:35:01

The research shows that weight gain on HRT is a myth- probably not what you want to hear- and it's not likely you could put weight on due to HRT in 11 days. Some women do feel bloated but that is usually down to the progesterone part- like when you have PMT.
Are you being totally honest with yourself over your diet? Is it possible that the weight gain is the normal 1-2lbs that most of us find goes up and down all the time? Most women put weight on around the menopause because our metabolism changes- the only way to stop the weight gain is to really re-think your food intake- they say you need to cut calories by about a third- and exercise much more.

Gingertabby12 Tue 22-Oct-13 17:24:08

Hi I went back to my GP regarding Elleste giving me very aching legs and lower back. She told me to stop using it (I had only be taking for a few days). As odd as it seemed the first Elleste free day my legs have not ached. She has now prescribed another one called Premique? on googling this it said it was more suited to post-menopausal women. I have been period free since May this year. Has anyone out there used this and what is their experience of it. To be honest the Elleste experience has put me off a little have also looked at FX menopause, but cann't really find any reviews other than it was given good press from a doctor on This Morning TV Show. Has anyone out there tried it and what is their views? Its quite expensive £17 for a month but if it works then happy to have a go have tried almost everything else.

RafflesWay Tue 22-Oct-13 20:09:24

Hi everyone again, I posted back in mid June as I had just been prescribed Estelle duet 1mg after suffering for over 8 years and not wanting to take HRT. I am still taking Estelle duet 1 mg and am thrilled to post we are getting along wonderfully. No more hot flushes at all, no more night sweats and I have dropped a dress size by following 5:2 diet - not massive anyway nut went up 2 sizes over the years and nothing seemed to work although partly due to under active thyroid. First 2-3 months were a little up and down and had terrible cramping during hormonal bleed but all settled down now and only very light hormonal bleed last time. I am so pleased I bit the bullet and finally gave in to the obvious need for HRT - I feel 10 years younger and can highly recommend. Hope everyone else is doing ok!

RafflesWay Tue 22-Oct-13 20:12:08

but not nut!

Missbopeep Wed 23-Oct-13 08:44:06

Premique and Premarin are made from conjugated equine oestrogens- mares urine. These are the types that were used in the WHI studies in 2002 in the US. Nowadays in the UK more drs seem to prescribe bio identical oestrogens as they should have fewer side effects as they are molecularly the same as our own oestrogen. Taking HRT by pills means you have to take a higher dose because a lot of the hormone is lost when it's processed by the liver. Again, most drs prefer to use patches or gel because these need less of the hormone to work, and they have a much lower risk of blood clots.

loly57 Wed 30-Oct-13 13:01:54

hi I have been taking elleste duet conti tablets since September.
the first two weeks were great, no hot flushes, no mood swings, sleeping great for first time in years. But then started to bleed and have not stopped since - 6 weeks now, like a period every day, mood swings are back, period like stomach pains every day, sore swollen breasts, bloating, no sex life, feeling tired all the time. I had not had a period for three years. I'm 58. My doctor said this was normal and could carry on for 3 to 6 months HELP!!
is this normal? I'm feeling so down I do not know weather to give up with hrt.

missbopeep Wed 30-Oct-13 18:46:16

Bleeding problems are evidently very common during the first 3 months but what you have sounds excessive especially when you have not had a period for 3 years. I don't know that HRT but is it one which is no bleed or a sequential sort- bleeds every month?
If it's no-bleed then you should insist he changes it or changes the dose because a full on period for weeks is no fun for anyone!

Shellthecroft Wed 30-Oct-13 19:37:02

Hey everyone....

So happy that I've come across this site as reading the positive posts is really encouraging given the negative stuff about HRT. Im 42 and have been suffering for a long time, just taken my first elleste duet 1mg tablet and am praying that my experience is positive and hoping that I too can get my life back... Thanks again everyone, not so terrified now, all the best ��

Gingertabby12 Fri 01-Nov-13 18:37:20


I have been taking the natural fx-menopause 3 for nearly 2 weeks now, when I had a problem with Elleste. I cannot believe how good it is. Have tried all the usual ones, Red Clover etc and none of them worked. Am sleeping much better I sometimes feel like I am going to have a hot flush and it fizzles away to nothing, only negative is its expensive, you can take it for as long as you like unlike most HRT. For anyone out there who is having problems with HRT would well recommend it. Am going to ask for money off friends and family for xmas to buy more, all I want is to feel good again (the best xmas present for me) and I have to say this has worked wonders for me. Just wanted to pass this on for those of you who are having problems with HRT.

