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Oestrogel

Oestrogel (80g)

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Description for Oestrogel

Oestrogel is a prescription-only Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) that contains only the hormone estradiol (oestrogen). It is applied as a gel directly to the skin to relieve symptoms of menopause including hot flushes, vaginal dryness and mood swings. 

Oestrogel can be bought from The Independent Pharmacy with a previous prescription from your GP. Get started today by completing a free health consultation and get your treatment delivery quickly and conveniently to you at home.

Oestrogel Information

  • Age: 18 years +

    Maximum per order: 3

  • Pregnancy: Not suitable

    Breastfeeding: Not suitable

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
  • Headaches
  • 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. 

 

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*Prescription medicines are supplied subject to a medical consultation at the discretion of a doctor.

How to use Oestrogel

  • Oestrogel is only suitable for women who are experiencing menopausal symptoms and who have been prescribed by their GP following an initial health assessment. 
  • Oestrogel should not be applied to the breasts and face or any areas of irritated or broken skin. Recommended application areas are the outer arms and shoulders of both arms or the mid-inner thighs of both legs. You should rotate the application sites daily.
  • Use Oestrogel exactly as you have been prescribed by your doctor. One pump delivers 1 dose of Oestrogel. Read the Patient Information Leaflet before use. 
  • If you still have an intact womb you should speak to your doctor before using Oestrogel as they will likely prescribe another HRT containing a form of the hormone progesterone.

For best results use as directed:

  1. Before use wash and dry your hands and application areas thoroughly.
  2. Remove the canister cap and the stopper from the spout.
  3. Push the plunger down firmly with one hand under the spout to collect the gel. This will dispense 1 measure of gel. 
  4. Apply the gel to either the outer arms and shoulders of both arms or the mid-inner thighs of both legs. 
  5. Cover the spout with the stopper and replace the cap.
  6. Leave the gel to dry for 5 minutes before covering

Oestrogel side effects

Oestrogel, like other HRT, can cause some people to experience some unwanted side effects. Most of these side effects will improve within the first 3 months of use. If they do not get better within this time you should speak to a doctor or pharmacist. 

If you develop any severe side effects or an allergic reaction while using Oestrogel you should seek medical advice from your nearest emergency department as soon as possible. 

The most commonly experienced side effects when using Oestrogel are:

  • Painful, heavy periods
  • Irregular bleeding
  • White or yellow vaginal discharge or yeast infections
  • Mood swings
  • Migraines
  • Vertigo or feelings of weakness
  • Wind
  • Acne

Before using Oestrogel you must read the Patient Information Leaflet thoroughly.

Oestrogel ingredients

The active ingredient in Oestrogel is 750 micrograms of Estradiol in each 1.25 gram pump. 

The other ingredients are: Carbomer, triethanolamine, ethanol and purified water.

Do not use Oestrogel if you are allergic or sensitive to any of the ingredients.

Oestrogel warnings

Please read the Patient Information Leaflet carefully before using Oestrogel.

Using any form of HRT treatment, including Oestrogel, heightens your risk of developing specific health conditions. If you have any questions or concerns you should discuss these with your GP or specialist. 

Your suitability to continue purchasing Oestrogel on repeat prescription from The Independent Pharmacy relies upon you maintaining an annual check-up with your GP, which should include a breast screen, blood pressure, blood tests and a cervical smear test.

  • If you still have an intact womb your doctor should prescribe you a form of HRT that contains a version of the hormone progesterone to use alongside Oestrogel to reduce your risk of developing certain cancers. 
  • Oestrogel may not be a fitting treatment option for everyone. You should not use this product if you have ever had or are at risk of estrogen-sensitive cancer, a blood clot, have a blood clotting disorder or have liver disease.
  • Discuss with your GP before using Oestrogel if you have fibroids, endometriosis, have high blood pressure, diabetes, gallstones, SLE, epilepsy, asthma, kidney problems, suffer from migraines as HRT can make these conditions worse.
  • Speak to a doctor or pharmacist before using Oestrogel if you are currently taking or have recently stopped taking any other prescribed or non-prescribed medicine including herbal remedies such as St John’s-Wort.

 

Oestrogel and cancer

Oestrogel, like other oestrogen-only HRT, increases your risk of developing cancers of the womb. Oestrogel, can consequently, only be used by women who do not have an intact womb or who are prescribed a progesterone HRT alongside it to reduce these risks. 

All HRT increases your chances of developing breast cancer or ovarian cancer and therefore you must continue to attend an annual health review and regularly check your breasts for any changes including lumps and dimples. If you notice any irregularities you should get these checked by a doctor as soon as possible. 

 

Oestrogel and blood clots 

Using any form of HRT makes you 1 - 3 times more likely to develop either a venous or an arterial blood clot. These can be dangerous and can result in heart attacks and strokes, which can be life-threatening. If you think you are experiencing symptoms of a blood clot you must see a doctor straight away. 

 

Oestrogel & pregnancy

Oestrogel is only suitable for women experiencing menopause and should not be taken as a contraceptive or when pregnant. If you think you have become pregnant while taking Oestrogel you should speak to a doctor for advice.

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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Scott McDougall

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Published on: 02-03-2021

Last modified on: 02-03-2021


Scott is one of the two founders of The Independent Pharmacy. He is a registered pharmacist and the registered manager of our service with the CQC.


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