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Estradiol enantate

Estradiol enantate
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Clinical data
Trade namesPerlutal, Topasel, Unalmes, Yectames, others
Other namesEE; E2E; E2-EN; EEn; Estradiol enanthate; Estradiol heptanoate; SQ-16150
Routes of
Intramuscular injection[1][2]
Drug classEstrogen; Estrogen ester
ATC code
Legal status
Legal status
  • In general: ℞ (Prescription only)
Pharmacokinetic data
BioavailabilityIM: High
Protein bindingEstradiol: ~98% (to albumin and SHBG)[5][6]
MetabolismCleavage via esterases in the liver, blood, and tissues[3][4]
MetabolitesEstradiol, heptanoic acid, and metabolites of estradiol[3][4]
Elimination half-lifeIM: 5.6–7.5 days[7][1][8][9]
Duration of actionIM (10 mg): ~20–30 days[10][3]
CAS Number
PubChem CID
CompTox Dashboard (EPA)
ECHA InfoCard100.023.272 Edit this at Wikidata
Chemical and physical data
Molar mass384.56 g/mol g·mol−1
3D model (JSmol)

Estradiol enantate (E2-EN or EEn), also spelled estradiol enanthate and sold under the brand names Perlutal and Topasel among others, is an estrogen medication which is used in hormonal birth control for women.[1][2][11] It is formulated in combination with dihydroxyprogesterone acetophenide (DHPA; algestone acetophenide), a progestin, and is used specifically as a combined injectable contraceptive.[1][2] Estradiol enantate is not available for medical use alone.[12][13][14][15] The medication, in combination with DHPA, is given by injection into muscle once a month.[1][2]

Side effects of estradiol enantate include breast tenderness, breast enlargement, nausea, headache, and fluid retention.[16] Estradiol enantate is a synthetic estrogen and hence is an agonist of the estrogen receptor, the biological target of estrogens like estradiol.[4][3] It is an estrogen ester and a long-lasting prodrug of estradiol in the body.[3][4] Because of this, it is considered to be a natural and bioidentical form of estrogen.[3][17]

Estradiol enantate was first described by 1954,[18] and was first studied in combination with DHPA as a combined injectable contraceptive in 1964.[19][20] The combination was introduced for clinical use by the mid-1970s.[21][22][23] Estradiol enantate is not available as a standalone medication (i.e., by itself without DHPA).[15] The combination is available in Latin America and Hong Kong, and was also previously marketed in Spain and Portugal.[15][2][13]

Medical uses

Estradiol enantate is used in combination with the progestin DHPA as a once-monthly combined injectable contraceptive for women in Latin America and Hong Kong.[1][2][24][15] Estradiol enantate has been studied in feminizing hormone therapy for transgender women as well.[25] The combination of estradiol enantate and DHPA has likewise been used by transgender women (referred to as "travestis" in some cultures, especially in South America) for such purposes.[26]

Available forms

The following forms of estradiol enantate are or have been available for use:[11][27][28][23][2]

  • Estradiol enantate 10 mg and DHPA 150 mg (brand names Perlutal, Topasel, many others)
  • Estradiol enantate 5 mg and DHPA 75 mg (brand names Anafertin, Patector NF, Yectames)
  • Estradiol enantate 10 mg and DHPA 120 mg (brand names Unalmes, Yectuna)
  • Estradiol enantate 10 mg and DHPA 75 mg (brand name Ova Repos; discontinued)

A 6 mg estradiol enantate and 90 mg DHPA formulation was also studied, but was never marketed.[29][30][31] The combination of estradiol enantate and DHPA has also been studied at other doses ranging from 5 to 50 mg estradiol enantate and 75 to 200 mg DHPA.[32]

The combination of estradiol enantate and DHPA is provided in ampoules at estradiol enantate concentrations of 5 mg/mL and 10 mg/mL.

