What is Oestrogel?
Oestrogel is a topical HRT that contains only a version of the hormone oestrogen as 750 micrograms of estradiol. Oestrogel is supplied as a gel that is applied to the skin which is a highly effective method of reducing menopausal symptoms leaving you feeling more comfortable so you can carry on enjoying life.
Oestrogel is manufactured by Besins Healthcare and comes in an easy-to-use, mess-free pump pack, making everyday use simple.
What is Oestrogel used for?
Oestrogel is prescribed to women who experience menopausal symptoms that significantly affect their experience of daily life or to those who are at risk of developing brittle bones (osteoporosis).
Menopausal symptoms Oestrogel can relieve:
- Hot flushes
- Night sweats
- Difficulty sleeping
- Vaginal dryness and irritation
- Reduced sex drive
- Low mood
How does Oestrogel work?
Menopause is caused by the natural decline in oestrogen levels in a woman’s blood when she stops producing eggs or ovulating. It is this drop in oestrogen that causes the unpleasant symptoms that are associated with menopause.
Oestrogel contains a bioidentical version of oestrogen called estradiol. It is applied to the skin where the hormone is absorbed into the bloodstream where it raises the levels of oestrogen and effectively reduces symptoms.
How quickly does Oestrogel work?
Like other forms of HRT, it takes several weeks before your levels of oestrogen are high enough for you to notice improvements to your menopausal symptoms. Most women will have sufficient levels of oestrogen in their blood by 3 months to feel the full effects of their treatment.
If after 3 months you do not feel your symptoms have significantly improved or if you are continuing to experience side effects you should speak to a doctor to discuss the dose you have been prescribed.
Alternatives to Oestrogel
At The Independent Pharmacy, we sell a large range of HRT including tablets, patches, vaginal tablets and creams as well as Oestrogel, another brand of oestrogen gel that is applied to the skin.
If you would like to discuss changing to a different form of HRT you should arrange to speak to your doctor who will be able to advise you of your options.