I would really appreciate hearing about other women's experience in this area.
I stopped using Estrogel (bioidentical estrogen cream) a month ago, perhaps foolishly, after reading over and over again (not so much here as elsewhere) that no woman should ever use E for more than five years, or there is an increased risk of breast (and possibly ovary?) cancer.
I was not put on E and P because I was peri-menopausal back in 2011 (I was 42 at the time), but because I was diagnosed with adrenal fatigue.
After my last cycle finished three weeks ago, I did not go back on E. I have continued to use Utrogestan, bio-identical progesterone, which I was put on at the same time as E back in late 2011. I have been using E day 5-15 of cycle, and P day 15-25, thus following my doctor's instructions. The reason I continued to use P is that I've read that peri-menopausal women are likely to be P deficient as the P production decreases by as much as 90% during this period...much more than E.
These past few weeks, I have noticed something strange: an increased need to urinate. I can go to the bathroom and then feel the need to go again 10-15-minutes later. At first, I thought it was just psychological, but I really seem to be producing much more urine lately. This has been even more noticeable on two occasions: three weeks ago, about the time my last period started, and for the past few days (this is day 19 of cycle). I know E levels are low right before menstruation and start decreasing during the second half of cycle as P levels peak, and wonder if low E levels can cause you to urinate more frequently...therefore, it would be interesting to find out if anyone else has experienced this? There is no other logical explanation that I can think of...because I have not started drinking more lately.
Lately, I have been going to the bathroom much more frequently than usual; sometimes up to three times an hour...and I've really needed to go.