My Estrogen patches are burning me! 🙁 Because I never made it through the 2ww without bleeding half way through, my Dr has put me onto stronger supplementation this time around to see if we can get me through a 2ww. Hence the Gestone injections for Progestrone supplementation and Estraderm on top of Estrapause as my Estrogen supplements. The Estraderm patches are worn on my lower abdomen and are replaced every two days. Yesterday I removed my first patch and replaced it with a second one. What I found under the original Estraderm patch surprised me. The skin is raw, raised, bumpy and very very itchy and, oh boy, if I scratch it, it burns like fire. I’m so <not> looking forward to replacing my second patch tomorrow, I’m slightly worried about what my stomach is going to look like after the 2ww, I”m going to one mass of patchy, itchy, burny, splotchy, blistered skin.

I mean, does this look normal to you (excuse the rather ugly-laporscopy-scarred-multiple-times belly button)

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So I did a little bit of googling on Estraderm and its side effects and this is what I found:

Side Effects of Estraderm – for the Consumer

Estraderm Patch

All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome when using Estraderm Patch:

Bone or limb pain; breakthrough bleeding; breast tenderness; dizziness or lightheadedness; neck or back pain; nausea; skin redness/irritation at the application site; upset stomach; weight change.

Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur when using Estraderm Patch:Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); abnormal vaginal bleeding; breast lumps; breast pain; changes in vaginal bleeding (eg, spotting, breakthrough bleeding, prolonged bleeding); changes in vision or speech (eg, change in contact lens fit, loss of vision); chest pain; coughing of blood; mental/mood changes (eg, severe depression, memory loss); one-sided weakness; pain or tenderness in calves or chest; pain, swelling, or tenderness in the stomach; severe headache or vomiting; sudden, severe headache, vomiting, dizziness, or fainting; sudden shortness of breath; swelling of hands or feet; unusual vaginal discharge, itching, or odor; weakness or numbness of an arm or leg; yellowing of the skin or eyes.

And the crazy part is, I’m loathe to seek medical attention, I know if I contact my RE in this regard he’s going to make me stop the patch and then what? Then we’re back to square one… I so badly wanted to go into this FET with all bases covered so that should it fail I’d know we’d tried everything. With that in mind, I may just keep this little side effect a secret between you and me and not share it with my RE, not for now anyway.

As it stands right now, despite what I’ve been told from other IF sista’s, the Gestone is a walk in the park in comparison to the Estraderm Burn! And I’ll do a posting tomorrow about what makes the Gestone shots so much fun!