“Women who take birth control pills have not been through menopause and need higher levels of hormones to prevent ovulation. HRT is not a high enough…”.1

Umbrella
What may the Hormone Therapy and Contraception Umbrella include?

Depending on the Source (DotS) this Umbrella may include:

  • Birth Control
  • Conception
  • Contraception
  • Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT)
  • Hormone Therapy (HT)
  • Menopausal Hormone Therapy (MHT)
  • Pregnancy

Contraceptive or Not

Is menopausal hormone therapy (MHT), hormone replacement therapy (HRT) or hormone therapy (HT) a contraceptive which women can choose to use to prevent becoming pregnant?

No. The (Australian) Jean Hailes for Women’s Health caution:

Hormone Therapy and Contraception
“Please note that MHT is not a contraceptive”.2

In Estrogen & Hormones: Overview – Is HRT the Same As Birth Control? the (United States) Cleveland Clinic explain:

“No. Although women who take birth control pills are also taking estrogen and progestin, the effect is not the same. Women who take birth control pills have not been through menopause and need higher levels of hormones to prevent ovulation. HRT is not a high enough strength to stop ovulation. After menopause, estrogen levels are low and HRT is used at a low dose to restore hormone levels to a more normal level”.3

Contraception

How long may women need to use contraception?

The North American Menopause Society note:

“Although fertility falls during perimenopause, women are not fully protected from an unplanned pregnancy until they have reached menopause, which means 12 straight months without a period. Even if you have a few months without a period, you can still get pregnant”.4

Health Care Provider

If I choose to use HT what may I choose to use for contraception?

If you choose to use HT it may be in your best interest to also choose to talk to your health care provider about your contraceptive options.

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  1. Estrogen & Hormones: Overview – Is HRT the Same As Birth Control? Reviewed: 29 April 2019. Cleveland Clinic https://my.clevelandclinic.org/health/articles/16979-estrogen–hormones Accessed: 06 July 2020
  2. Sex & Relationships: Managing Contraception During Menopause – When Is It Safe To Stop Contraception? Last Updated: 04 March 2020 | Last Reviewed: 17 December 2017. Jean Hailes for Women’s Health https://jeanhailes.org.au/health-a-z/menopause/sex Accessed: 06 July 2020
  3. Estrogen & Hormones: Overview – Is HRT the Same As Birth Control? Reviewed: 29 April 2019. Cleveland Clinic https://my.clevelandclinic.org/health/articles/16979-estrogen–hormones Accessed: 06 July 2020
  4. Contraception: You Need It Longer Than You May Think. North American Menopause Society https://www.menopause.org/for-women/sexual-health-menopause-online/reminders-and-resources/contraception-you-need-it-longer-than-you-may-think Accessed: 06 July 2020
Topic Last Updated: 06 July 2020 – Topic Last Reviewed: 06 July 2020
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