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Femoston HRT for Menopause

Femoston Conti and Femoston 1/10 mg and 2/10 mg are Hormone Replacement Therapies (HRT) that are suitable for postmenopausal women with an intact uterus. Women who use Femoston experience relief from those unwanted symptoms of the menopause. 

Femoston can be bought, online as a repeat prescription, from The Independent Pharmacy by women who have previously been prescribed HRT by their GP or specialist and continue to keep up to date with regular check-ups.

Femoston Information

  • Age: 18 Years +

    Maximum per order: 1

  • Pregnancy: Not suitable

    Breastfeeding: Not suitable

What is Femoston HRT?

Femoston is a Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) suitable for postmenopausal woman, which contains two types of female hormones, estrogen and progestogen and is known as combined HRT. 

Combined HRT is taken every day without a break and is effective at reducing symptoms of menopause such as hot flushes and low mood and preventing the development of the brittle bone disorder, osteoporosis.

 

What is Femoston used for?

During the menopause, a woman’s estrogen levels naturally start to reduce. This can cause many women to endure unpleasant symptoms. Femoston can help to relieve postmenopausal symptoms improving the enjoyment of your daily life.

Menopause symptoms include:

  • Hot flushes & night sweats
  • Disturbed sleep
  • Reduced sex drive
  • Difficulty remembering or concentrating
  • Vaginal dryness
  • Headaches
  • Low mood or anxiety
  • Fragile bones (osteoporosis)

 

How does Femoston work?

Femoston is available on prescription as either Femoston Conti and Conti-Low or Femoston 1/10mg and 2/10 mg. These two versions of Femoston are both combined HRT that contain two hormones that replicate the female sex hormones estrogen and progesterone to reduce symptoms of the menopause. The two hormones contained in Femoston are Estradiol (estrogen) and Dydrogesterone (synthetic progesterone). 

 

Femoston Conti

Femoston Conti is available on prescription as either 0.5/2.5mg (low) or 1/5mg tablets. Each tablet contains both Estradiol and Dydrogesterone and is taken every day with a break. 

Femoston Conti can be prescribed to postmenopausal women who have not had a natural menstrual bleed for at least 12 months but have an intact uterus. Women should not expect to have a monthly bleed while taking Femoston Conti.

 

Femoston Conti Benefits

Research has been conducted that has shown that taking HRT that just contains Estradiol (estrogen) can increase the risk of developing uterine cancers. 

It is, therefore, recommended that for women who still have an intact uterus that they only take HRT, which contains both Estradiol and synthetic progesterone such as Dydrogesterone.

 

Femoston 1/10 & Femoston 2/10

Femoston 1/10 and 2/10 are called combined cyclical HRT. This means within each pack you will have 14 tablets that contain just Estradiol, that is taken for the first 14 days and 14 tablets that contain both Estradiol and Dydrogesterone that are taken for the rest of the month. 

Cyclical HRT works slightly differently to the Conti as it uses hormones to mimics the body’s natural menstrual cycle to reduce postmenopausal symptoms. Most women will experience a monthly bleed while taking Femoston 1/10 and 2/10.

Femoston 1/10 and 2/10 can be prescribed to postmenopausal women who have not experienced a natural menstrual bleed for at least 6 months but who still have an intact uterus. This will have the potential to cause a monthly bleed in certain circumstances. We would recommend that you check with your GP, menopause specialist or our team before switching between HRT products.

 

Does Femoston cause weight gain?

One of the reported side effects of Femoston is weight gain. Evidence into the use of HRT, however, suggests that this is more likely to be fluid retention and bloating rather than true weight gain.

After the menopause, it is not uncommon for women to gain weight, especially around their abdomen, due to the imbalance in hormones. Weight gain is part of the ageing process in men and women as the metabolism starts to slow. It is therefore important as you age to continue to get a good night sleep, eat healthily and exercise regularly. 

 

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Femoston dosage

Before taking Femoston Conti or Femoston 1/10 or 1/20 you must ensure you have read and familiarised yourself with the directions for use in the Patient Information Leaflet. 

