Following on from my above post, I saw the GP who told me she wrote to the gyno in September but has not yet got a reply. She will write again. She said I'd been put on the pessaries because the investigations showed some vaginal dryness. I wasn't aware I had 'dryness' and as I don't have any symptoms which I understand HRT is supposed to be to treat, I told her I'd decided to stop using them.
I only wish I hadn't used them in the first place. For the first two weeks I was using Vagifem 25mcg daily for an 'estrogen boost' and then alternate days for the following two weeks, before going on the maintence dose of twice a week. I now read that women should be started on the lower dose (10mcg) and ideally not increased to the higher dose, especially women like me who have an intact womb as this is 'unopposed estrogen'. I also see that some of the research suggests that risk of HRT is higher for women who get migraines, had an abnormal mamogram and benign breast lump, never had children, have a post-menopausal ovarian cyst, a tendency towards high blood pressure, abnormal bleeding (including unexplained haematuria), eat a lot of soya products, mother died of womb cancer around my age... Oh God, I've got every single one of these 'risk factors'.
I was given them in hospital when I was recovering from the general anaesthetic, just given a box of 38 pessaries and told by a nurse to take them home and start using them. Naively I thought at the time they were to ease the soreness of the procedure. I wasn't told the pessaries were HRT, had no prior discussion with a medical person about the pros and cons
I know I should have read up and thought more before starting on them, but I'm angry that doctors are so quick to prescribe treatments that can be dangerous and apparently for no good reason. How can benefits outweigh risks when I didn't even have any troublesome symptoms (it's only since I began using them that I've been getting itching and irritation)?
I think my story illustrates that we women have to be careful to question our treatment, find out as much as we can before commencing it, and not think that just because a doctor prescribes it, it must be okay for us. It's our bodies. Sometimes it's difficult to make decisions about what's best for us because of contradictory information, but treatment should always be as informed and participatory as possible. Yes, I should have already known that!
Hi Jeanie, i have been on the low dosage of these pesseries for the last 10 days, i have to insert every day for 15 days then 1 twice a week, i have noticed i am now getting headaches and my heart seems to be beating a lot more eratic, i have made an appointment with my doctor for thursday as these are a couple of side effects from these things.
1st 10 days using Vagifem no side effects just discharge. Started 3rd week and have cramps and then diarrhea (sometimes). Does it get better?