yvonnekeeley Wed 13-Nov-13 12:31:21

I have just started on that as well Elleste Duet 1mg, and I find it great, very satisfied with it, I am only on it a month, and cant believe I hav,nt had one flush since I start taking it, my life was a nightmare for the last 5 years with hot flushes, and I never took anything for it, never had a full nights sleep in years with them, now its great, sleep right trough the night

Linda152 Thu 14-Nov-13 13:10:40

Hi all. Been on elleste 1 mg now for just over five weeks and I don't seem to feel as good as I did in the first few weeks. I slept really well in the first couple of weeks and felt well and happy. I didn't have a period at the end of the first month. Now I'm just feeling miserable and ratty again all the time and not sleeping well again. Do you think I may need to up the dose to 2 mg ? My doctor said she may need to tweek the dosage in 3 months. Hope someone can give me there views

MrsDavidBowie Sun 01-Dec-13 12:07:48

I am about to start Elleste duet 2mg.....have been on 1mg for 3 years and recently hormones all over the place, stressed, anxious, do dr has increased to 2mg.

Anything to be aware of in your experience?

DMWJ1973 Fri 21-Feb-14 09:00:53

After many many months of deliberation I have taken my HRT and I have to say I am feeling a lot better. I am away to take my last green tablet and have period like feelings so hopefully a bleed not far away, however I have put 1.5lbs on over the last 2 weeks. Just hoping this will disappear after my bleed. Anyone else experienced a little weight gain on the run up to their monthly bleed. I'd like to say so far so good, but not liking this weight gain.

steffilou Wed 19-Mar-14 10:44:42

Hi....I've just started taking Elleste Duet and on my 5th day. I'm . 56 and not had a period for over a year. I'm feeling better already...not feeling sick any more and the hot flushes disappearing fast!! I'm getting dull period like pains though, will they go eventually? Any body had the same ladies? Also I've an alopicia patch on the back of my head,my GO disagrees but I'm convinced it's hormone related. Any ladies have the same? X

mopeeps Sat 22-Mar-14 21:55:44

Hi. I am on elleste duet 1mg, have just taken the last white tablet of my first pack and I have been a complete basket case today!! Is this normal? My moods started to settle very quickly after starting them (within 1 week I felt more 'balanced'), then today - worse than ever! Help!!

Elise5 Fri 11-Apr-14 08:13:52

Good morning, I've been on Elleste solo now for two months, I'm feeling so much better after being told my symptoms of five years were from early Menopause, Im now post hormonal at only 43, please can anyone tell me if they have experienced developing a tummy that doesn't feel like your own skin, I'm usually thin frame so notice this easily, I'm quessing weight gain & like it, will this settle if I persevere or will it get worse, I love how I'm feeling on hrt but the weight thing is getting me down, any guidance would be lovely, gp says it only counts for 2.7lbs of extra weight gain.

Elise5 Fri 11-Apr-14 08:14:52

Sorry I mean don't like it.

Jocadari Tue 15-Apr-14 08:58:10

Hi I'm new but just wanted to add a couple of thoughts about elleste duet 1mg white and green tabs v weight gain. Interestingly, I've managed to lose a steady 2 and a half stone at slimming world over the past 6 months. It's been a steady loss. I love the diet and food etc. Alongside this I've started the above hrt medication and am on month 2 day 8. I'm currently 51 and not had a period since June 2012. I feel loads better on the hrt but my point is this: despite sticking to my usual diet each week I have 'mysteriously' started to have strange weight gains. I know what I eat as I track it carefully via slimming world. It can only be the hrt whatever anyone says about it being a myth. This week I put on 2 pounds which is a complete abberation for me! Bear in mind I don't eat bread sugar and only minimal alcohol. Last week I had no alcohol, bread or sugar. I don't add fat to anything and eat 7 lots of fruit and veg a day. Plus I'd cycled and walked and am a busy teacher to boot. Make of it what you will but I wanted to share to ease the minds of fellow ladies who may feel down heartened. The evidence is clear for me, so this week I will keep a careful food and exercise diary. I was upset after the 2pound gain but am going to see the week ahead as a sort of experiment to see if it must be down to the hrt. Even if the dreaded Easter bunny is on his way with tempting chocolate! I have healthy meals planned and will do cycle rides in between marking and planning for next term. I will let you know if I lose or gain on bank holiday Monday! My advice for anyone concerned about their own weight is to do the 7 7 7 challenge of 7 glasses of water and 7 fruit and 7 veg a day for 7 days!!! Happy Easter.x smile