  • Femoston should only be prescribed for and taken by postmenopausal women.
  • Take each tablet orally with a glass of water at the same time each day. 
  • Once you have finished a pack do not have a break. Start a new pack at the same time the next day.

 

Femoston Conti dosage

Each tablet is contained within its blister which is marked with the days of the week. 

Take 1 tablet at the same time each day. You can start your first pack on whatever day is convenient for you.

 

Femoston 1/10 & 2/10 dosage

Day 1 - 14: Take 1 tablet daily containing 1 or 2 mg estradiol. Starting from the part of the pack marked with arrow 1. 

Day 15 - 28: Take 1 tablet daily containing 1 or 2 mg estradiol and 10 mg dydrogesterone. Starting from the part of the pack marked with arrow 2.

Femoston side effects

Femoston, like other medication, may cause some people to experience side effects.

If you experience severe side effects or an allergic reaction when taking Femoston, you must seek medical advice or attend your nearest emergency department as soon as possible. 

If you are concerned about side effects or they are bothering you, please speak to a pharmacist or doctor for advice.

Please ensure that you have read the full list of reported side effects in the Patient Information Leaflet before starting treatment using Femoston.

You should also take time to familiarise yourself with all the warnings and precautions as Femoston, like other HRT, may increase your chances of getting certain health conditions. You should discuss any questions you have with your doctor before taking this medicine. 

The most commonly reported side effects associated with Femoston are:

  • Headache and migraines
  • Breast tenderness
  • Vaginal thrush & vaginal bleeding
  • Dizziness & sleeplessness
  • Indigestion, abdominal pain, wind
  • Nausea & vomiting
  • Rashes & itching
  • Swelling of the hands, ankles and feet & muscle cramps
  • Weight gain
  • Changes in libido 
  • Hair loss
  • Muscle cramps
  • Depression

Femoston Ingredients

Please ensure that you have read the Patient Information Leaflet thoroughly for either Femoston Conti or Femoston 1/10 or 2/10, depending on which you have been prescribed, before starting this medication. 

 

Femoston Conti

The active ingredients in each Femoston Conti tablet include: 

  • estradiol hemihydrate either 0.5 mg or 1 mg
  • dydrogesterone either 2.5 mg or 5 mg 

The inactive ingredients in each Femoston Conti tablet include:

lactose monohydrate, magnesium stearate. Titanium dioxide (E171), Iron oxide yellow (E172), Iron oxide red (E172), Hypromellose, Macrogol.

 

Femoston 1/10 & 2/10

The active ingredients in each Femoston tablet include:

Femoston 1/10: 

  • Each white tablet contains 1 mg of estradiol.
  • Each grey tablet contains 1 mg of estradiol and 10mg of dydrogesterone.

Femoston 2/10:

  • Each red tablet contains 2 mg of estradiol
  • Each yellow tablet contains 2 mg of estradiol and 20 mg of dydrogesterone.

The inactive ingredients in each tablet include: lactose, magnesium stearate 

The inactive ingredients in each Femoston 1/10 tablet include: hypromellose, macrogol 400, titanium dioxide (E171), polyvinyl alcohol, macrogol 3350, titanium dioxide (E171), black iron oxide (E172).

The inactive ingredients in each Femoston 2/10 tablet include: macrogol 400, titanium dioxide (E171), black, red, and yellow iron oxides (E172), macrogol 400, titanium dioxide (E171), yellow iron oxide (E172).

Femoston warnings

Please read the full information regarding warnings and precautions detailed in the Patient Information Leaflet before taking Femoston. 

Using combination HRT treatment, including Femoston, increases your risks of developing certain health conditions. You should take time to consider whether HRT is the best options for you at this time. If you have any questions or concerns you should discuss these with your GP or specialist. 

Being eligible to continue to purchase Femoston on repeat prescription from The Independent Pharmacy relies upon you having a regular check-up with your GP at least once a year, which must include a breast screen, blood pressure and blood tests and a cervical smear test. 

