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Other Conventional Medications as Femhrt Alternatives
femhrt contains both an estrogen and a progestin hormone. Other estrogen/progestin combination hormone replacement therapy medications include:
Other options include medications that combine estrogen plus a testosterone, such as Covaryx™ or Estratest®.
Lastly, for women without a uterus (those who have had a hysterectomy), using an estrogen without a progestin is a good option, as the progestin component is usually considered unnecessary in these cases. These estrogen-only femhrt alternatives include:
- Oral tablets -- Cenestin®, Enjuvia™, Estrace, Femtrace®, Menest®, Ogen®, Premarin®
- Vaginal creams or gels -- Estrace® Vaginal Cream, Ogen® Vaginal Cream, Premarin® Vaginal Cream
- Gels, creams, or lotions applied to the skin -- Divigel®, Elestrin™, Estrasorb®, EstroGel®
- Vaginal tablets -- Vagifem®
- Patches -- Alora®, Climara®, Estraderm®, Menostar®, Vivelle-Dot®
- Injections -- Delestrogen®, Depo®-Estradiol
- Vaginal rings -- Estring®, Femring®
- Sprays (absorbed through the skin) -- Evamist™.
Coping Strategies as Femhrt Alternatives
Medications are not always the answer to all menopause symptoms. If you cannot take femhrt or other estrogen medications (or if you desire to avoid such medications), you may want to try other, non-drug ways to deal with the symptoms. For instance, there are a variety of vaginal lubricants and moisturizers currently available that can help provide relief from vaginal dryness and irritation. Some are even designed especially for menopausal women. Getting regular exercise and eating a healthy diet can also work wonders for some menopause symptoms.
(For more ideas on ways to cope with menopause symptoms, click Menopause Relief.)