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More on the Vivelle Dot: It’s Really Helping

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A Post-It note with the word I’ve been using the Vivelle Dot, a bioidentical transdermal estradiol patch for about three weeks now, and I’m here to tell you, I’m a happy camper. My main motivation for trying it was a depression I’ve been having a very tough time shaking, short-term memory issues, and brain fog. I’ll tell you about the chronic joint and muscle pain, and stress urinary incontinence later.

Good times.

As many of you might already know, I’ve been through one very nasty divorce over the past couple of years. So, I do not discount the affect it has had on my moods. Not to mention the overwhelming stress of divorcing in your 50s (let’s just say it’s not a cake-walk, kids), graduate school, single-parenting, and oh yes, remodeling a 3,000 square foot house.

Between the grieving, and coping with monumental stress, it’s safe to say I’ve had more than a few things to be legitimately depressed about. Chronic stress, which affects one’s ability to sleep well, can also cause short-term memory issues, and brain fog as well. So, none of this has been lost on me. I also did not expect that taking estrogen was going to fix all that.  And it hasn’t. But, it has had a noticeable effect on my sleep, my memory, and the brain fog.  

Case in point:

I was contacted recently by a Japanese film production company interested in interviewing me for a re-enactment show on health issues. They were doing a show on the effects of menopause on short-term memory issues and brain fog. They had read some of my posts here at Healthline and at The Perimenopause Blog I had written on the subject.

I was a perfect candidate.

The process began with a Skype interview between myself, one of the show’s producers, and the owner of the production company. The interview, which lasted about two hours, was quite extensive and included many questions about short-term memory issues in general. At the end of the interview, the production company owner remarked that I didn’t seem to have any issues with brain fog or short-term memory loss at all. He was quite impressed with my answers, and said that I was “quite articulate.”

They followed up two days later by sending a film crew to my home to film the interview, and collect more film to put the show together. Again, the interviewer remarked several times that I appeared to have no problems whatsoever with short-term memory issues or brain fog. I explained to him that I had been using the Vivelle Dot patch for about three weeks, and it was clearly having a positive impact.

Am I bouncing around my house with the same vitality I had before menopause? Um, no. I’m 56, people. Those days are over. But, I do feel noticeably clear-headed, with an easier recall time when I’m engaging in conversations with others, or just carrying out my day-to-day activities.

To me, that’s a slam-dunk.

I was prescribed a three-month supply of .05 mgs. The Vivelle Dot is prescribed in five dosage strengths:  0.025, 0.0375, 0.05, 0.075, or 0.1 mg of estradiol per day via the skin.Depending on how I’m feeling at the end of my three-month prescription, I may adjust my dosage up or down. 

Until then, I’m happy to report that it seems to be addressing the symptoms I was having the most trouble with.  I am now curious to find out if it will be effective in reducing my fibromyalgia aches and pains.

We shall see.

Magnolia Miller is a certified healthcare consumer advocate in women’s health and a women’s freelance health writer and blogger at The Perimenopause Blog. 

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Tags: Hormone Therapy , Perimenopause , Symptoms of Menopause

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