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Route of HRT
The estrogen part of HRT can be taken by different routes, namely oral (a daily tablet) or transdermal (twice weekly patch, daily gel or daily spray). In addition, the progestogen or progesterone part, which is needed in women who still have their womb to prevent estrogen stimulating the womb lining, can be taken combined with estrogen in oral HRT, combined with estrogen in some patches (not all), or separately as tablets, capsules or progestogen releasing intrauterine system (a coil).
In recent times, there seems to be an increase in use of transdermal estrogen and separate progestogen or progesterone as first line treatment, which may be suitable, but can lead to a complicated regimen. While there are some medical indications to use the transdermal route, Route of HRT : Menopause Matters and individual preference is of prime importance, there are many women in whom a daily tablet will provide many benefits in a simple regimen and should still be considered.
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