There are several femhrt uses, such as treating certain menopausal symptoms and preventing osteoporosis in postmenopausal women. This prescription medication contains both an estrogen and a progestin hormone. femhrt works by providing estrogen that the ovaries no longer produce. The progestin hormone helps decrease the risk of developing cancer of the lining of the uterus. For women without a uterus, the progestin component is usually considered unnecessary.
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femhrt® (norethindrone acetate/ethinyl estradiol) is a prescription hormone medication. The drug is approved for the following uses:
- Treating moderate to severe hot flashes or night sweats due to menopause
- Preventing osteoporosis in postmenopausal women.
The drug contains both an estrogen and a progestin hormone. For all uses, femhrt is approved only for women who still have a uterus (who have not had a hysterectomy). If you have had a hysterectomy, the norethindrone (progestin) component is usually considered unnecessary.
Because estrogen helps to keep the bones strong, the decrease in estrogen during menopause causes a significant weakening of the bones, often resulting in osteoporosis. By providing estrogen, femhrt can help prevent these menopause-related bone changes. However, femhrt is not risk-free, and it should only be used in women who cannot use other, non-hormonal medications for osteoporosis prevention and who are at significant risk for osteoporosis.