Topical hormone creams are a popular method of administering hormone replacement therapy (HRT) for individuals with low hormone levels. These creams are applied directly to the skin and are absorbed into the bloodstream, providing a slow and steady release of hormones. However, it’s important to apply these creams correctly to ensure that they are effective and safe.
Before applying a topical hormone cream, it’s important to clean the area of skin where the cream will be applied. This can be done with mild soap and water, or with a non-alcoholic cleanser. The area should be completely dry before applying the cream. Once the skin is clean and dry, the cream can be applied. The manufacturer’s instructions should be followed carefully, as the amount of cream to be used and the frequency of application can vary depending on the product. In general, a small amount of cream (about the size of a pea) should be applied to the skin and massaged in until it is fully absorbed.
It’s important to avoid applying the cream to broken or irritated skin, as this can increase the risk of side effects. The face should be avoided when applying the cream, as this can increase the risk of acne and other skin problems. It’s also important to note that hormone creams can have systemic effects and may interact with other medications you are taking. Therefore, it’s crucial to consult with a specialist before starting any hormone therapy, and to follow their instructions carefully.
Once the cream has been applied, it’s important to wash your hands thoroughly to avoid transferring the cream to other parts of the body or to others. It’s also important to avoid showering or bathing for at least 2-3 hours after applying the cream, as this can wash the cream off before it has had a chance to be fully absorbed into the skin. It’s also important to pay attention to the expiration date of the medication and discard it if it is expired. If the medication appears cloudy or discolored, it should also be discarded as it may be contaminated.
Research has shown that proper application of topical hormone creams is important for ensuring their effectiveness and safety. A study published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism found that topical testosterone gel applied to the skin was effective in increasing testosterone levels in men with low testosterone. Another study published in the Journal of Women’s Health found that topical estrogen cream was effective in reducing symptoms of menopause such as hot flashes and vaginal dryness.
In conclusion, it’s crucial to apply topical hormone creams correctly to ensure that they are effective and safe. The area of skin should be clean and dry before applying the cream, and the manufacturer’s instructions should be followed carefully. It’s important to avoid applying the cream to broken or irritated skin, and to avoid showering or bathing for at least 2-3 hours after applying the cream. Hormone creams can have systemic effects and may interact with other medications you are taking. Therefore, it’s crucial to consult with a specialist before starting any hormone therapy, and to follow their instructions carefully. It’s also important to pay attention to the expiration date of the medication and discard it if it is expired or if it appears cloudy or discolored.
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Dr. Jay Flottman
Dr. Jay Flottmann is a physician in Panama City, FL. He received his medical degree from University of Texas Medical Branch and has been in practice 21 years. He is experienced in military medicine, an FAA medical examiner, human performance expert, and fighter pilot. Professionally, I am a medical doctor (M.D. from the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston), a fighter pilot (United States Air Force trained – F-15C/F-22/AT-38C), and entrepreneur.
- Education & Training
- National Defense UniversityNational Defense University – M.S., 2015
- Keesler Medical CenterKeesler Medical Center – Residency, Pediatrics, 1997 – 1998
- University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine – Class of 1997
- Texas A&M University – B.S., Biomedical Science, Magna Cum Laude, 1993