HRT as a treatment option for menopause is extremely flexible not in just its dosage but also in how it is taken. In this article we will go over the different ways to take HRT and their own unique benefits.
HRT (hormone-replacement therapy) can be administered via skin patches. These patches can be self-adhesive and are placed on the skin below your waistline or on your buttocks. You should not place the patches near your breasts.
The hormones in each patch are a set amount that is gradually released into the bloodstream and body throughout the day to relieve menopausal symptoms. You can choose from either estrogen-only patches or combined HRT (estrogen plus progesterone), depending on the prescription.
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HRT (hormone-replacement therapy) spray is a transdermal form of estrogen HRT, meaning it can be applied to the skin. This spray is designed to deliver estrogen into the body to replace what has been lost during menopause. The spray can be applied directly to the skin and is slowly absorbed into the body throughout the day, much like estrogen HRT tablets and gels.
HRT spray delivers estrogen only. You will need to use the HRT spray with a progesterone if you have a womb. Progesterone protects your uterine line and lowers the chance of developing womb cancer.
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Tablets of HRT (Hormone Replacement Therapy), are the most popular form. They replace the declining menopausal hormones (estrogen, progesterone) in our bodies. Many women find tablets a convenient and easy way to manage their menstrual symptoms.
There are 2 main forms of HRT tablets:
- Estrogen-only tablets - These pills will only replace estrogen that has been reduced in your body after menopause. These tablets are generally recommended for women who have had an hysterectomy and no longer have a womb.
- Combined tablets (Estrogen + Progesterone Together) - These tablets contain estrogen as well as progesterone. They are necessary for women with a womb.
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When considering HRT, estrogen gel can be a low-risk option. Gel is a transdermal form of Hormone Replacement Therapy just like HRT Patches, and it has a lower side effect risk than tablets. You will need to take estrogen gel together with progesterone if you have a functioning womb, as progesterone protects the lining of your womb.
The HRT gel is applied to your skin and absorbed into your bloodstream. You can choose from different dosages depending on your prescription and symptoms.
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