Fenway Institute: Shortage of Injectable Estrogen a Crisis for Transgender Women

Injectable estrogen is a commonly prescribed hormone therapy for transgender women and comes in 40 mg/mL, 20 mg/mL, and 10mg/mL dosages. The 40 mg/mL formulation of injectable estrogen is the most frequently prescribed dose, and has been out of stock for approximately 20 months. Healthcare providers have tried to work around the shortage by having patients take two doses of the 20 mg/mL formula, or four doses of the 10 mg/mL formula, but even those formulas have been hard to find. Although estrogen is also available via patch and oral tablet, injectable estrogen is often preferred by patients because it avoids potential side effects on the liver and patients report faster breast development.

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Fenway Institute: Shortage of Injectable Estrogen a Crisis for Transgender Women

Fenway Institute: Shortage of Injectable Estrogen a Crisis for Transgender Women

Fenway Institute: Shortage of Injectable Estrogen a Crisis for Transgender Women

Fenway Institute: Shortage of Injectable Estrogen a Crisis for Transgender Women

Fenway Institute: Shortage of Injectable Estrogen a Crisis for Transgender Women

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