Topical hormone creams (estrogen, progesterone) typically used by menopausal women and topical testosterone cream used by men are having unintended medical consequences on children and pets. Topical hormone creams are often applied to exposed areas of the body, such as inner wrists or inner elbows for estrogen creams and upper arms and shoulders for testosterone creams. When children or pets come into contact with the areas of an adult’s body to which topical hormone cream has been applied, it is inadvertently transferred to the child or pet, producing unintended medical consequences.
Health Risks of Hormone Cream Exposure to Children
When children are exposed to topical hormone creams on a regular basis, it produces adverse medical consequences both physically and in their emotional development. The exposure can cause children’s gentiles to enlarge and public hair to grow. These medical consequences can occur even as young as infancy, if the infant is exposed to hormone cream on a regular basis, such as being held in the arms of an adult wearing topical hormone cream in the bend of their elbow. Aggressive behavior also can occur in children who have had prolonged exposure to topical hormone creams, those same children will also experience advanced aging of their bones which is not reversible.
Health Risks of Hormone Cream Exposure for Pets
Male and female dogs, even after being spayed or neutered, show significant changes in the appearance of their genitals. Male dogs develop swollen mammary glands and an abnormally small sized penis. Female dogs develop swollen vulvas that look as though they are in heat. Both male and female dogs will lose their fur when being exposed to topical hormone creams on a regular basis. These same physical transformations will occur in cats that are exposed to topical hormone creams.
How to Avoid Exposing Children and Pets to Hormone Creams
Men and women are using topical hormone creams for a variety of medically necessary reasons, and those hormone creams pose no health threats to children or pets if they are applied correctly to an area of the body that is not exposed to anyone else.
Users of topical hormone creams should wear disposable rubber gloves when applying the creams. Applying the hormone cream with bare hands followed by hand washing still leaves a trace amount of the active ingredient on the hands that can be transmitted to children or pets through touch.
Confine the application of topical hormone cream to only the areas of the body that will be consistently covered with clothing to avoid exposing children and pets to the hormone creams when holding or petting them.