Compare Alora vs. Minivelle

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Alora (estradiol patch)

Prescription only
Relieves hot flashes and vaginal dryness due to menopause and strengthens your bones.

Alora (estradiol patch) treats symptoms from low estrogen, and it may have fewer side effects than oral estrogen pills.

Relieves menopause symptoms.

The Minivelle (estradiol patch) is the mini-me of estrogen patches. It's used twice a week, available in five strengths, and has the least amount of skin irritation.

4.2/ 5 average rating with 17 reviewsforMinivelle
Upsides
  • Alora (estradiol patch) replaces estrogen to your whole body and relieves many symptoms due to low estrogen, like hot flashes and vaginal dryness.
  • The patch is good for people who don't want to or can't take daily pills.
  • Can be worn while swimming, bathing, and showering.
  • By using a patch instead of a pill, there's a lower risk of side effects such as blood clots and stroke since lower amounts of estrogen are used in patches.
  • Lowers your risk of fractures by keeping your bones healthy.
  • Minivelle (estradiol patch) is the smallest estrogen patch available. It's the size a dime and comes in 5 different strengths.
  • Causes little or no skin irritation and doesn't leave much adhesive on your skin.
  • Minivelle (estradiol patch) replaces estrogen to your whole body and relieves many symptoms due to low estrogen, like hot flashes and vaginal dryness.
  • By using a patch instead of a pill, there's a lower risk of side effects such as blood clots and stroke since lower amounts of estrogen are used in patches.
  • Lowers your risk of fractures by keeping your bones healthy.
Downsides
  • You need to replace Alora (estradiol patch) twice a week, compared to other patches that are once a week.
  • Patches can fall off.
  • Increases your risk of uterine and breast cancer.
  • Increases your risk of developing blood clots and stroke.
  • Can worsen other health conditions, like high cholesterol, asthma, diabetes, fluid retention, and migraines.
  • Can't be used in people with liver problems.
  • You need to replace Minivelle (estradiol patch) twice a week, compared to other patches that are once a week.
  • Patches can fall off.
  • Increases your risk of uterine and breast cancer.
  • Increases your risk of developing blood clots and stroke.
  • Can worsen other health conditions, like high cholesterol, asthma, diabetes, fluid retention, and migraines.
  • Can't be used in people with liver problems.
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Used for
  • Treats hot flashes, night sweats and flushing in women in menopause
  • Treats vaginal changes in women in menopause
  • Treats low estrogen in women
  • Prevents bone thinning in women in menopause
  • Gender confirmation for transgender women
  • Hot flashes
  • Prevention of bone thinning in postmenopausal women
Dosage forms
  • Patch
  • Patch
Price
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Reviews
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17 reviews so far
82%
saidit'sworth it
76%
saiditworked well
18%
saidit'sa big hassle

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Side effects
31possible side effects
  • Vaginal bleeding
    33%
  • Headache
    21%
  • Lung infection
    16%
  • Pain
    9%
  • Sinus infection
    8%
  • Vaginal inflammation
    8%
  • Breast pain
    7%
  • Back pain
    6%
  • Skin irritation
    6%
  • Accidental injury
    5%
  • Gas
    5%
  • Trouble sleeping
    5%
  • Itchiness
    5%
  • Nausea
    4%
  • Flu like symptoms
    3%
  • Stomach pain
    3%
  • Diarrhea
    3%
  • Depression
    3%
  • Airway inflammation
    3%
  • Cough
    3%
  • Rash
    3%
  • Weakness
    2%
  • Constipation
    2%
  • Swelling of arms and legs
    2%
  • Muscle aches
    2%
  • Anxiety
    2%
  • Sore throat
    2%
  • Breast growth
    2%
  • Bladder infection
    2%
  • White or yellow vaginal discharge
    2%
  • Breast tumor
    2%
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20possible side effects
  • Headache
    26%
  • Breast pain
    13%
  • Back pain
    11%
  • Menstrual bleeding
    11%
  • Influenza
    8%
  • Common cold
    8%
  • Nausea
    5%
  • Pain
    5%
  • Sinus infection
    5%
  • Lung infection
    5%
  • Neck pain
    5%
  • Limb pain
    5%
  • Sinus congestion
    5%
  • Joint pain
    4%
  • Depression
    3%
  • Constipation
    2%
  • Flu-like symptoms
    2%
  • Sinus headache
    2%
  • Anxiety
    2%
  • Trouble sleeping
    2%
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Risks and risk factors
  • Endometrial cancer
    • Using estrogen for more than one year
  • Breast cancer
    • Personal or family history of breast cancer
    • Using estrogen for more than one year
  • Increased risk of blood clots and stroke
    • Personal or family history of blood clots
    • Smoking
    • Obesity
    • Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE)
  • Increased risk of heart disease
    • Smoking
    • Obesity
    • High blood pressure
    • High blood sugar
    • High cholesterol
    • Age 50 or older
  • Dementia
    • Age 65 or older
  • Pancreas swelling (pancreatitis)
    • High levels of triglycerides
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  • Endometrial cancer
    • Using estrogen for more than one year
  • Breast cancer
    • Personal or family history of breast cancer
    • Using estrogen for more than one year
  • Increased risk of blood clots and stroke
    • Personal or family history of blood clots
    • Smoking
    • Obesity
    • Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE)
  • Increased risk of heart disease
    • Smoking
    • Obesity
    • High blood pressure
    • High blood sugar
    • High cholesterol
    • Age 50 or older
  • Dementia
    • Age 65 or older
  • Pancreas swelling (pancreatitis)
    • High levels of triglycerides
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