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Last week I went to see the GP to get several prescriptions refilled. The lovely doctor was happy to fill everything except my prescription for oestrogen. She said it is illegal to prescribe oestrogen in France, despite the fact that this was prescribed following partial hysterectomy. Has anyone else encountered this problem? I googled this and found nothing.
 

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Can't help with the technical details, I'm afraid. However, across Europe and the US there is a wide difference in medical practice. In some countries a medical condition is recognised, in another it is not, or put with another condition. Some medications are freely available over the counter is some countries, prescription only in others, and, as you have found out, unavailable in others!

This, of course, does not help with your immediate and real problem. I can only suggest you go back to your medicin traitant with all you op notes and prescriptions etc. Ask your doc what he would prescribe in your case to a French woman. (plenty of big H ops in France, so there must be an answer!)

Good luck!

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Dej is right - there are many differences between the medical practices and recommendations between the US and France. In your case, you may want to go see a gyne to see what they recommend. (You also don't need a referral from your GP to see a gyne.)

France was real gung ho on HRT past the point where they started having doubts about it in the US, and it may actually be a matter of the specific medications available (or not) over here. Plus, there are some medications that can only be prescribed by a "specialist" and not by a GP and that may be what you've run into. (Or maybe not.)
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Dej is right - there are many differences between the medical practices and recommendations between the US and France. In your case, you may want to go see a gyne to see what they recommend. (You also don't need a referral from your GP to see a gyne.)

France was real gung ho on HRT past the point where they started having doubts about it in the US, and it may actually be a matter of the specific medications available (or not) over here. Plus, there are some medications that can only be prescribed by a "specialist" and not by a GP and that may be what you've run into. (Or maybe not.)
Cheers,
Bev
French doctors can definitely prescribe something (I have a family member here who is on HRT post a hysterectomy at a young age). I assume the OP was not prescribed oestrogen on its own in the US - that would most certainly not be prescribed here given the enormous risks associated with oestreg - but rather a combination with something else. I would definitely suggest seeing a gynae, who will not only prescribe something appropriate, but follow the OP's progress over time and adjust the medication as required. A gynae is most definitely a better route than a GP in the circumstances. Not sure what health insurance cover the OP has at the moment, but she can rest assured that a standard visit to a gynae in France is not expensive.
 
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