Angie1970 Thu 08-May-14 22:54:28

Hi, I am new to this group after trying to research Elleste Duet 1mg on the internet I came across all you lovely ladies and thought brilliant, I am not the only one get me in there! Lol. I have been taking them for 11 days and so far feel much better (I think) I did have diarrhoea for 2 days from day 9 but I had put this down to me eating too much chocolate after the Easter holidays. After reading all the posts though maybe it wasn’t the choc after all but the pills?? Anyway 2 Imodium tablets sorted me out so I will try not to worry too much at the moment. I was extremely hesitant to take these tablets after reading the possible side effects leaflet as I also lost my sister to ovarian cancer at age 44 almost 5 years ago, I am 44 now. I have not quite hit the menopause yet as my hormone levels are 90ish (sorry I can’t remember the exact number) however my moods were horrendous! I am normally quite laid back but just lately I feared that I was turning into a psychopath, I became snappy, stressed, cried and hated my husband who usually I love dearly (I even told him to move out as I hated the sight of him and removed my wedding ring) I am ashamed to admit it but I even considered driving off a cliff a few times!! Trust me I had never felt like this before and usually I am against suicide as my birth mother committed suicide at age 26 when I was 18 months old so I know how it feels to grow up being left behind wondering why the person did it. Anyway straight away I knew I had to do something so I went to see my GP who has prescribed Elleste Duet 1mg and I am to see her again in a month’s time to see how I am getting on. As I mentioned earlier I am feeling much better in my mood (thank god) however some posts have mentioned mood changes again when it is time to take the green tablet and as you can imagine I am concerned as I never want to feel the way I did ever again for obvious reasons. Can anybody else please offer any advice or their experiences please ASAP as I am only five days away from taking the green tablets? PS my husband still loves me lol xxx

Jackie4s Wed 14-May-14 20:33:07

Glad I have found this site, I have just been prescribed Elleste duet 1mg and I am dubious as to whether I should take it as my mum had breast cancer at 40 years of age and fibroids around the same time so hysterectomy as did my sister, I'm 49 and have turned into a jibbering wreck one minute to a monster the next, my partner is very patient with me bless him but everyone has their limits I know and I worry he will give up on me, after reading the little leaflet that come with the tablets I was distraught and thought I will do this on my own I then come across your forum and I have cried reading some of the posts it has given me a lot of reassurance of the benefits and has made me rethink taking them now,although I'm waiting to see a specialist in a fort nights time to investigate bleeding fibroids at the neck of my cervix and was wondering should I wait to take them until I have the appointment over and done with as I have read they enlarge fibroids or do I bite the bullet and start ASAP?

Jackie4s Fri 16-May-14 14:19:31

After initially being excited at finding this forum I'm really disappointed that the thread seems to have dried up there is no feed back or discussion so I'm afraid I will look elsewhere for support

TittyNotSusan Fri 16-May-14 22:14:27

Hi Jackie

You will be much more likely to get a response if you post a new thread in the menopause forum. This is a very old thread that was started two years ago, so most people won't read to the end of it.

Sorry I don't know the answer to your question about when to start, but just wanted to say good luck at the doctor's.

Angie1970 Wed 21-May-14 08:03:15

I will also be looking elsewhere for support! :-(

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Marylou62 Mon 07-Jul-14 20:54:06

Oh Ladies...quite new to MN and didn't even know about the menopause page!! I went on Elleste last year as having nasty headaches...(eventually diagnosed with a Chiari Malformation...but that's another thread!!) It stopped my (up to 4) night flushes that night...I had tried every homeopathic tablet on the market...Oh what a difference...I lost weight and even my nails started growing again..I understand that it just delays the inevitable but I will be better able to deal with the lack of sleep better when I am retired...not when I have to run around after a 2 year old! (am a nanny) I am 51.

Alexmac1 Tue 29-Jul-14 14:10:05

I'm interested in what people have experienced with weight gain on the Eleste Duo. Many people have said it is a myth but I must disagree as like some others. I was initially taking premique but after 2 weeks my stomach looked like I was 6+ months pregnant! it was that bad that it was pushing up under my ribs. Dr changed me to Elleste duo and while on the white pills my stomach started to return to normal and I felt fine although I had put on 8 pounds from starting any HRT. I weighed myself last Thursday then started the green tablets which I don't like too much and yesterday weighed myself and have put on 4 pounds in 4 days! Now I don't mind getting a bigger chest but my stomach and thighs are uncomfortable. Has anyone experienced this crazy weight gain? Before anyone says I need to watch what I am eating, I have been at the same weight for years and had been eating only salad and protein for 2 weeks! How is this possible? If anyone has experienced this have they found any other HRT that makes you feel so much better without the weight gain? It's taken me 3 years with major symptoms and trying of herbal remedies to finally get the Dr to prescribe me HRT. I am peri menopausal and 44, I finally conceived at 38 after 10+ years of trying and have not felt that I could enjoy my 6 year old for the last 3 years. I can't believe the difference I have felt again towards my daughter since taking HRT and really feel I missed out so much on those happy early days. Now my unhappy feeling is only towards my weight gain......any ideas?

