Combining these weeks because I’ve been crazy busy and haven’t had time to blog for a long while.
I paused HRT on 6 October and started again on 27 October. I’ll explain why I decided to start again in a different post.
Week one pause: Felt a bit more physical energy than normal, but not entirely outside of normal variance. Breast bud tenderness decreased significantly, but not entirely, as did feelings of tissue fullness. Emotionally I was a wreck, but I think this had more to do with the external stressors in my life than any HRT withdrawal.
Week two pause: Noticed areola coloring lightening somewhat. Decreased sensitivity and additional breast bud shrinkage, but not as dramatic as the first week. Burned out, tired, stressed out. I have no way of telling how much of that was hormonal.
Week three pause: Areola coloring returned to maybe 80-90% pre-HRT coloring. Tenderness entirely gone, but breast buds remained and still give a painful jolt if directly whacked. No sensation of fullness or growth at all. No reduction in overall size or shape across the three weeks. Emotionally drained due to additional life stress.
Week 20 HRT – Dose: 2mg/day. Physical: Mild increase in sensitivity. Emotional: Anxious, but at peace with the decision to start again. External life stress still high, particularly around work and housing issues.
Week 21 HRT – Dose: 2mg/day. Physical: Additional mild increase of sensitivity. Areola coloring beginning to darken again, roughly half way between pre-HRT and last HRT check-in. Emotional: Feeling a bit more stable, but moody, like tears are a moment away for long stretches. Had a stressful weekend with little physical rest and felt emotionally tired most of the week.