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Published: April 15, 2013

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I am 53 years old and still taking Microgestin 1/120. I am not having periods any more. When I stop the microgestin after two weeks I have terrible night sweats and hot flashes. Last year my GYN said I could stay on them for a couple more years. What is your opinion? I also just purchased I-cool, can they be taken together?

Thank you,


Dear M,

Taking Microgestin is a useful way to transition into menopause. But stopping them can cause hot flashes to return. If you want to stop the pill, talk with your doctor about tapering the dose so it isn’t all at once. That will help you deal with the lowering dosages of hormones. It can take up to 3 months to taper off completely. It is not harmful taking I-cool with it. But as always, it’s important for you to discuss the use of i-Cool with your doctor.

Good Health to You,

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