Estrogens, Esterified/Methyltestosterone (Oral)
Methyltestosterone is sometimes given along with esterified estrogen in order to protect women’s health after menopause. This medication contains testosterone–a male hormone–in addition to female hormones such as estrogen. This type of hormone replacement therapy helps balance the woman’s hormones after she goes through menopause.
Women who take this medication are at increased risk of developing endometrial cancer, or cancer of the lining of the uterus. The main symptom of this disease is vaginal bleeding; women should see their doctors immediately if they experience this symptom. Having a hysterectomy eliminates the risk of this disease. Women may also develop breast cancer and have a greater risk of heart attacks or strokes while on this medication.