I just came back from NYC to see Dr. Steven Goldstein who wrote the book "Could it be Perimenopause". He is an expert on the subject. I have been having a year from hell. Anxiety, no sleep, depression and just not feeling like me any more. I finally started Paxil about 6 weeks ago and I am at the lowest dose (12.5mg) and it's not working at all. I am sleeping better, but I have this heaviness in my chest that won't go away and restlessness that won't quit. Anyway, Dr. Goldstein wants to try me on the Ortho Evra patch to even out my hormones. Has anyone tried this method for relief from perimenopause? I was going to double the paxil, but he said to try the hormone patch and see if I feel better, then I will know it was the patch and not the paxil. Any suggestions from anyone out there suffering from these symptoms?
I read Could It Be Perimenopause & decided to ask my GYN if birth control could work for me. I also had a horrible year- felt crummy - no energy - food cravings, low moods (ok some attributed to normal life stresses... taking on too much, aging parent, teenage child, etc). My GYN suggested the patch and I've been on it 2 months now. It has helped A LOT with leveling out my mood over the course of the month. My energy level is totally even throughout the month too now - but it's not really higher as I wish it could be. The down side ... I'm ravenous! I have gained a lot of weight - a size or 2 (I can't bear to go near a scale given the way I look and the way my clothes fit). ALSO my breasts are tender and I went up more than a cup size! SO is it worth it? I don't know... I'm not crabby due to hormone fluctuations but I'm bummed out about the weight & not feeling like going to the gym. I'm going to give it one more month & try to get back to my exercise regime which I let go (I can't totally attribute the lack of motivation for exercise to the patch but I was an avid exerciser before). Of course the problem with all this is no one seems to experience the same side effects... but just thought I'd share mine. GOOD LUCK!
I have had a similar experience- i BEGAN USING THE PATCH FOR HOT FLASHES AND INSOMNIA- IT DID HELP BUT THEN i STARTED WONDERING IF IT WAS WORTH IT- WENT OFF FOR 2 WEEKS AND THE NIGHT SWEATS WERE RIGHT BACK AND THE INSOMNIA WITHIN A WEEK- I GOING TO STICK WITH IT- THE WEIGHT ISNT A BIG ISSUE BUT i WORK OUT ALOT MORE AND THE SCALE DOESNT BUDGE.