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Name: bonnie

Hi. I'm 52 and about 3 years post menopause. I am unable to have intercourse because of dryness and pain. I've tried the vaginal estrogens, but I got yeast infections from them. I used progesterone cream on my skin, but that didn't help with libido. I think it made me cranky. A couple of years ago I used triest but that made me feel premenstral. Would testosterone cream be helpful. For some reason, my gyn doesn't seem very pro-alternatives. I don't know what to do. I don't want bloating or weight gain side effects. I'm vibrant, healthy and wonder if I need to accept that intercourse can no longer be a part of my life.... Thanks

Dear Bonnie:

Testosterone works well, but in your case I would work with estradiol and micronized progesterone for a few months to balance your hormones from the inside out and then, if your vagina is still dry, start testosterone around your clitoris.

If you want my help, call my office and make a telephone appointment with me.

Best wishes,

Dr. Erika

Author of The Hormone Solution

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