Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Kinds Of Oestrogen Patches

Estrogen patches are often prescribed for women's reproductive health issues.

Estrogen patches are available for two different purposes. One is prescribed as a method of birth control while the other is a form of hormone replacement therapy (HRT). In the United States, there is only one brand of birth control patch on the market, but several HRT patches are available. The primary difference between the two types is that HRT patches only deliver estrogen while the birth control patch has both estrogen and progestin.

Ortho Evra

Ortho Evra looks like a thin beige bandage. However, it delivers 6 mg of norelgestromin and .75 mg of ethinyl estradiol. This is approximately 60 percent more estrogen than a birth control pill, which the manufacturer says increases the risk of side effects such as bleeding between periods, breast tenderness and blood clotting disorders. It is, however, recommended for use by forgetful and busy women. It is placed on the skin and left there for three weeks at a time. After it is taken off, it can be left off for one week and replaced the next week for another three-week interval.

Vivelle Dot

Vivelle Dot, also known as Estra Derm, is an estrogen patch prescribed for women undergoing menopause. It is applied to the abdomen and may deliver between .0375 and .1 milligram of estradiol or estrogen per day. The patch must be reapplied two times a week and replaces lost estrogen, lessening the symptoms of menopause. Users have reported a decrease in hot flashes and vaginal dryness. Side effects can include abdominal bloating, breast tenderness, change in libido, headaches, nausea and dizziness.


Although approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as primarily effective for post-menopausal estrogen replacement therapy, Alora's labeling shows secondary approval as therapy for pre-menopausal women with insufficient ovaries. Alora offers the same menopausal symptom relief benefits as Vivelle Dot and must also be applied twice a week. The patch delivers between .025 and .1 milligram of estradiol per day. Alora side effects may include abdominal cramps, hair loss, headache, breast pain and irregular vaginal bleeding.


Climara is FDA-approved for post-menopausal estrogen replacement therapy and secondary therapy for pre-menopausal women with low amounts of estrogen. Unlike Vivelle Dot and Alora, however, Climara has to be applied only every seven days. Climara delivers at least .025 milligrams of estradiol per day. It also decreases menopausal symptoms like hot flashes and vaginal dryness and may be used to prevent osteoporosis. Climara's side effects are the same as those reported with Vivelle Dot use.

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