Oestrogen Therapy

Talk to your GP about which hormones would suit you. Generally oestradiol is the preferred oestrogen as it can be monitored with routine blood levels, and is thought to be safer than ethinyloestradiol (the oestrogen contained in most contraceptive pills).

Oestradiol is available as tablets, patches or gels. Some GPs at Northside Clinic are also able to insert oestrogen implants.

Some people require an ‘anti-androgen’ to further lower testosterone levels. Spironolactone and Androcur (cyproterone acetate) are commonly prescribed at Northside Clinic. Ask your GP for further details.

Oestrogen can cause serious side effects such as deep vein thrombosis (DVT), particularly in smokers.