Hormone creams allow the right dose of hormones to be absorbed through the skin and into the bloodstream to help relieve hot flashes, night sweats, depression and other symptoms of menopause.
After testing her hormone levels, usually with a saliva test, a woman can use a customized cream with enough estrogen to relieve the symptoms of menopause, perimenopause or low estrogen.
Hormone creams are absorbed differently by each individual, and the amount of hormones that actually enter the bloodstream depends on the method by which the cream was prepared and how much has been applied directly to the skin. However, because the cream is applied daily, it’s easy to adjust application or change up the formula if you experience side effects.
Hormone creams are usually applied to the arms once or twice a day as prescribed. Because hormone creams are applied in small doses, it prevents peaks and valleys in hormone levels that can occur with other forms of delivery. Also, since the estrogen is absorbed through the skin and directly into the bloodstream, it can be a safer choice than oral estrogen for people who have liver or gallbladder health issues.
Women can have their hormone levels checked by their physician then receive customized formulas suited to their needs. Cream formulas can easily be adjusted over time for changing needs.