I hope it's ok to ask this question here, but there is so much knowledge and expertise here that I really hope that someone has come across the same problem:
I was put on Estrogel in January 2012, along with Utrogestan (natural progesterone). Estrogel was to be taken day 5-25 of cycle, and progesterone day 15-25. I had just turned 43 at the time. My doctor (a Hertoghe doctor) said my labs showed that I was far from meno- or perimenopausal, but that I was put on E and P because of adrenal fatigue (for which I was also put on Medrol, up to 6 mg daily). I was also switched from thyroxine to Armour Thyroid, which was later switched to Erfa.
At the time, I did not know anything about estrogen. I started taking it, along with progesterone, and my periods (that had been regular but heavy and lengthy for years), shortened (went from 8-10 days to 3-4 days) and become much lighter. It was a real relief. I could even stop taking the hormone free supplement (transexamic acid) that I had been taking for years during the heaviest days.
About a year ago, my periods started becoming more and more irregular. My OB-Gyn could not find anything wrong with me. This summer, my periods stopped, and it took three months before they came back in September.
Last month, having read about the importance of not taking estrogen for more than five years, I decided to stop taking it and see if I noticed a difference . My periods came back, once again regular, but much more heavy. Now, I'm on day 10, and no sign of it stopping.
When I read about the use of estrogen, it's often stressed that it should only be used for peri- or menopausal women, and only if their symptoms warrant it. I have also noticed that while progesterone is readily available on reputable sites such as Biovea, estrogen cannot be obtained in the same way. So it seems estrogen warrants more caution...?
My hormone doctor has never said anything about stopping estrogen after five years. I see her once a year, and get a new prescription for all drugs, including Estrogel.
I would really appreciate if anyone who is or has been on estrogen would share your experience with me!