Nesstoria11 Thu 31-Jul-14 21:04:03


I've just started taking it.
Does anyone have any nasty side affects? I'm petrified about taking HRT but I can no longer live with the sweating. I'm showering 4 times a day changing my clothes up to 6 times a day and becoming reclusive.

cuggles Fri 01-Aug-14 08:27:50

Nesstoria, I felt the same and started it two days ago. I had a blood test that day and told the nurse I was putting off starting the tablets and she said it was wonderful and she hasnt looked back so I made a start. However....can anyone offer me a ray of hope: before anyone comments I know I am only two days in and will stick it out for the three months before I return to gp but both days I have taken the tablets at night (a tip I picked up from here to help the potential side effects as can sleep through them) but both times I have had a headache in the night and woke up with a headache and foggy head in the morning which goes after an hr or so.
Will this continue or how long did it take people to get used to the drugs? it is extra annoying as this is a premature menopause which is the only reason I am on the HRT, have no symptoms except no periods and blood tests showing hormones profile, no hot flushes etc to make the HRT seem great! Thanks

DayLillie Sun 03-Aug-14 21:20:55

I had a foggy head and felt brain dead for the first week, then it was fine. Green pills give me spots though.

Tarapalmer Wed 06-Aug-14 09:20:44

Hi All,
I started taking Elleste Duet 28 days ago so just finished my first pack. It's taken most of that time for the flushes and night sweats to stop but they have which us great.
No side effects so far.
I've got a very slight bleed at the moment which I expected not sure how long this goes on. My concern is since day 27 I've had a muzzy headache, feel groggy and fatigued all the time with no energy to do anything is this normal?
Ive lost the slip of paper with instructions on use can someone tell me do I just continue with the new pack straight away?
I would welcome any feed back. Thank you.

DayLillie Wed 06-Aug-14 16:41:33

Yep - start the next pack straight away.

So far, my bleeding has lasted 10 days which is annoying. sad

Hopefulhippy Sat 09-Aug-14 11:46:32

Hi I started the menapause really early 39 am now 52 and have decided I cannot cope with the sleepless drowning in my own sweat nights so have decided to give HRT a go.
So am on day 6 of elleste duet 2mg, I am sti having hot flushes and woke up sweating again last night and my mood swings are awful one day I feel ok and the next I wanna slit my own throat or kill someone! Will it all settled down?? most of the stuff I have read on here is really positive with most peoples symptoms gone within a few days! Any help or advise would be much appreciated ��

Hopefulhippy Thu 14-Aug-14 12:23:39

Hi I have been taking elleste duet 2mg for10 days and I feel quite suicidal and although my hot flushes/night sweats are not as severe they are still there and sometimes still quite bad. I don't know what to do should I give it a bit longer? I have decided to try and take them in the evening instead of a morning to see if that ales a difference. I'm just worried that there not going to work as everyone most people on here se to be having amazing results with them.worried depressed and ipset

DayLillie Thu 14-Aug-14 13:14:41

At day 10 you are still on the oestrogen only. I found it surprisingly hard to adjust (but on a lower dose and had not been so long without oestrogen). After a week, I was ok. But they have not had the desired effect, after 3 months.

Have a look here: If you do a search, you will find lots of people's experiences with hrt.

Make sure you are looking after yourself too, until you adjust, but if you do not feel it is right, see the doctor again.

Hopefulhippy Thu 04-Sep-14 08:29:32

Hi I am on my second month of elleste duet and my night sweats seem to have returned with a vengance! I do have a cold and sore throat and have also been taking pain killers for a bad back!! Am just wondering if anyone else has experienced this. I feel so miserable and unhappy as I thought they had finally gone. Pleas help me if anyone can. Depressed sad

Hopefulhippy Thu 04-Sep-14 08:32:21

Hello, thankyou for your advice so sorry have only just seen this post. I was starting to feel better but seem to have had a relapse now as I have mentioned in my new post. Will have a look at the link you sent me. Thankyou

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

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

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 ..

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.

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?

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.

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?

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 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.

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