Palm Beach, FL
A 55-year-old male asked:
Does topical estriol get converted into estradiol in women treated for menopause? is estriol any safer than estradiol? mammogram/breast exam is normal
2 doctor answers • 6 doctors weighed in
Obstetrics and Gynecology 15 years experience
Estrogen in menopaus: There are several types of Estrogens available to treat menopausal symptoms. The benefit of topical estrogen is you avoid passage through the liver. The conversion of estrogen in the liver can lead to increase cholesterol, blood pressure, risk of blood clots. Estrogen is safe , however, depending on your health history may not be. If you have your uterus you should be on progesterone.
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Family Medicine 22 years experience
NO; Yes: Estriol does not convert to other Estrogens in the body. It is safer because it's the weakest of the Estrogens and has no link to breast cancer. Studies suggest thta estriol has a protective effect. If used incorrectly, though, it can trigger hot flashes.
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Last updated Feb 8, 2017
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