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What is topical estrogen?

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Creams, gels and sprays are ways to get the hormone estrogen into your system. This type of estrogen treatment is absorbed through your skin directly into your bloodstream.

SOURCES:

Garnet Anderson, PhD, director, public health sciences division, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Seattle.

Cleveland Clinic: “Hormone Therapy (HT), Understanding Benefits and Risks.”

John Hopkins Medicine: “Hormone Therapy.”

Journal of the American Medical Association, Oct. 2, 2013.

Main Line Health: “Estrogen, Progesterone, and Menopause.”

JoAnn E. Manson, MD, DrPH, chief, preventative medicine division, department of medicine, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston.

National Cancer Institute: “Menopausal Hormone Therapy and Cancer Fact Sheet.”

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: “Women’s Health Initiative.”

National Institutes of Health: “WHI Study Data Confirm Short-Term Heart Disease Risk of Combination Hormone Therapy for Postmenopausal Women.”

National Institute on Aging: “Hormones and Menopause."

North American Menopause Society: “Hormone Therapy for women in 2012.”

Office on Women’s Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: “Menopausal hormone therapy (MHT).”

U.S. Preventative Services Task Force: “Understanding Task Force Recommendations: Menopausal Hormone Therapy for the Primary Prevention of Chronic Conditions.”

Reviewed by Kecia Gaither on December 4, 2019

SOURCES:

Garnet Anderson, PhD, director, public health sciences division, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Seattle.

Cleveland Clinic: “Hormone Therapy (HT), Understanding Benefits and Risks.”

John Hopkins Medicine: “Hormone Therapy.”

Journal of the American Medical Association, Oct. 2, 2013.

Main Line Health: “Estrogen, Progesterone, and Menopause.”

JoAnn E. Manson, MD, DrPH, chief, preventative medicine division, department of medicine, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston.

National Cancer Institute: “Menopausal Hormone Therapy and Cancer Fact Sheet.”

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: “Women’s Health Initiative.”

National Institutes of Health: “WHI Study Data Confirm Short-Term Heart Disease Risk of Combination Hormone Therapy for Postmenopausal Women.”

National Institute on Aging: “Hormones and Menopause."

North American Menopause Society: “Hormone Therapy for women in 2012.”

Office on Women’s Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: “Menopausal hormone therapy (MHT).”

U.S. Preventative Services Task Force: “Understanding Task Force Recommendations: Menopausal Hormone Therapy for the Primary Prevention of Chronic Conditions.”

Reviewed by Kecia Gaither on December 4, 2019

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