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6 Interesting Facts about Transdermal Hormones

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Woman wearing estrogen gel and lotion and patchWhat are some interesting facts about transdermal hormones?

If you are dealing with menopause symptoms, you may be trying to decide if hormone replacement therapy (HRT) is right for you. As you work through the decision process, you'll want to learn all you can about the different hormone delivery systems to help you decide which one might be right for you. One type you can consider is transdermal hormones. There are pros and cons for using this type of hormone, and there are a number of different transdermal products you can choose from.

Below are some surprising and interesting tidbits about transdermal hormones that can help you learn more about this type of hormones so you can make the best decision for you.

1. There are lots of delivery systems!

Transdermal means the hormone will be absorbed through your skin, but that can be done several different ways. You can choose a patch, gel, cream, ointment, or spray. Which choice is right for you may depend how often you want to apply it, where you want to apply it, and how your skin absorbs the product.

2. There are both bio-idential and synthetic options that you can buy pre-made or have compounded.

Transdermal hormones can be bio-dential or synthetic, and you can buy them pre-made at your local pharmacy or have them made specifically for you by a compounding pharmacy. An example of pre-made bio-idential estrogen is EstroGel®. Premarin cream is a pre-made synthetic choice. Or, a compounding pharmacist could make you an estrogen ointment with a base that works well for your skin and in a dose that is right for you.

3. There can be fewer side effects.

Transdermal hormones can allow you the benefit of the hormone without all the side effects. Transdermals do not first go through the digestive track and don’t have to first be processed by the liver, so you can use a lower dose. As a result, you can minimize the side effects and gastrointestinal upsets. How the medication is processed and delivered can also help minimize side effects while maximizing overall affect of the hormone.

4. You can pass transdermal hormones to your pets or other people!

One concern about transdermal hormones is that you can pass them to others. If your pet or another person comes in contact with the transdermal hormone on your skin or hands, they can absorb some of it. That’s why it is important to wash your hands with soap and water after applying. The skin also needs to dry completely before coming in contact with other people or pets.

5. Your skin might not allow transdermal hormones to absorb well.

Your skin was designed to be a protective layer. Depending on your skin, it may not allow some transdermal hormones to absorb well enough. It can take some trial and error with the different types and doses to see what might work for you.

6. Depending on your choice, they can be messy or neat, and you might be able to adjust doses.

Transdermal creams, gels, and ointments can be a bit messy to use and apply, and some may leave a residue. If they are not in a pre-measured container, they can also be hard to measure, but you adjust the dose. On the other hand, a patch or pre-measured gel like EstroGel® can be easy and discreet to apply, but you won't be able to easily adjust the dose.

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.

01-15-2016 - 02:00 PM


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