I had to use a hormone patch instead of oral hormones for HRT. I had a complete hysterectomy and I was taking a ton of oral hormones but my symptoms were getting worse and worse. My male GYN just wanted to put me on an antidepressant instead of getting to the real problem, of course I fired him. Finally I found a new female GP who did some hormone tests and told me that in spite of the amounts of hormones I was taking, my body was screaming for estrogen. We switched to a patch, actually I tried 2 or 3 until I found one that worked well, and my whole life changed. I used the patch for a few years and then slowly tapered off. Now I just have problems when I'm on Prednisone, it's like going through menopause all over again, lol.
25+years diagnosed with CD.
Numerous surgeries, permanent ostomy, adverse reactions to Remicade, still on Prednisone (my worst enemy), Finally had another surgery hoping for a long remission.