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Do This - Not That: Hormone Creams, Gels, and Ointments

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If I choose to use estrogen creams, gels, or ointments as part of my HRT, are there some tips I should follow?If I choose to use estrogen creams, gels, or ointments as part of my HRT, are there some tips I should follow?

If you are dealing with some common menopause symptoms, you may choose to try transdermal creams, gels, or ointments as part of your hormone replacement therapy (HRT). One benefit of this option is that it can be created specifically for you and your loved ones.

Like any other hormone delivery system, there are some pros and cons to consider. In addition, creams, gels, and ointments can pose some unique challenges to those around you. If you and your doctor determine that this type of HRT is right for you, here are several tips you should follow for both you and those around you.


  • Decide if you will use a pre-made or custom made option.
  • Decide if you want a product with a single hormone or combination of hormones.
  • Always thoroughly wash and dry your hands before touching it.
  • Choose an area free of blemishes and irritations when applying it.
  • Always clean and dry the area before applying it.
  • Only use the amount prescribed by your physician.
  • Apply it only as directed–no more and no less.
  • Once it’s applied, allow it to dry completely before covering or touching the area.
  • Wash your hands completely after applying it.
  • Store it out of reach of pets and children.
  • Stop using it and call your doctor if you develop a rash or irritation where it was applied.
  • Talk to your doctor if you continue to experience menopause symptoms.


  • Don’t apply it to your face.
  • Don’t apply estrogen products to your breasts.
  • Don’t use it vaginally if it has not been made specifically for that purpose.
  • Don’t use vaginal creams immediately before intercourse.
  • Don’t use over-the-counter phytoestrogen herbs or supplements while using it.
  • Don’t stop using it without talking to your doctor.
  • Don’t apply it where it will be rubbed off by clothing.
  • Don’t let your pets touch or lick the area where it is applied until it is completely dry.
  • Don’t allow others to come in contact with the area where it has been applied until it's dry.
  • Don’t give up if your first choice does not work–there are a number of different bases which can be used and the amount of hormone can also be adjusted.

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.

11-18-2014 - 01:20 PM


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