Winona hormone replacement options for women include cream, pill, or patch. Winona’s providers will work directly with you to identify what’s right for you.

Topical Cream

Women use creams as a way to get a dose of hormones through the skin. Estrogen creams are easy to use. Applying cream to the skin is called “transdermal” dosing, meaning that the medication is transported through the layers of the skin to the bloodstream. Dosing through the skin bypasses the liver and is generally considered to be easier on the body because of the lower dose needed. The amounts applied are precisely measured by using the Winona dispensing bottles.

Pills

You may have tried oral hormones if you ever used birth control pills. The doses of hormones in birth control pills are higher than what is needed for menopause. Winona’s oral hormones are targeted specifically towards hormone replacement from our compounding pharmacy, which provides a dose that’s perfect for BHRT purposes.

Because an oral hormone has to go past the liver—which breaks down a large part of the hormones that pass through it—the dose of hormones has to be significantly higher than creams or patches. Most women tolerate these doses just fine, but some women may want the topical alternative.

Patches

Women use patches as a way to get a dose of hormones through the skin. Estrogen patches are easy to use. Applying the patch to the skin is called “transdermal” dosing, meaning that the medication is transported through the layers of the skin to the bloodstream. Dosing through the skin bypasses the liver and is generally considered to be easier on the body because of the lower dose needed. Just apply the patch, sticky side to the skin, to an area that is clean, dry, and hairless. Usually the rear end. Depending on the dosage you can wear from 4-7 days before you replace the patch. A patient package insert for the patches will be given with each prescription and refill.

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