Oestrodiol gel, a topical clear gel used in hormone replacement therapy to provide effective relief of symptoms that accompany menopause such as hot flashes as well as vaginal itchiness and dryness. The active ingredient estradiol is the main form of oestrogen in the female body during the maturation and maintenance of the reproductive system. During menopause, the ovaries cease to produce the primary form of oestrogen- Oestrodiol. Therefore applying oestrodiol gel topically works to replace this hormone loss and treat the consequent discomfort affecting the quality of daily life. The gel is absorbed into the skin and into the bloodstream to carry out its functions.
IMPORTANT NOTICE: If only vaginal itchiness and dryness persist without hot flushes, then alternative medication is advised. If uterus still intact and has not been removed by hysterectomy, then progesterone must be taken alongside topical gel to reduce the risk endometrial cancer. Consultation with a doctor before use is strongly advised. Only use if the benefits outweigh the risks.
UNCOMMON SERIOUS SIDE EFFECTS:
The starting dosage of Oestrodiol gel is two pumps twice a day for a month. Two pumps contains 1.5mg of oestrodiol which is sufficient for most women in providing effective relief of symptoms. If symptoms still persist after 1 month of usage, then the dosage may be increased to 4 pumps daily. It is important to note that the gel should be applied everyday at the same time. No time limit for hormone therapy exists however consultation with a doctor on this matter is strongly advised.
Women with a uterus who take estradiol alongside progesterone should use gel for a minimum of 12 days out of the month.
HOW TO USE:
Wash hands thouroughly before use. Pump half the dosage onto clean hands and apply to dry skin onto arm making sure to cover the underside and upperside from shoulder to the elbow with a thin even layer. Repeat with second half of dosage on the other arm. Do not rub or massage the product excessively. Allow to dry for 5 minutes or until it is dry to touch to ensure the product is fully absorbed by the skin before wearing clothing. Abstain from wetting or applying lotions on area treated atleast an hour after application.