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