Femoston is a sequential treatment that you can get in two doses: 1/10 and 2/10. The dose of progesterone (dydrogesterone) in both is the same (10mg) but the dose of oestrogen (estradiol) is different (1mg in 1/10 and 2mg in 2/10).
Because it’s a sequential therapy, the levels of hormones change in the middle of each monthly pack of pills. Each pack contains 14 pills that contain only estradiol, and 14 pills that contain both estradiol and dydrogesterone. When you take the pills in sequence, it means that you’ll only take one hormone for half the month, and two hormones for the other half.
This type of HRT is recommended for women who are perimenopausal, or in the earlier stages of the menopause.
After you’ve stopped having bleeds for a certain amount of time (usually a year), this is known as the postmenopsual stage, and you’ll then switch to continuous therapy. In continuous HRT pills, the amount of hormone in the pills stays the same throughout the month. So with Femoston Conti, which is a continuous type of HRT, you get both hormones in all 28 pills in each pack.
This phased approach can help women to better manage their symptoms.