I'm 50 and have been on hrt 50 patches for a few years for oestrogen and a mirena for progesterone. I just feel that they're not absorbing at the moment (joint problems and nightsweats). and I went back to my GP to discuss this. I don't have a huge amount of confidence in her knowledge on the menopause, but I wondered about trying out oestrogel for a while to see if that's any better. Anyone swapped from patches to the gel and found it better?
I've never used patches because I don't like the idea of my HRT being so obvious with a patch stuck to my bum but I have used Oestrogel for 8 years. I love it because certainly in the first few months you can adjust the dose yourself ( starting dose is 2 pumps but you can go down or up.) Some people find the gel messy but the way I use it to divide the 2 pumps into morning and night application, so I apply one squirt divided between my palms then spread onto upper outer arms.
TBH I'd not worry too much about that. You can't do a direct comparison as they are different products. A 50mcg patch is a medium dose. 2 pumps of gel is low-medium and the suggested starting dose. If you swap I'd start on 2 pumps for a month and see how it feels.
it's best to start with 1 pump for 2-4 weeks and see if that controls symptoms (whatever yours are without HRT.)
If it doesn't fully work then go up to 2 pumps.
I don't hink 5 days is long enough to make any decision. It could be that your patches weren't being absorbed so your body needs to adjust to more oestrogen. But reducing to 1 pump should give you an idea of what works and what doesn't.