If you experience any of the following, before or while using Femoston, stop taking and consult your doctor immediately:

  • You suspect or develop breast or endometrial cancer
  • You have any unexplained vaginal bleeding or endometrial hyperplasia
  • You have or have ever had a venous blood clot or have a clotting disorder
  • You have had a heart attack, stroke or angina

If you have ever experienced any of the following, consult your doctor before starting Femoston and again if your condition worsens during treatment:

  • You have recently stopped taking or are currently taking any other prescribed or non-prescribed (including herbal) medication.
  • Uterine fibroids
  • Endometriosis or endometrial hyperplasia
  • High blood pressure or very high levels of fat in your blood
  • Liver, kidney or heart disorders
  • Diabetes, SLE, epilepsy or asthma
  • Gallstones
  • Migraine or severe headaches
  • Hypothyroidism 
  • Hereditary angioedema

 

Femoston and cancer

Research into the use of HRT has indicated that combined estrogen-progestogen HRT such as Femoston may enhance your risk of developing breast cancer and may slightly also increase your risk of developing ovarian cancer. 

Your chance of developing breast cancer progresses the longer you take HRT. When HRT is stopped your risk returns to normal within 5 years. It is, therefore, recommended that you only take the lowest dose of HRT for the shortest duration, to manage your symptoms.

 

Femoston and your circulation

Taking any form of HRT, which includes Femeston, makes you 1.5 - 3 times more likely to experience blood clots and 1.5 times more likely to experience a stroke. If you think you are developing symptoms of a blood clot at any time call NHS 111 or are having a stroke call 999.

 

Femoston - Pregnancy & Breastfeeding

Femoston should only be taken by postmenopausal women and is not a contraceptive. If you have had a natural period in the last 12 months or you are under 50 years old you should discuss contraception options with your doctor before taking Femoston. 

If you become pregnant while taking Femoston stop taking it straight away and contact your doctor. You should also not take Femoston while breastfeeding.

Delivery & Shipping Information

Please note that due to the current situation with COVID-19, Royal Mail are experiencing some delays. This may mean that your order takes longer to arrive than you would normally expect. We are working hard to ensure that, where possible, all orders placed before 15:00 are still dispatched the same working day.

 

UK Orders

We offer FREE standard tracked delivery on orders over £40.

The following delivery options are available:

  • Standard Tracked Delivery - 2 - 3 day delivery - £2.95
  • Express Tracked Delivery - 1 - 2 day delivery - £4.45
  • DPD Next Day - 1 - 2 working days - £6.95
  • Special Delivery (Guaranteed before 21:00) - £8.95
  • Saturday Guaranteed before 21:00 - £10.45

Important Delivery Information

All our orders are sent out using Royal Mail (unless stated). We always aim to dispatch all Royal Mail & DPD orders received before 15:00 the same working day. Any orders received after 15:00 or over the weekend will be dispatched the next working day. Orders will not be dispatched on weekends or bank holidays.

All orders are subject to approval by our team of doctors and pharmacists. Your delivery date in the checkout is subject to your consultation being approved by our healthcare team.

All orders can be fully tracked from your dispatch email, in your online account and from any notifications from your courier.

We ensure all parcels are in plain packaging for discreet delivery of your medicines and pharmacy goods. Where possible, we will attempt to size all parcels to fit through your letterbox in tamper-proof packaging. By placing an order on our website, you confirm that it is safe and appropriate for a package containing medicines to be posted through your letterbox, if the carrier is able to do so. You should notify our customer support team if it is not safe for the package to be posted through the letterbox, for example due to animals or small children.

Deliveries containing pharmacy-only or prescription medicines may require a signature on receipt. 

Delivery is free for all NHS prescriptions.

 

Royal Mail

Features:

  • Fully tracked delivery
  • SMS & email notifications
  • Four-hour delivery window
  • Change delivery date directly with Royal Mail
  • Update delivery location - add a Safeplace, preferred neighbour, or update your delivery location to a local Post Office or Royal Mail Customer Service Point.

Royal Mail are the most widely recognised mail delivery company in the UK. Being on the UK’s 29 million doorsteps six days a week means they offer unparalleled price and convenience. The Independent Pharmacy uses Royal Mail’s Tracked 48, Tracked 24, and Special Delivery Guaranteed parcel services to offer reliable, fully-tracked delivery at very competitive prices. Your Royal Mail parcel will arrive with your normal daily delivery of post.

