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Advice for Estrogen Patch Supply Problems

There is a Global Shortage of Estrogen Patches

This has been ongoing for several years now.

Here in NZ we are feeling this too – and many women have been struggling to get hold of their usual patches for their HRT.

The situation keeps changing all the time, so to get the most up-to-date information about the current supply status here in NZ, keep an eye on the Pharmac webpage below:

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What can you do?

Estrogen Gels

Let's get estrogen gels funded...

Estrogen Gel Petition

Pharmac have announced that they have started the process towards funding an estrogen gel here in NZ. You can find out more information about this process here:

There is also a petition to show support for this funding. This now has over 11,000 signatures.

To add your voice, you can sign this here:

How have you been affected?

Complete the survey below to share your story on how the patch supply shortage has affected you:

Patch problems in the Media

Hear real patient stories about the impact of the patch supply problem here in NZ, as well as some advice from Dr Linda here:


"Doctor's say Pharmac too slow to act over hormone replacement therapy patch shortage"

18th May 2024

Listen Here

Newstalk ZB

"Doctors claim pharmac moving too slowly to address HRT shortage"

19th May 2024

Listen Here
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Switching to Gels or Pills

Below is some conversion guides that will help you and your doctor determine the correct dosage of either estrogen gel or pills, if you want to switch from patches.

But as is often the case with our complicated female bodies, sometimes they don’t follow the exact rules - so you and your doctor may need to tweak the gel or oral doses a little, before finding your perfect recipe.