Elleste Solo MX Patches
£29.99 – £30.99
- convenient discreet patch
- effective against menopause symptoms
- Contains oestrogen, Estradiol
- Buy With Confidence From UK Registered Pharmacy
- includes Free Prescription
Elleste solo MX patches are a convenient form of HRT removing the need to take tablets. They only contain oestrogen and Elleste solo MX patches are most suitable for women who have had a hysterectomy.
What are Elleste Solo MX patches?
Elleste Solo MX Patches are a Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT). It contains the female hormone oestrogen. Elleste Solo MX Patches is a transdermal patch containing estradiol as the active ingredient. The estradiol in Elleste Solo is a synthetic version of the body’s natural oestrogen. It is made from plant materials.
Elleste Solo MX patches used in hormone replacement therapy (HRT). They are prescribed to women whose menopause symptoms are bad enough that they affect their everyday life.
Elleste Solo is used for relief of symptoms occurring after menopause
During the menopause, the amount of the oestrogen produced by a woman’s body drops. This can cause symptoms such as hot face, neck and chest (“hot flushes”). Elleste Solo alleviates these symptoms after menopause. You will only be prescribed Elleste Solo if your symptoms seriously hinder your daily life.
The estradiol gradually comes out of the sticky side of the patch and goes through your skin while you are wearing it. You will get about 40/80 micrograms of estradiol a day from Elleste Solo.
These Elleste Solo MX patches come in two doses: 40 micrograms and 80 micrograms. It’s important that you take the exact dosage your doctor prescribed for you so you don’t get too much of the HRT hormones.
Elleste Solo MX should be used by menopausal women only.
How does Elleste Solo MX work?
The natural ageing process means the amount of the natural hormones oestrogen produced by a women’s body can decline. The menopause usually occurs between 45 and 55 years of age, as a woman’s and in the UK, the average age for a woman to reach the menopause is 51.
Most women will experience menopausal symptoms. Some of these can be quite severe and have a significant impact on your everyday activities. Symptoms can include hot flushes, night sweats, vaginal dryness and discomfort during sex, difficulty sleeping, low mood or anxiety, reduced sex drive (libido) and problems with memory and concentration.
Elleste Solo MX patches contain estradiol which replace the oestrogen hormone to help relieve symptoms of menopause. Estradiol is a synthetic version of the natural oestrogen produced by the body.
If you still have a womb, your doctor will usually have prescribed Elleste Solo MX patches alongside a progestogen product. This is done to cancel out the increased risk of womb cancer that comes from taking an oestrogen-only form of HRT.
You will have a monthly bleed when using Elleste Solo MX patches. You may have unexpected bleeding or spotting in between your monthly bleed for the first 6 months, but it should not continue past this point. If it does, you should see your doctor.
How do you use Elleste Solo MX?
Your doctor will aim to give you the lowest dose to treat your symptom for as short as necessary. Speak to your doctor if you think this dose is too strong or not strong enough.
The usual dose is one Elleste Solo patch twice a week.
If you are having regular periods then you should start your Elleste Solo treatment within 5 days of the start of your bleeding.
If you are not having regular periods then you can start Elleste Solo treatment at any time.
Putting on a patch
You should stick the patch on dry, unbroken areas of your skin below the waistline such as your lower back or buttocks. Place your new patch on a fresh area of skin, away from the place youhave just used.
Do not put the patch on or near your breasts.
Before you apply the patch, wash and dry the area where you are going to put it.
Take one pack out of the carton and open the pouch. Next, take off the smaller piece of shiny backing covering the
sticky side of the patch and put the patch on the area of skin you have chosen. Then Gently peel off the rest of the backing while you flatten the surface of the patch with your other hand as you pull.
Changing your patch
You should take off each patch after 3 or 4 days, so that you use two each week and you always change them on the same two days.
As long as you have stuck the patch on correctly, it should not come off in the bath or shower.
