The Vivelle Dot: So Far, So Good
I have been using the Vivelle Dot – a bioidentical transdermal estradiol for almost one week, and I’m here to tell you, I am beginning to feel better all ready.
Yes, you read that right.
In less than one week of using the patch, I have noticed a difference in my sleep and in my brain function. I will confess, I just recently finalized one very acrimonious divorce which has taken the wind out of my sails in the worst way. I do not underestimate the impact it has had on my physical body. I have struggled with a level of exhaustion that is hard to articulate.
But, I am also a very observant person who notices subtle changes around me, and in my body. So, while I do believe the stress of my divorce has taken a very real toll on my physical health, I do not believe all of my physical challenges the past couple of years have been entirely due to stress.
I have been fully menopausal for almost two years now. During this time, I have noticed a steady decline in my physical vitality. All women experience a decline in estrogen in the post-menopause years, which can manifest n many different ways.
For me, I’ve noticed these particular symptoms:
- Chronic and unrelenting fatigue
- Hot flashes and night sweats
- Feeling depressed and overwhelmed
- Mood swings and irritability
- Insomnia and restless sleep
- Fuzzy thinking and brain fog
- Stiffness and joint pain
- Vaginal atrophy
- Urinary incontinence
- Changes in my skin
For most of my adult life, I have been a very physically fit, highly athletic person. I was a competitive runner and bicyclist in my 20s and 30s, and still continued to run distances well into my 40s.
So, for me to have no energy, and struggle to form a complete sentence because I can’t remember the last word that I spoke, along with debilitating joint and muscle pain, these past two years of menopause have been extraordinarily difficult for me. I am also beginning to believe that perhaps my fibromyalgia diagnosis last fall is related to the decline in estrogen I’ve experienced as I’ve passed into the post-menopause years.
I do not know how I will fair in the long term using the Vivelle Dot. But, I can tell you that my immediate impressions are very, very good. I realize that estrogen therapy is not an option for everyone for a variety of different reasons. It may well be that I personally only take it for a short time. If you have been giving thought to possibly trying a bioidentical estradiol for your perimenopause and menopause symptoms, you might want to discuss the Vivelle Dot with your physician.
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.