Specific Indications for Estraderm
Estrogen helps keep the bones strong, and the decrease in estrogen during menopause causes a significant weakening of the bones. Sometimes, this may result in osteoporosis. By providing estrogen, Estraderm can help prevent these menopause-related bone changes. However, Estraderm is not risk-free, and it should only be used in women who cannot use other non-hormonal medications for osteoporosis prevention. It is important to get enough calcium and vitamin D while taking Estraderm for this purpose.
Sometimes, younger women do not produce enough estrogen, for a variety of reasons. In some cases, the ovaries simply stop working too soon, for unknown reasons. In other instances, certain medications (such as chemotherapy) have affected the ability of the ovaries to function properly. Some women have had their ovaries surgically removed. Or, perhaps, the ovaries never started working properly in the first place (which results in delayed or absent puberty). In all of these situations, Estraderm can be used as a substitute for the estrogen that the ovaries cannot produce.
Estraderm is usually not used in children and teens. Discuss the risks and benefits of using Estraderm with your child's healthcare provider.
On occasion, your healthcare provider may recommend Estraderm for something other than the conditions listed above. This is called an "off-label" use. At one point, hormone replacement therapy was used off-label for preventing heart disease and dementia (such as Alzheimer's disease), but these are no longer considered legitimate off-label uses. Sometimes, hormones are used to promote youthfulness. Again, this is not generally accepted as a legitimate off-label Estraderm use.