If EstroGel does not adequately control your symptoms or if you experience bothersome side effects, you can try one of the various alternatives available. Some of the EstroGel alternatives include other conventional medications, natural remedies, and non-drug treatments (such as coping strategies). If the risks of taking EstroGel outweigh the benefits, talk to your healthcare provider about which alternative is best for you.
EstroGel® (estradiol gel) is a prescription hormone replacement medication. EstroGel is approved to treat hot flashes, night sweats, and vaginal symptoms due to menopause. For some women, the risks of taking EstroGel may outweigh the potential benefits. Fortunately, there are several alternatives to EstroGel for menopause treatment, including:
- Natural remedies
- Other conventional medications
- Coping strategies.
Natural Remedies as EstroGel Alternatives
Many women choose to use natural remedies as alternatives to prescription medications for menopause treatment. These remedies include:
- Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (also known as natural hormone replacement therapy)
- Herbal supplements
- Phytoestrogens (so-called plant estrogens).
At this time, there is not enough scientific evidence to determine whether these therapies are beneficial. In addition, there is insufficient information available to prove whether these therapies are as safe or safer than the conventional drugs used for menopause symptoms.