My gynecologist recently started me on an estrogen patch to treat my hot flashes and night sweats. I already feel so much better! But when I change my patch, the old one leaves sticky adhesive behind. Are there any secrets to putting the patch on or taking it off to avoid this? Once the goo is there, how can I get it off?Anonymous
I know exactly what you mean about that gooey little black ring that is left behind when you peel off your old estrogen patch. It can be itchy and ugly and can attract sweater fuzz and the like. Gross! It is also important to attach the new patch to clean skin so that it sticks well and stays in place for the next four or seven days (depending on the type of patch you are prescribed), and that the hormones in the patch are able to cross into your skin and then on to your circulation — they do you no good trapped between the patch and the goo.
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