Things you need to know before taking Elleste Solo MX 40mcg / 80mcg
Before you start HRT, you should make sure you talk to your doctor so that you understand all the risks and benefits.
You doctor will want you to be on the lowest dose necessary to manage your symptoms. For this reason, you should go for regular check-ups with your GP so they can monitor your symptoms and check that your treatment is working well.
You should also make sure you attend breast screening sessions and cervical smears when they are due.
You shouldn’t use Elleste Solo MX if you:
- are allergic to any of the ingredients in the patches
- currently have / have ever had breast cancer
- have / have ever had a cancer made worse by oestrogens (such as endometrial cancer)
- have an untreated thickening of the womb lining
- suffer from vaginal bleeding that hasn’t been explained
- experienced ever had blood clots or blood problems that may increase the likelihood of a blood clot (such as protein C, protein S or antithrombin deficiency)
- have / have ever had liver disease
- suffer ever had blocked arteries that resulted in angina, a heart attack or a stroke
- have the hereditary condition porphyria
- experienced inflammation of a vein just under the skin
For the patient information leaflet
The menopause is when a woman stops having periods and is no longer able to get pregnant naturally.
Periods usually start to become less frequent over a few months or years before they stop altogether.
The menopause is a natural part of ageing that usually occurs between 45 and 55 years of age, as a woman’s oestrogen levels decline. In the UK, the average age for a woman to reach the menopause is 51.
Symptoms of the menopause
Most women will experience menopausal symptoms. Some of these can be quite severe and have a significant impact on your everyday activities.
Common symptoms include:
vaginal dryness and discomfort during sex
low mood or anxiety
reduced sex drive (libido)
problems with memory and concentration
When to see a GP
It’s worth talking to a GP if you have menopausal symptoms that are troubling you or if you’re experiencing symptoms of the menopause before 45 years of age.
Treatments for menopausal symptoms
Your GP can offer treatments and suggest lifestyle changes if you have severe menopausal symptoms that interfere with your day-to-day life.
hormone replacement therapy (HRT) – tablets, skin patches, gels and implants that relieve menopausal symptoms by replacing oestrogen
vaginal oestrogen creams, lubricants or moisturisers for vaginal dryness
cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) – a type of talking therapy that can help with low mood and anxiety
eating a healthy, balanced diet and exercising regularly – maintaining a healthy weight and staying fit and strong can improve some menopausal symptoms
Your GP may refer you to a menopause specialist if your symptoms do not improve after trying treatment or if you’re unable to take HRT.
What causes the menopause?
The menopause is caused by a change in the balance of the body’s sex hormones, which occurs as you get older.
It happens when your ovaries stop producing as much of the hormone oestrogen and no longer release an egg each month.
Most women will experience some symptoms around the menopause. The duration and severity of these symptoms varies from woman to woman.
On average, most symptoms last around 4 years from your last period. However, around 1 in every 10 women experience them for up to 12 years.
Changes to your periods
The first sign of the menopause is usually a change in the normal pattern of your periods. Eventually, you’ll stop having periods altogether.
Common menopausal symptoms
These can have a significant impact on daily life for some women.
Common symptoms include:
hot flushes – short, sudden feelings of heat, usually in the face, neck and chest, which can make your skin red and sweaty
night sweats – hot flushes that occur at night
difficulty sleeping – this may make you feel tired and irritable during the day
a reduced sex drive (libido)
problems with memory and concentration
vaginal dryness and pain, itching or discomfort during sex
mood changes, such as low mood or anxiety
palpitations – heartbeats that suddenly become more noticeable
joint stiffness, aches and pains
reduced muscle mass
recurrent urinary tract infections (UTIs)
The menopause can also increase your risk of developing certain other problems, such as weak bones (osteoporosis).
See your GP if you’re finding your symptoms particularly troublesome, as treatments are available. Read about how to manage symptoms of the menopause.
