I wonder if you have any tips about stopping HRT patches falling off? The woman in question is on a 7 day patch and finds they keep coming off every time she has a shower. Is there something she could do differently or is this a problem with specific patches that is best remedied by changing her to a different patch? Thanks
Patient. Don't want to put too much because of confidentiality. Seems less than ideal posting here, sorry, I feel like I should know the answers (GP registrar) but I can't find them anywhere and it seemed like something people who had actually used them would know best!
What I understand from reading around (no direct experience) is that the femseven ones are more likely to fall off, and that warming them on your skin for a while before attempting to put them on helps them stick better. I have even read of someone using a hair dryer to make sure it is stuck.
I wear the Estradot patches. They're pretty good at staying on most of the time. The one time one fell off was when I had it too high on my hip and I think I caught it pulling my panties up/down.
I tend to warm a patch up before applying it, and make sure my hands are warm too as this seem to help it adhere. I also don't ever use any body lotions or talc on the area of abdomen where I wear my patches.
When showering I am careful to not rub over the patch with my hand or sponge etc. And afterwards I just gently pat the area dry with a towel and don't rub.
I have heard a hair dryer can help them stick. I refuse patches as I am not wearing adverting for a pharmaceutical company plus I like my privacy. I have Oestrogel and Ultrogestan (progesterone) both of which are bioidentical and fabulous. Oetsrogen gel is an alternative to patches. NHS cost is about the same