Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) can be administered in various ways, each with its own advantages and considerations. The method chosen often depends on the individual’s symptoms, overall health, and personal preference. Here are the most common ways HRT is administered:
- Oral tablets: These are taken daily and are one of the most common forms of HRT. However, oral HRT may not be suitable for some women, such as those with a history of blood clots or stroke.
- Skin patches or gels: These are applied directly to the skin and allow the hormones to be absorbed into the body. They may be a good option for women who can’t take oral HRT or have side effects from the oral form. They are also less likely to cause blood clots compared to oral HRT.
- Vaginal creams, rings, or tablets: These are used to deliver hormones directly to the vagina, which can help with symptoms like dryness and discomfort during sex. They deliver a lower dose of hormones compared to oral or skin patch/gel forms and mainly affect the local area.
- Injections: This is a less common method of administering HRT and is often used in testosterone replacement therapy for men.
- Implants: Small pellets are inserted under the skin, usually in the buttock, which slowly release hormones into the body. This form of HRT is more common in some countries than others.
Each method of administration has its pros and cons, and what works best will depend on an individual’s needs and lifestyle. Your healthcare provider can help you choose the method that’s right for you based on your symptoms, health status, and personal preferences.