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The Vivelle Dot: My Opinion So Far

Posted Apr 16 2013 12:00am

I have been using the Vivelle Dot, a transdermal, bioidentical estradiol for approximately one week now, and the verdict is in:

I’m feeling better.

The first thing I noticed after a couple of days of use, was the lifting of the brain fog.  The dense weight of short-term memory issues has not completely dissipated, but I am hoping that as I continue to use the patch, I will see continued improvement.  My sleep has improved as well.

I’m going to be completely honest, I struggled quite a bit with this decision.  Mainly because I have been so anti-estrogen here at The Perimenopause Blog.  I mean, I haven’t been a Nazi about it, but close. Estrogen dominance is a serious problem for women in perimenopause.

It is responsible for many of the nasty symptoms of perimenopause women suffer with, and I know that. So, for me to consider using estrogen to treat my own menopause symptoms, hasn’t been a decision I’ve taken lightly.

But, here’s the thing:  I’m continuing to learn, grow, and evolve as a blogger and women’s health writer.  When I first began doing this, I had no clue it would lead me to where I am today – one year away from a master’s degree, and three years away from a PhD.

I honestly did not see myself becoming an advocate for women’s health, and I certainly didn’t anticipate that my voice and opinion as a health advocate would be important to other women.  So, I do take this responsibility very seriously.

It is my desire to keep this blog honest and transparent.  As I learn more, I may change my position and views on things.  But, for the most part, I wish to continue operating based on an excellent piece of advice I received from a physician once:

“Get in the middle and stay objective”

The medical field is fluid.  I believe you all know that.  Research is constantly changing the face of medicine and the opinions of health professionals.  While I certainly believe that growth and change is a healthy thing, it can also be incredibly frustrating – especially for women looking for help for their perimenopause symptoms .

The last thing I wish to do is increase that frustration.

Women’s health is also big business.  There are “experts” on every corner who are working very hard to convince you and me that they are right and everyone else is wrong. It’s nothing short of maddening. Again, I do not wish to add to the cacophony of expert voices, all clamoring for your loyalty.  I will continue to do what I have always done: be straight forward and honest with you; share my personal experiences with you, and give you my opinion.

I will also continue to provide the best medical information possible so that you can make the best decisions for your own health.  So, in light of that, my opinion on the Vivelle Dot, a bioidentical estradiol in a transdermal patch, is going well for me so far.

I will continue to share with you how I’m feeling and what my opinions of this particular product is.

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