As women approach menopause, fluctuations and drop in ovarian hormones—particularly estrogen—can cause an array of uncomfortable and life disrupting symptoms, including hot flashes, night sweats, vaginal dryness, and pain during sex.
The good news? Evidence shows that hormone therapy (HT) is the most effective therapy to manage the symptoms of perimenopause and menopause. HT can also help mitigate other menopausal symptoms, including mood and sleep changes, brain fog, and low libido.
But for many women, finding the right HT can be confusing, given that most menopause hormone therapies, including those at Evernow, are available in the form of a patch, pill, or cream. What’s more, some women may require estrogen-only therapy, while others will require a combination of estrogen and progesterone.
At Evernow, we help find the right form of HT for you. Still, there are some general benefits of using the estrogen patch:
- More potent form of estrogen delivery. In a 2017 study, researchers found that women on the estrogen patch had a ratio of estradiol to estrone (the two types of estrogen hormone) that was nearly identical to the ratio before menopause. Additionally, when given an equivalent dose, the concentration of free estradiol in the blood of women using the patch was twice that of those who used the pill.
- Safety. Both the pill and the patch have been shown to be safe and effective treatments for the symptoms of menopause. But when comparing the two, one study that followed 54,000 women for one year found that those who used estrogen patches were one-third less likely to develop blood clots in their legs or lungs.
- It may significantly improve your libido. The same 2017 study also measured Female Sexual Function Inventory (FSFI) and found that women using the patch had a 7.2% improvement in their scores while the women using the oral estrogen experienced a smaller effect. Most notably, at 18 months women on the patch experienced significant improvement in vaginal lubrication, pain during sex, and overall libido and desire.
- It may also help protect against Alzheimers. Emerging research suggests that estrogen patch may have a beneficial impact on cognitive biomarkers in comparison with the pill form of estrogen or placebos. Though more research is required to determine this relationship, data from the Kronos Early Estrogen Prevention Study (KEEPS) found that women who received the estrogen patch had the lowest level of amyloid-beta deposition and the highest maintenance of brain volume in the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex—the part of the brain that helps with memory, thinking, planning, and reasoning. These women were also more likely to have a lower amount of the amyloid plaque deposits that are related to Alzheimer’s disease.
Though there are some unique benefits of the estrogen patch, the science is clear: hormone therapy is safe and effective at providing relief from menopause symptoms, regardless of the form of delivery.
You know your body best, and Evernow knows menopause treatments. If you choose to try out hormone therapies, we will guide you through the process to ensure that you’re a candidate, and that you have the treatment best tailored to you.
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