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Elleste Duet and painful bleeds?

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Rafflesway Tue 31-May-16 11:18:21

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PollyPerky Tue 31-May-16 12:46:04

Sympathies. I too have had really bad period pains on HRT but not all the time.I am on long-cycle HRT so have a bleed once every 2 months which is in effect once every 10 weeks. I couldn't bear to have monthly periods in my 60s. I might have on average a painful bleed twice a year which sends me to bed for half a day and I certainly couldn't risk going out- feel sick, faint, diarrhoea.It's very hard to plan work and things around it all.
I don't know why it happens. I don't want to use conti HRT- tried it and didn't like using 2 hormones daily. I have a tiny fibroid- about 3cms,I'm told and it's never grown in 7 years on HRT.

I don't know the answer, but if you want to try conti HRT which is bleed-free that might be right for you.

Rafflesway Tue 31-May-16 13:20:56

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Rafflesway Tue 31-May-16 13:24:34

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PollyPerky Tue 31-May-16 14:25:24

Thanks for the confidence boosting comment- (have just been savaged on another health thread by someone who says I'm evangelical over HRT and another who says I'm a HRT tzar- and not in a nice way!)

Long cycle HRT tends to be the preserve of private consultants because there is a slightly higher risk of hyperplasia, and they can whip you in for a scan quickly, or even do scans as part of health checks every now and then (paid for of course.)

Having said that, there are some women on long cycle who are getting HRT from their GPs but you may have to work hard at persuading yours. Worth asking.

Rafflesway Tue 31-May-16 17:01:28

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PollyPerky Tue 31-May-16 17:11:08

It's a problem isn't it? I know of a few women like you and me (via chats etc) so it's not hugely uncommon. It might be wise to ask for a scan just to see what's going on if your GP will organise that.

It's the one thing at the moment that puts me off HRT but my thinking is that one bad day every 8-10 weeks is worth it for the good days in between.

I did talk to my dr about it and he suggested using Utrogestan almost daily 21 days out of 28- and then having a light bleed, but when I tried it, I got daily spotting and felt very tired.

You are right in that daily progestogens- the synthetic sort - ( as in conti HRT) are seemingly linked to a higher risk of breast cancer, which is why I've never used them - even from the start. It's all pros and cons, isn't it?

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