How does Alora treat osteoporosis?

Patricia Geraghty, NP
Women's Health
Alora is the brand name of a patch that allows estrogen in the form of estradiol to be absorbed through the skin. Estrogen has been shown to prevent the loss of bone mass that is osteoporosis. It also prevents fractures, including hip fractures.
In a woman who still has a uterus, a form of progestin must be added to her medications along with the Alora patch. This protects the uterus from stimulation by the estrogen, preventing uterine cancer.
The benefits and risks of using Alora are the same benefits and risks as using any kind of menopausal hormone therapy. There is an increased risk of blood clots in the vessels. Several new studies, however, say the risk of blood clots is less if the estrogen is given by skin absorption than by swallowing a pill. There is an increased risk of breast cancer in  women who use both estrogen and progestin for prolonged time or into their 60's. Women who had a hysterectomy and only used estrogen did not have an increased risk of breast cancer.

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