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What are estrogen replacement therapy topical creams, gels, and sprays?

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These are different ways of getting estrogen for menopause symptoms. Estrogen gels, creams, and sprays get estrogen into your system through your skin and directly into your bloodstream. The specifics on how to apply these creams vary, although they're usually used once a day.

SOURCES:

ACP Medicine web site: "Menopause."

Canonico M et al, , Feb. 20, 2007; vol 115: pp 840-845. Circulation

MedicineNet web site: "Hormone Creams: Safe and Effective?"

National Cancer Institute web site: "How to Deal with Surgical Menopause."

National Institutes of Health web site: "Facts About Menopausal Hormone Therapy."

National Institutes of Health Medline Plus web site: "Estrogen," "Estrogen Vaginal," "Estradiol Topical," "Estradiol Transdermal."

  Practice Committee of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, , November 2006; vol 86: pp S75-S88. Fertility and Sterility

National Women's Health information Center: "Menopause and Menopause Treatments." WebMD Medical Reference: "Estrogen Replacement Therapy," "Low Dose Estrogen for Dryness and Atrophy."

Reviewed by Neha Pathak on May 29, 2017

SOURCES:

ACP Medicine web site: "Menopause."

Canonico M et al, , Feb. 20, 2007; vol 115: pp 840-845. Circulation

MedicineNet web site: "Hormone Creams: Safe and Effective?"

National Cancer Institute web site: "How to Deal with Surgical Menopause."

National Institutes of Health web site: "Facts About Menopausal Hormone Therapy."

National Institutes of Health Medline Plus web site: "Estrogen," "Estrogen Vaginal," "Estradiol Topical," "Estradiol Transdermal."

  Practice Committee of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, , November 2006; vol 86: pp S75-S88. Fertility and Sterility

National Women's Health information Center: "Menopause and Menopause Treatments." WebMD Medical Reference: "Estrogen Replacement Therapy," "Low Dose Estrogen for Dryness and Atrophy."

Reviewed by Neha Pathak on May 29, 2017

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