Climara Patch or generic Estradiol is prescribed as an estrogen therapy treatment to manage the symptoms of menopause in women that have had their uterus removed. As you begin to outgrow your child-bearing years, things can start to slow down, including the production of estrogen by your ovaries. The generic alternative is not manufactured by the company that makes the brand product.
The most common symptom of menopause is hot flashes that can be over in an instant but your hair is wet and your face is red and sweaty. Night sweats are the same and they can interfere with getting a good night’s sleep. The Climara Patch can help to increase your depleting estrogen levels which will help decrease your symptoms.
Once the Climara Patch has been placed on your skin as directed, the estrogen is absorbed into your skin and released in your bloodstream so your hormone levels increase. If you are experiencing vaginal dryness due to menopause, the boost of estrogen from Climara Patch can help to restore your vaginal lining so there is natural lubrication to combat painful intercourse. Estrogen therapy can also help prevent osteoporosis, a thinning of your bones that is a big concern as you are becoming older.
Your bones are normally in a constant cycle of the old bone being removed as new bone is formed. This assures you that your bones are strong and healthy. After menopause, old bone is being resorbed faster than the new bone is forming. This decreases your bone mass and a simple trip or fall could result in a fracture.
It’s believed that estrogen helps maintain bone density by stopping the action of a certain enzyme that plays a major role in initiating the demise of the bone cells, called osteoblasts, which help form new bones. Estrogen replacement therapy with Climara Patch can help keep that enzyme from doing its job while your doctor may also suggest you take calcium and vitamin D supplements, stay active, and stop smoking to ensure strong bones and teeth.
If have not had a hysterectomy, tell your doctor if there is even the slightest chance that you could be pregnant before applying Climara Patch as it could be a health risk for your unborn baby. Discuss other medical conditions or allergies you have and list any current OTC or Rx medicine you take, including herbal, dietary, and vitamin supplements so your doctor can determine if Climara Patch is the right hormone therapy for you.
Each Climara Patch is worn for 1 week and then replaced using a different area of skin to avoid possible irritation. Do not place a Climara Patch on your breasts, most women prefer the buttocks or lower stomach where clothing is least likely to rub it off or loosen. If you feel you are not receiving enough estrogen, do not add a second Climara Patch but talk to your doctor. If you still have your uterus, ask your doctor if you should be taking progesterone.