Studies indicate that the gel is as effective in treating menopausal symptoms as oral HRT.Reuse content
HORMONE replacement therapy (HRT) may soon be available in Britain in a form already popular with French women - as a gel that can be rubbed into the skin. Oestrogel, a synthetic form of the hormone oestradiol, made by a French drug company, is spread on the abdomen or thigh from a pump dispenser. Like the HRT skin patch, the drug passes through the skin and into the bloodstream, thereby preventing the side- effects caused by taking oestrogen orally. The gel is also thought to match natural levels of oestrogen more accurately than oral preparations. It can be combined with progestogen taken orally.