What to do when you start using Estradot
Instructions at the start of a treatment for Estradot will depend on a number of things. For example, if you’ve not been using HRT previously or the treatment was continuous and combined (containing two hormones), you can start using Estradot whenever you want.
If you’ve been using a cyclic or sequential treatment, you should start using Estradot on the first day of your cycle, which is the first day of bleeding. If you're not sure what type of HRT treatment you’ve been using, speak with your clinician, who will be able to advise you.
Where to apply Estradot patches
Estradot patches should be applied to the lower part of your body and never to your breasts. The area of skin should be bare (no hair) and it should not be placed on an area where you might wear elastic, such as your waist or lower legs. You should also avoid using the same patch of skin more than once in a week.
After use, fold the patch onto itself (so the sticky side is completely covered) and throw it in the bin. You should never flush your HRT patch down the toilet.
When to change your Estradot patch
The patch needs to be changed twice a week, so the day on which you start your treatment will inform your schedule. For example, using the patch for the first time on a Monday will mean your patch changes will take place on a Monday - Thursday - Monday.
For other days, follow the same pattern. For instance: Wednesday - Saturday - Wednesday. You can write the day the patch will be used on with the calendar checklist that comes with Estradot to keep track of your use.
Medically reviewed by
Dr Daniel Atkinson
GP Clinical Lead
on August 02, 2022.
This page was medically reviewed by Dr Daniel Atkinson, GP Clinical Lead
on August 02, 2022. Next review due on August 01, 2024.
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