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Approximately 50% of women who are treated with estrogen (especially the estradiol implant) will experience uterine bleeding. If a menopausal patient has bleeding, she must notify her gynecologist or family physician and have an evaluation, which may include a vaginal ultrasound and endometrial biopsy. The primary cause of bleeding is stimulation of the uterus by estrogen. Estrogen also stimulates the breast tissue can cause breast pain and cysts. It also increases the risk of breast cancer. Higher levels of estrogen (in the second half of the menstrual cycle) are
needed for pregnancy. Most women feel better with lower levels of estrogen.
Most women choose a testosterone pellet alone
. Almost all symptoms, including hot flashes, are
relieved with testosterone pellets alone. A study by Sherwin in 1985 looked at testosterone,
testosterone with estradiol, estradiol alone and placebo. The group of women who responded best
(somatic, psychological and total score)…testosterone alone! The groups that did the
worst…estrogen alone and placebo. Higher levels of testosterone were associated with a better
response. These results are expected. Testosterone
not circulating estradiol, is the major
‘substrate’ for estrogen production in the brain, bones, vascular system, breast and adipose tissue.
Some physicians do not understand this and may insist that estrogen therapy is needed.
In both men and women, excess estrogen
can cause anxiety
, weight gain, belly fat, tender
breasts, emotional instability, symptoms of PMS, and mood swings. Long-term exposure to stronger estrogens like estradiol and Premarin can increase the risk of breast cancer. In addition, there is exposure to many estrogen-like chemicals.
Some women (and men) ‘aromatize’ or convert too much testosterone to estradiol, which can
interfere with the beneficial effects of testosterone. An ‘aromatase inhibitor’ (i.e. anastrozole) may
be prescribed to prevent this. Patients, including breast cancer survivors, may be treated with the
If needed, one of the most effective and safest ways to deliver estrogen is vaginally
as a cream or
tablet (Vagifem®) twice weekly. This treats vaginal symptoms like dryness and discomfort, along
with urinary symptoms like urgency, frequency, hesitancy, nocturia (waking at night to urinate) and
(E3) is less stimulatory to the breast tissue and uterus than estradiol and may
be compounded with progesterone
in a single cream. Once tissue has healed and symptoms are
no longer present, the vaginal cream or tablet may be discontinued. Unlike Vagifem®, which is
considered ‘low dose’ estrogen, higher dose Estrace® and Premarin® creams deliver systemic
levels of strong estrogens.
Thin women with a low bmi and little body fat may benefit from systemic estrogen therapy. Testosterone increases muscle mass and bone density while decreasing fatty tissue. However, a
diet of refined carbohydrates/sugars
will prevent weight loss and other benefits of testosterone
implant therapy. Diet and lifestyle (exercise) are extremely important for health and well-being.
Prescription medications can also interfere with the effect of the testosterone implant. For additional
information, see the ‘Trouble Shooting’
may be used in addition to testosterone to help women who have difficulty with
sleep, hot flashes, tension or anxiety. Testosterone and progesterone have beneficial effects on the brain and nervous system.
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