The main treatment for menopausal symptoms is hormone replacement therapy (HRT), although other treatments are also available for some of the symptoms.
Hormone replacement therapy (HRT)
HRT involves taking oestrogen to replace the decline in your body’s own levels around the time of the menopause. This can relieve many of the associated symptoms.
There are two main types of HRT:
combined HRT (oestrogen and progestogen) – for women with menopausal symptoms who still have their womb (oestrogen taken on its own can otherwise increase your risk of womb cancer)
oestrogen-only HRT – for women who have had their womb removed in a hysterectomy
HRT is available as tablets, skin patches, a gel to rub into the skin or implants.
HRT is extremely effective at relieving menopausal symptoms, especially hot flushes and night sweats, but there are a number of side effects, including breast tenderness, headaches and vaginal bleeding. It’s also associated with an increased risk of blood clots and breast cancer in some women.
HRT is not advisable for some women, such as those who have had certain types of breast cancer or are at high risk of getting breast cancer.
Your GP can give you more information about the risks and benefits of HRT to help you decide whether or not you want to take it.
Hot flushes and night sweats
If you experience hot flushes and night sweats as a result of the menopause, simple measures may sometimes help, such as:
wearing light clothing
keeping your bedroom cool at night
taking a cool shower, using a fan or having a cold drink
trying to reduce your stress levels
avoiding potential triggers, such as spicy food, caffeine, smoking and alcohol
taking regular exercise and losing weight if you’re overweight
If the flushes and sweats are frequent or severe, your GP may suggest taking HRT.
Some women experience mood swings, low mood and anxiety around the time of the menopause.
Self-help measures such as getting plenty of rest, taking regular exercise and doing relaxing activities such as yoga and tai chi may help. Medication and other treatments are also available, including HRT and cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT). Antidepressants may help if you’ve been diagnosed with depression.
Reduced sexual desire
It’s common for women to lose interest in sex around the time of the menopause, but HRT can often help with this.
Vaginal dryness and discomfort
If your vagina becomes dry, painful or itchy as a result of the menopause, your GP can prescribe oestrogen treatment that’s put directly into your vagina as a pessary, cream or vaginal ring.
This can safely be used alongside HRT.
You’ll usually need to use vaginal oestrogen indefinitely, as your symptoms are likely to return when treatment stops. However, side effects are very rare.
You can also use over-the-counter vaginal moisturisers or lubricants in addition to, or instead of, vaginal oestrogen.
Women who have been through the menopause are at an increased risk of developing osteoporosis (weak bones) as a result of the lower level of oestrogen in the body.
You can reduce your chances of developing osteoporosis by:
taking HRT – HRT can help to prevent osteoporosis, although this effect doesn’t tend to last after treatment stops
exercising regularly – including weight-bearing and resistance exercises
eating a healthy diet that includes plenty of fruit, vegetables and sources of calcium, such as low-fat milk and yoghurt
getting some sunlight – sunlight on your skin triggers the production of vitamin D, which can help to keep your bones strong
stopping smoking and cutting down on alcohol
taking calcium and/or vitamin D supplements if you don’t feel you’re getting enough of these – discuss this with your GP
If you’re having treatment for your menopausal symptoms, you’ll need to return to your GP for a follow-up review after 3 months, and once a year after that.
Like any other medication, Elleste Solo MX patches can cause side effects. With HRT, side effects are usually temporary, and not everyone will experience side effects. Be sure you talk to your doctor to understand any side effects and risks associated with HRT.
Risks include an increased risk of developing the following conditions:
Endometrial hyperplasia / cancer (abnormal growth / cancer of the womb lining)
Blood clots in the veins of the legs or lungs (venous thromboembolism)
Heart disease and stroke
Memory loss if HRT is started over the age of 6
Three of the most common side effects for Elleste Solo MX 40mcg and 80mcg are:
For a full list of Elleste Solo MX HRT patches side effects, please see the patient information leaflet.
For the patient information leaflet