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Hormone Delivery - HRT - Transdermal PatchWhat do I need to know about hormone patches?


Hormone patches are a transdermal option of hormone therapy. The patches are applied to your skin–usually the buttocks/hip area or abdomen–where the hormones are then absorbed through your skin over a period of days.

If you are dealing with some menopause symptoms, you are probably also considering if hormone replacement therapy (HRT) is right for you. Hormone patches are one of the delivery systems you may want to consider for your hormone needs. Here is what you need to know about patches as you make your decision.

Where do the hormones in patches come from?


The estradiol in patches is derived from soy or yams and is bio-identical to what your ovaries created. The progestin in combination patches is a synthetic hormone.

What are the benefits of hormones in patch form?


The hormones in the transdermal patches are absorbed through the skin so they do not have to make a first pass through the digestive system. This allows you to use a lower dose of hormones, prevents much of the hormones from being lost, and does not overly stress your liver.

Patches can come in lower or higher doses depending on your needs. Also, as different parts of the body affect absorption, hormone dose can also be adjusted a bit by where you wear the patch.

The patch offers systemic menopause symptom relief. There is also a low dose version that does not offer menopause symptom relief but can help reduce the risk of menopause related osteoporosis.

Because the patch lasts for several days, you do not have to remember it on a daily basis. The design of the patch allows for a steady dose of hormones to be released during that time period if you wear it as directed.

The patch can be a convenient transdermal option without the mess of topical options like creams.

What are the disadvantages of using hormones in patch form?


You may react to the adhesive in the patches which can cause an uncomfortable rash.

The patch needs to stick well for it to be effective, so you will need to follow a few steps to prep the area as well as use a patch that will stick well with your skin and not come loose or wrinkle.

Depending on your skin, the fat beneath it, and other variables, your adsorption of the hormones in the patch can vary.

What's best for me?


As each woman is unique, you and your doctor will need to work together to determine which hormones you may need and which delivery system may be best for you. Your specific circumstances, lifestyle, and preferences can all play a role in your decision. If you are looking for a transdermal option that does not need to be used on a daily basis, the hormone patch may be right for you.


This content was written by staff of HysterSisters.com by non-medical professionals based on discussions, resources and input from other patients for the purpose of patient-to-patient support.

10-31-2014 - 02:59 PM


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