Please note: Royal Mail do not deliver on Sundays or Bank Holidays - this should be taken into account when ordering. 

If you are not home to accept your delivery, a card should be left by the Royal Mail representative. This card will provide details of where you can collect the order or how to arrange re-delivery.

Should you be unable to collect your missed delivery or arrange for your medication to be redelivered by Royal Mail, the pharmacy can resend your medication to the same, or a different address provided it has been returned to us and this happens within a 30 day window.

Once a package has been shipped with Royal Mail we advise that you are bound to the terms and conditions of their use together with the terms and conditions contained herein.

You have the right to cancel your order up to the point when your treatment is dispatched. The pharmacist must destroy any medication within 30 days of it being returned, even un-opened boxes, so we are not able to offer refunds once your treatment has been dispatched.

 

DPD

Features:

  • Fully tracked delivery
  • SMS & email notifications
  • One-hour delivery window
  • Change delivery date directly with DPD
  • Update delivery location - add a Safeplace, preferred neighbour, or update your delivery location to a local collection point.

DPD Local is the most innovative parcel carrier around. Thanks to their industry-leading Predict service, they provide parcel recipients with a one hour delivery window, notified by email, so you don't have to wait in all day. What's more, it enables receivers to watch the progress of their delivery on a real-time map, all the way down to a final 15 minute time-slot. 

As well as keeping customers informed at every stage of the journey, DPD believe in maximising choice and convenience. That's why DPD provide access to a suite of options both on the day of delivery and the night before, allowing customers to take delivery of their goods in a way that suits. If you wish to reschedule, you can:

  • Select an alternative delivery date
  • Opt for delivery to a nominated neighbour
  • Have the parcel left in a specified safe place
  • Collect the parcel from your local DPD Pickup Shop
  • Upgrade delivery to By 12

Please note: DPD do not deliver on Saturdays, Sundays or Bank Holidays - this should be taken into account when ordering. 

Once a package has been shipped with DPD we advise that you are bound to the terms and conditions of their use together with the terms and conditions contained herein.

You have the right to cancel your order up to the point when your treatment is dispatched. The pharmacist must destroy any medication within 30 days of it being returned, even un-opened boxes, so we are not able to offer refunds once your treatment has been dispatched.

 

Forwarding houses

We are unable to ship orders to mailing or forwarding houses for onwards shipping to locations outside of the UK.

 

BFPO Postcodes

Unfortunately we are unable to deliver medicines to BFPO postcodes.

 

Remote Areas

Please be aware that Royal Mail Guaranteed services are not available to all customers in the UK, especially those that live in remote postcodes. Royal Mail advise customers of the following:

We deliver by 17:30 the next working day in the following postcode areas:
AB30 - 39, 41 - 45, 51 - 56
GY9 Alderney (Channel Islands)
HS1, 3 - 9
IV21 - 28, 40 - 49, 51 - 56
KA27, 28
KW1 - 3, 5 - 15
KW16 Stromness Town only
PA20 (0&9)
PA28 - 38, 41 - 49, 76, 77
PH15, 17 - 26, 31 - 40, 49, 50
ZE1

 

We deliver within two working days by 17:30 to the following postcodes areas:
GY1 Herm (Channel Islands)
GY9 Sark (Channel Islands)
GY10
HS2
PA60 - 75, 78
ZE2, 3

 

We deliver within three working days by 17:30 to the following postcode areas:
KW16 - non-Town
KW17
PH30, 41 - 44

 

Please note: This applies to our 'Special Delivery' and 'Saturday Guaranteed' services.

 

International Orders

We are currently unable to ship orders outside of the UK.

We are unable to ship orders to mailing or forwarding houses for onwards shipping to locations outside of the UK.

Need to know more about Menopause (HRT)?

Visit our advice area or contact our support team

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Dr Donald Grant

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Published on: 06-11-2020

Last modified on: 06-11-2020


Dr Don Grant is a GP with over 30 years experience and is the Clinical Advisor at The Independent Pharmacy

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Steve Stoddart

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Reviewed on: 06-11-2020

Next review date: 06-11-2022


Steve is an expert clinical pharmacist that has recently added prescribing to his repertoire.


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