A bioidentical estrogen patch provides transdermal (through the skin) absorbtion of this natural hormone in a slow and steady dose. A bioidentical estrogen patch can be a great solution for women who do not want to take pills and who want a more specific dose than they would get with a cream. It is also helpful for those who might otherwise forget to take their hormones or use their cream. If you are someone who has signs of a hormone imbalance related to a loss of estrogen, and this is most common in women who are aging, you may want to look into the possibility of a bioidentical estrogen patch.
If we back up for second, remember that among the signs of low estrogen are depression, fatigue, vaginal issues, and some degree of muscle and joint pain may be signs of hormonal imbalances. You should get this thoroughly assessed including having hormone testing to determine whether you are in fact low in estrogen. If you are experiencing these symptoms and an assessment reveals that they are due to low estrogen, you may benefit from bioidentical hormone replacement therapy. And the likely chemical that the doctor will want to prescribe is called estradiol. You may have choices, including pills, creams, suppositories and patches, and we are focusing on the latter here.
The bottom line is that you want to get a low and steady dose of estradiol through your BHRT. All of the choices listed above are viable, but each has a drawback as well. Pills, for example, must be metabolized by the liver and when that happens they can lose efficiency and potency. Creams may be hard to dose correctly. Suppositories may be uncomfortable. And all of these methods require you to remember to administer your natural hormones and be in a place where you can do so. For these reasons many women are looking into the bioidentical estrogen patch.