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    Has anyone else had any experience with testosterone supplementation (being a female)? I stopped using mine altogether over 2 weeks ago and my pain has decreased significantly. I had been on it since March '03 and was in a lot of pain from May till recently. Curious to know if anyone else has had this happen, because I'm 99% sure that's what was making me so miserable IC-wise.

  • #2
    Testosterone cream about killed me after the 1st dose so I quit.

    My bellydance "sisters" , our dogs, and me.


    • #3
      Thanks for your reply, Dianne.

      It took a couple of months for the testosterone to get to a level in my body that it caused problems with pain, but then it just wouldn't let up; halving the dose didn't help, so I went back up to the higher dose (which was still pretty small), still unsure what was happening. Finally what happened was I broke out with facial acne all of a sudden, and I thought "bingo" that's a sign of too much testosterone. I quit that day and have felt varying degrees of improvement ever since then, 2 1/2 weeks ago.



      • #4
        sorry i have never tried it. which i had an answer for you.
        Medicine taken daily or as needed:
        1. Heaprin and Marcaine rescue installment 1 to 3x daily as needed.
        2. MS.Cotin 100mg 3x daily
        3. MSIR 30mg 1 or 2 every 4-6hrs as needed for breakthrew pain.
        4. Fentanyl 100 mg Change every 48hrs.
        5. Gentamicin 80mg install after each rescue treatment
        5 Leviquin 500mg self start as needed.
        6. Klonopin 1 or 2 daily as needed.
        7. Prosed/DS as 1 every 6hrs as needed.

        I have IC, but IC doesn't have me anymore!


        • #5
          dminton hi there!
          I wish I had an answer for you.
          I am glad that you are felling a little better.
          grouphug grouphug
          Please take care.Love, Zookeeper Kim
          Animals are very comforting when
          pain & life gets you down...

          Keep your head held high and don't let any thing bring you down.


          • #6
            I respond the same way to the hormones in b.c.

            I take it because of my hormones, they are all outta wack and out there!!

            But everytime I put a new patch on I flare. And I used to get the progesterone shots, and every time I had a shot the pain/freq/urg came back twice as strong. Pills, too. I think hormones in general just make my IC worse, and yet they help others.
            Mommy to 2 crazy, wonderful kids and wife to the most amazing man in the world!


            • #7
              Low dose testosterone helped me. Monitoring the total hormone level was the key for me.


              • #8
                About six years ago when I was going thru menopause, my gyn put me on HRT. After about a year of taking them I started to have ic symtoms. One of the side effects of HRT is UTI. I very seldom ever had UTI. As the symtoms became more and more evident I took the initiative and discontinued use of HRT. I, somehow like to think that maybe my IC is as a result of the HRT. Any thoughts on that.