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Oxfordblue Fri 10-Aug-18 08:40:22

I've never reply been spotty in my life & now, at the ripe old age of 49, I'm on my 2nd month of horrible spots along my jaw line sad They are quite sore & itchy, the type that weep a bit to form a crust (nice!) but don't really have a head.
I've read that the HRT hormones can cause this, the rush of hormones similar to puberty.
Femoston was my first HRT, which I was on for 5 mths, then I went to a Menopause clinic & got gels. The dosage was quite high at 4 pumps a day & 200mg Utrogestan 14 days a mth. I was given 3 mths of this & although all fine, found the 4 pumps of gel a bit of a faff. I was also have a pea size amount of testosterone most days.
At some stage in July I ran out of the gel & because I was going back to the clinic )& my go a bit fussy with my prescription) I thought I'd use my last mth of femoston. Randomly I came out in horrible painful spots, I did think I'd been bitten. Immediately stopped the testosterone, had my clinic appointment, who said if 2 pumps a day of oestrogen was working for me that's fine, continue with the 14 days of Utrogestan & here's more testosterone.
Spots took almost 4 weeks to go & then less than a week after my gel & Utrogestan, I've got spots again shock
I feel like I want to scratch my face off. They've popped up in the same place but not quite as bad & I'm trying not to touch them.
Can anyone advise what best to do? I'm keeping my sysmptons at bay but I'm not sure I want to put up with itchy zits for 3 weeks a mth.

QueenoftheNights Fri 10-Aug-18 11:52:48

not clear if you ares till using testosterone but if you are, that will be it. it's androgenic and likely to cause acne.

Oxfordblue Fri 10-Aug-18 15:40:11

Not used the testosterone since the first spots about 4 weeks ago.

I understand the oestrogel has a small amount, or converts some of the estrogen into testosterone?

There were no problems when I first started the oestrogen gel/progesterone (+ testosterone) in April.

Is it possible my levels are now up?

QueenoftheNights Fri 10-Aug-18 20:30:55

I don't know to be honest. I've never heard of estrogen converting to testosterone. It could be the Utrogestan. ie= PMS type spots caused by added progesterone.

Oxfordblue Sat 11-Aug-18 08:06:33

queenofnights that makes sense, do you think I could go from 14 days of Utrogestan down to 12? I've seen it mentioned on here a couple of times.
I'm currently using 2 x pumps of gel everyday of the mth.

QueenoftheNights Sat 11-Aug-18 08:57:00

That should be fine. Some women under supervision use only 10 days or even 7.

QueenoftheNights Sat 11-Aug-18 08:58:01

By 'under supervision' I mean usually with a consultant's consent and access to pelvic scans if any irregular bleeding happens.

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