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What is Evorel Conti Patches
Evorel Conti Patch is a continuous combined hormone replacement therapy appropriate for menopausal women. For those who haven't had a menstrual period (in the last 18 months), it offers relief from symptoms of menopause and prevents osteoporosis. Evorel Conti is a patch placed on the skin and changed twice weekly.
Evorel Conti Patches are an easy way to ease the life-altering symptoms of menopause, like hot flushes, strong heartbeat, osteoporosis, dryness of the eyes, mood swings, reduced sex drive, night sweats, vaginal dryness, irritability, insomnia, and pain during sex.
Evorel Conti Patch contains synthetic estrogen and progesterone that are absorbed slowly through the skin without needing to apply cream or swallow tablets. These patches reduce the risk of developing some cancers for women with an intact uterus compared to some other HRT options.
How should I use Evorel Conti Patch?
Evorel Conti patches are for transdermal use only by postmenopausal women without a hysterectomy. Apply a patch to the skin on the buttocks or hips, changing and rotating sites twice a week. Patches should be worn continuously without a break. Do not apply to the skin on or around the breasts.
Patches may be worn under loose-fitting clothing. However, be careful not to place your patch under any tight or elasticated waistbands.
How to apply Evorel Conti Patch?
- Before application, wash the skin and dry it thoroughly.
- Remove the Evorel Conti Patch from its pouch and peel off half the protective liner from the back of the patch.
- Place the Evorel Conti Patch onto the desired area of hairless, intact skin, sticky side down. Next, peel off the other half of the liner, pressing the patch down onto the skin for 30 seconds.
When removing the patch, fold the sticky side and put it into the bin, away from the children and animals. Do not flush them down the toilet. If a patch falls off or you forget to change one, wait until your patch change day to keep your body in its cycle as much as possible.
Can I buy Evorel Conti Patches online?
You can purchase Evorel Conti Patches online via Click Pharmacy. First, you have to complete a health questionnaire. Then, our in-house doctors will assess it for the eligibility criteria. Once you are approved for the treatment, you may purchase it immediately. We will send your purchase quickly and discreetly.
How effective is Evorel Conti?
Evorel Conti patch is a continuous combined treatment that does not involve a regular period. Women receive both oestrogen and progesterone from these. These effectively relieve menopausal symptoms in women who have not had a hysterectomy and therefore require both forms of the hormone. Evorel Conti patches are suited for women who have already reached menopause but still suffer distressing symptoms. They are also beneficial for postmenopausal women who are more likely to suffer from osteoporosis-related bone issues.
Why choose Evorel Conti Patch?
Evorel Conti patch is a quick and straightforward way to receive the exact dose of hormones you require daily. In addition, it frees you from forgetting to take a tablet or worrying about applying the cream.
Evorel Conti is a convenient alternative for patients who cannot or prefer not to swallow tablets every day. If someone other than the patient gets the HRT cream, they can absorb the treatment dose, making it a more complex form of therapy to manage. Similarly, remembering to take a tablet every day can be too much for some people. Therefore, a patch's quick and easy application means you receive the hormones you need without worrying about forgetting to take it or anyone else being affected.
What is contained in Evorel Conti Patch?
The active ingredients in the Evorel Conti patch are estradiol hemihydrate and synthetic progesterone (norethisterone acetate).
The inactive ingredients are:
- Duro-Tak 387-2287, which makes the patches stick
- Guar gum
- Hostaphan MN19 on the backing film.
In case of any allergic responses, consult your GP or a pharmacist at Click pharmacy before going ahead and purchasing your prescription.
What dose should I choose?
Evorel Conti Patch is an HRT for continuous use. Evorel Conti is a patch placed on the skin and changed twice weekly. The pack consists of eight patches. Each Evorel Conti Patch contains:
- 3.2 estradiol hemihydrate
- 11.2 mg norethisterone acetate
How does Evorel Conti Patches work?
Evorel Conti patch slowly releases two active ingredients, Estradiol (3.2mg) and Norethisterone (11.2mg). These imitate the action of the two female sex hormones, oestrogen and progesterone.
Evorel Conti patches are a combined HRT containing the two sex hormones affected during menopause. Oestrogen is depleted during this time, which results in the unpleasant and unwanted side effects that many women experience. By topping up the falling oestrogen levels with Estradiol, issues such as night sweats and mood swings are eased.
Progesterone is necessary for women who haven't had a hysterectomy to stop the overgrowth of the womb lining. This may lead to endometrial cancer. During the reproductive years, progesterone causes the womb lining to shed each month during the monthly cycle. Though women experience no periods during menopause, the progesterone just opposes the oestrogen's effects on the endometrium lining. As a result, it helps to reduce the risk of cancer.
For how long can I use Evorel Conti?
You can use Evorel Conti Patch for several years to ease the side effects of menopause. In the UK, the average menopause age in women is 51, though some women start normal menopause as early as 45. So premature menopause would be earlier than this. Menopausal symptoms usually last between 4 and 5 years, so in most situations, HRT may be used during this time.
It is advisable to have annual gynaecological checkups and a medication review to ensure you are still on the safest and most beneficial form of HRT for your health.
What are the side effects of Evorel Conti Patch?
Aside from the benefits of Evorel Conti patches, there are potential side effects which may be experienced by some women and not by others. It is usually recommended to wait at least 12 weeks before changing HRT so your body may get used to the effects of the hormones and balance out. After this time, most women find their side effects disappear. However, if you are concerned, you may speak to your doctor anytime about the side effects you experience.
The potential side effects may of the patch are headache, breast tenderness/pain, nausea, diarrhoea, stomach pain, painful joints, tingling in the hands or feet, vaginal bleeding or discharge, breakthrough bleeding, anxiety, mood swings, water retention, fatigue, dizziness, weight gain, itchiness or inflamed skin where the patch is applied.
