What are Evorel Conti patches and what are they used for?
Evorel Conti patches are a combined form of hormone replacement therapy (HRT), used to treat symptoms of the menopause. Most HRT treatments involve daily tablets. However, Evorel Conti is a patch that is placed on the skin and changed twice per week.
Each Evorel Conti patch slowly releases two active ingredients estradiol (3.2mg) and norethisterone (11.2mg) which imitate the action of the two female sex hormones oestrogen and progesterone. It is a convenient alternative for patients who cannot or prefer not to swallow tablets every day.
Evorel Conti is a continuous combined treatment that does not involve a regular period. For this reason, Evorel Conti patches are suited for women who have already reached the menopause but still suffer from distressing symptoms.
If you are switching from another HRT product, leave one week without treatment before you begin using Evorel Conti patches. HRT should only be necessary as a relatively short-term treatment as your body adjusts to the menopause. You should review your HRT with your GP at least once a year and have regular gynaecological checkups.
What is the menopause?
All women go through the menopause. This usually occurs between the ages of 45 and 55. As you approach this age, your ovaries will produce less and less oestrogen. This has the effect of stopping the menstrual cycle, but the change in hormone levels can lead to several symptoms that may substantially impact day-to-day life.
Physical symptoms of the menopause include:
- hot flushes (a spontaneous heat that spreads throughout the body, leading to blushing, sweating and an unusually strong heartbeat)
- night sweats
- dryness of the eyes or vagina
- psychological effects such as irritability, insomnia and depression
How does HRT work?
Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) eases the symptoms of menopause by supplementing the levels of hormones that the body can produce naturally. Some medicines are oestrogen-only. However, in women who still have a uterus, an uncontrolled increase in oestrogen levels will cause the lining of the uterus (the endometrium) to grow excessively.
This will substantially increase your risk of complications such as endometrial cancer. Evorel Conti patch also contains norethisterone acetate, a synthetic version of progesterone to help counteract this increased risk.
Alternatives to Evorel Conti Patches
There are currently multiple variations of HRT available on prescription including those containing just oestrogen or combined HRT, such as Evorel Conti, that contain both synthetic oestrogen and progesterone. Evorel Conti patches contain the same active ingredients as Femseven Conti patches.
HRT comes in the form of tablets, patches and vaginal gels. For more information about what HRT you can buy from The Independent Pharmacy visit our Advice for Menopause page.
If you are looking to start HRT or would like to change to a different treatment you should discuss your options with your doctor or specialist.
Non-medicinal alternatives for the symptoms of Menopause
For Night Sweats and Hot Flushes
- Using A fan
- Cool Showers
- Wearing light clothing
- A healthy diet and regular exercise
- Stopping Smoking