About Menopause and Elestrin
Estrogens are hormones made by a woman's ovaries. When a woman is between about 45 and 55 years of age, the ovaries normally stop making estrogens. This drop in estrogen levels causes the "change of life," or menopause—the end of monthly menstrual periods.1
When estrogen levels begin dropping, some women develop uncomfortable symptoms, including "hot flashes," or "hot flushes"1:
- Feelings of warmth in the face, neck, and chest
- Sudden strong feelings of heat and sweating
For some women, these symptoms are mild and manageable without medication. However, women whose symptoms are more severe may prefer estrogen therapy to reduce discomfort.1
There are pills, patches, and gels, available by prescription, that address various symptoms of menopause. Talk with your healthcare provider about which treatment may be right for you.
What is Elestrin?
Elestrin is a colorless, nonstaining gel that is applied to the skin in a thin layer to help relieve some moderate to severe hot flashes.1
Elestrin (estradiol gel) contains a type of estrogen that comes from plants.1,2
Your body metabolizes this plant-based estrogen the same way as the estrogen that your body would make naturally.1
How Elestrin works
Elestrin comes in a pump that measures the right amount of gel you need. You can be confident you're getting the right amount by pushing the pump down once (or twice, depending on your healthcare provider's instructions).1
Apply the gel to your upper arm and shoulder once a day. Your skin will absorb the medicine into your body.1
Learn more about how to use Elestrin here.
Elestrin: Proven relief in a clinical study
In a study of postmenopausal women, Elestrin significantly reduced both the frequency and severity of moderate to severe hot flashes. By week 5, Elestrin had cut the frequency of hot flashes by more than half, at the lowest dose (1 pump), compared with the symptoms the women experienced at the start of the study.
Ask your doctor if Elestrin can provide the symptom relief you're looking for.
References: 1. Elestrin [package insert]. Somerset, NJ: Meda Pharmaceuticals Inc.; 2014. 2. Carroll N. A review of transdermal nonpatch estrogen therapy for the management of menopausal symptoms. J Womens Health. 2010;19(1):47-55.