The severe side effects of the Evorel Conti Patch are stomach cramps, blood clots, migraine for the first time, high blood pressure, long heavy periods, fits, rash or peeling skin, swelling of the face or throat, and swelling of the hands or feet.
If you are concerned about these effects, or if the product affects you in any other way, stop using it immediately and talk to your doctor or pharmacist. You can book a free and confidential appointment with your doctor online at Click Pharmacy anytime.
Other Warnings to consider
HRT poses an increased risk of developing breast cancer, endometrium or ovaries. However, combined HRTs such as Evorel Conti patches help to lower this risk in women who have not had their wombs removed.
Evorel Conti patches are not recommended for women with heart disease or a heart attack, as HRT can affect the heart and circulation.
Blood clots are likely to occur in HRT users. The risk of developing them, especially in the first year of using a treatment, may be increased in certain situations if you:
- Ever had breast cancer
- May have cancer which is sensitive to oestrogen (including uterine cancer).
- Have untreated endometrial hyperplasia (an excessively thick womb lining).
- Suffer from a blood clotting disease or have ever had a blood clot.
- Have recently had a heart attack or stroke.
- Have unexplained vaginal bleeding.
- Have a history of liver disease.
- Suffer from porphyria (a rare hereditary blood disease).
- Are allergic to the ingredients of the patch.
- Are pregnant or breastfeeding.
Inform your GP if you plan to use Evorel Conti Patch and have ever had any of the following health complications:
- Impaired liver function
- Uterine problems, including endometriosis or endometrial hyperplasia
- Circulation problems (e.g. angina, heart attack)
- High risk of blood clots
- Systemic lupus erythematosus
- Fluid retention
- High blood pressure
- High-fat levels in the blood
- Otosclerosis (a hereditary ear disorder)
- A family history of breast cancer or another oestrogen-sensitive cancer
- History of severe allergic reactions
How long does it take for Evorel Conti to work?
Like most HRTs, Evorel Conti patches take a few weeks to function properly. It is expected to experience a significant improvement in symptoms within a few weeks. However, you will get the best effect within 2 to 3 months.
Can you cut Evorel Conti patches in half?
Absolutely not. You should not cut Evorel Conti patches in half. You will not get the required amount of hormones if you do that. As a result, you could experience severe side effects. This could also worsen your symptoms.
Can I get Evorel Conti on the NHS?
Yes. Evorel Conti patches are available on the NHS. Consult your GP in order to Evorel Conti patches prescribed on the NHS.
Can I get Evorel Conti over the counter?
No. Getting Evorel Conti over the counter in the UK is impossible. This is because it contains hormones which are used to treat menopause symptoms. You need a prescription to purchase the patches.
How does HRT work?
Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) alleviates the symptoms of menopause by substituting the levels of hormones that the body tends to produce naturally. Some HRT medicines are oestrogen only. However, women who still have a uterus should not use such HRTs, as an uncontrolled increase in oestrogen levels in the body can cause the the endometrium to grow in an excessive manner. This can lead to a higher risk of complications such as endometrial cancer.
Evorel Conti patches contain norethisterone acetate, which is a synthetic version of progesterone. This helps negate this increased risk.
Alternatives to Evorel Conti Patches
There are various different types of HRT medications available on prescription. This includes those HRTs that contain just oestrogen and combined HRT. For example, Evorel Conti patches contain the same active ingredients as other HRT patches, such as Femseven Conti patches.
In addition, you can find HRT in the form of tablets, patches, and vaginal gels.
Interactions with other medicines
It is crucial to provide a list of medications you are currently on to your GP. This is because Evorel Conti should be used with caution when it is used with various other medicines. These include:
- Popular medication for epilepsy (carbamazepine and lamotrigineBosentan, for high blood pressure in the lungs)
- Medication for tuberculosis
- Medication for HIV infection
- The herbal medicine known as St John’s Wort
Also, note that when applying the patches, you should avoid using gels and creams on the same skin area beforehand.
What is HRT?
HRT is a hormone replacement therapy that effectively mitigates the symptoms of menopause, like night sweats and hot flashes. HRT may include tablets, patches, gels, and implants.
What are the risks of HRT?
Women receiving HRT may experience headaches, vaginal bleeding, and breast tenderness.
What is Osteoporosis?
The weakening of the bones due to reduced oestrogen levels is osteoporosis. It is more common in women who have reached menopause. Oestrogen from HRT may prevent osteoporosis in the short term. However, once you stop HRT, you may again experience osteoporosis.
What is Evorel Conti Patch?
Evorel Conti Patch is a combined hormonal treatment containing synthetic estrogen and progesterone to relieve the symptoms of menopause.
What is the active ingredient of the Evorel Conti Patch?
The active ingredients in the Evorel Conti patch are estradiol hemihydrate and synthetic progesterone.
How can I use Evorel Conti Patch?
Evorel Conti is a patch placed on the skin and changed twice weekly.
How do I cope with heavy periods during menopause?
Menorrhagia, or heavy periods, is common in women between thirty and fifty. It may be due to fibroids, blood blisters, cysts or polyps in or around the uterus. Also, it may result from the changing hormone balance around the time of menopause or the process of ovaries ageing and failing. Consult your GP if you experience menorrhagia, as it is often a cause of further illness.
What treatments are available for heavy periods?
Multiple treatment options are available if your periods are severely heavy, like Cyclokapron, Ponstan, Mirena Coil, or cyclical progestogen hormones.
- Breast tenderness/pain
- Stomach pain
- Painful joints
- Tingling in the hands or feet
- Vaginal bleeding or discharge
- Breakthrough bleeding
- Mood swings
- Water retention
- Weight gain
- Itchiness or inflamed skin where the patch is applied