Understanding the menopause The importance of HRT
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The menopause is when a woman stops having periods and is no longer able to get pregnant naturally. 

Periods usually start to become less frequent over a few months or years before they stop altogether. Sometimes they can stop suddenly.
The menopause is a natural part of ageing that usually occurs between 45 and 55 years of age, as a woman’s oestrogen levels decline. In the UK, the average age for a woman to reach the menopause is 51.

Around 1 in 100 women experience the menopause before 40 years of age. This is known as premature menopause or premature ovarian insufficiency.

Why have I been prescibed Oestrogel (estradiol)? 

Oestrogel is a form of transdermal oestrogen-only hormone replacement therapy (HRT). It may be used by women who have a uterus, or by women who do not have a uterus (i.e. have had a hysterectomy). For women who still have their uterus, your doctor will prescribe a progestogen alongside the oestrogen treatment. Talk to your doctor for more information. 
Please read the package leaflet that comes with your medicine before taking it and always follow the instructions of your doctor on how to use it

What is Oestrogel used for? 

  • Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) for oestrogen deficiency symptoms in postmenopausal women 
If you have been prescribed this product for the prevention of osteoporosis, please talk to your doctor or read the package leaflet for more information
Oestrogel contains the active ingredient estradiol, which is identical in structure to that produced by your body and often referred to as body-identical oestrogen. 
The estradiol in Oestrogel is derived from plants. 
Oestrogel is an easy to use colourless gel that is applied to the skin (known as transdermal application), and the active ingredient is absorbed through the skin into the bloodstream. 


It is recommended that you have an appointment with your doctor to review your treatment after 3 months of using HRT, to check how well it is working and how your body is responding. After which, an annual appointment may be sufficient, unless you experience any problems with your treatment in which case you should consult your doctor straight away.

Keeping a healthy lifestyle can help to minimise the effects of the menopause

Reporting Side Effects

If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor, pharmacist or nurse. This includes any possible side effects not listed in the package leaflet. You can also report side effects directly via the Yellow Card Scheme at: www.mhra.gov.uk/yellowcard or search for MHRA Yellow Card in the Google Play or Apple App Store. By reporting side effects you can help provide more information on the safety of this medicine.