Available forms of estradiol

Route Ingredient Form Dose Major brand names
Oral Estradiol Tablet 0.1, 0.2, 0.5, 1, 2, or 4 mg per tablet Estrace, Ovocyclin
Estradiol acetatea Tablet 0.45, 0.9, or 1.8 mg per tablet Femtrace
Estradiol valerate Tablet 0.5, 1, 2, or 4 mg per tablet Progynova
Sublingual Estradiola Tablet 0.125, 0.25, or 1 mg per tablet Diogynets, Estradiol Membrettes
Intranasal Estradiola Nasal spray 150 µg per spray (60 sprays per bottle) Aerodiol
Transdermal Estradiol Patch 14, 25, 37.5, 50, 60, 75, or 100 µg E2 per day for 3–4 or 7 days Climara, Estraderm, Vivelle
Gel dispenser 0.06% (0.87 or 1.25 g gel or 0.52 or 0.75 mg E2 per activation) Elestrin, EstroGel
Gel packet 0.1% (0.25, 0.5, or 1 g gel or 2.5, 5, or 10 mg E2 per packet) DiviGel, Sandrena
Emulsion 0.14% (1.74 g emulsion or 4.35 mg E2 per pouch; 50 µg/day E2) Estrasorb
Spray 1.53 mg per spray Evamist
Vaginal Estradiol Tablet 10 or 25 µg per tablet Vagifem
Cream 0.01% (0.1 mg E2 per 1 g cream) Estrace
Suppositorya 4 or 40 μg per suppository Ovocyclin
Insert 4 or 10 µg per insert (daily for 2 weeks then twice weekly) Imvexxy
Ring 2 mg per ring (7.5 µg/day E2 for 3 months) Estring
Estradiol acetate Ring 12.4 or 24.8 mg per ring (50 or 100 µg/day E2 for 3 months) Femring
Injection (IM or SC) Estradiol Microspheres 1 mg/mL Juvenum E
Estradiol benzoate Oil solution 0.167, 0.2, 0.333, 1, 1.67, 2, 5, 10, 20, or 25 mg/mL Progynon-B
Aqueous suspensiona 5 mg/mL Agofollin Depot
Estradiol cypionate Oil solution 1, 3, or 5 mg/mL Depo-Estradiol
Aqueous suspension 5 mg/0.5 mL (available only with a progestin) Cyclofem, Lunelle
Estradiol dipropionatea Oil solution 0.1, 0.2, 0.5, 1, 2.5, or 5 mg/mL Di-Ovocylin, Progynon-DP
Estradiol enantate Oil solution 5 or 10 mg/mL (available only with a progestin) Perlutal, Topasel
Estradiol undecylatea Oil solution 100 mg/mL Delestrec, Progynon Depot 100
Estradiol valerate Oil solution 5, 10, 20, or 40 mg/mL Delestrogen, Progynon Depot
Polyestradiol phosphatea Aqueous solution 40 or 80 mg per vial/ampoule Estradurin
Implant Estradiola Pellet 20, 25, 50, or 100 mg per pellet (usually every 6 months) Estradiol Implants, Meno-Implant
Abbreviations: E2 = Estradiol. Footnotes: a = Discontinued or mostly discontinued. Notes: (1): This table mostly does not include combination products, for instance estradiol formulated in combination with a progestogen or androgen. (2): This table does not include compounded estradiol products; only approved pharmaceutical preparations are included. (3): The availability of pharmaceutical estradiol products differs by country (see Estradiol (medication) § Availability). (4): Some of these formulations and doses have been marketed previously but may no longer be available. Sources: See template.


Contraindications of estrogens include coagulation problems, cardiovascular diseases, liver disease, and certain hormone-sensitive cancers such as breast cancer and endometrial cancer, among others.[33][34][35][36]

Side effects

The side effects of estradiol enantate are the same as those of estradiol. Examples of such side effects include breast tenderness and enlargement, nausea, bloating, edema, headache, and melasma.[16] The combination of estradiol enantate and DHPA as a combined injectable contraceptive has shown no adverse effects on liver function, lipid metabolism, or coagulation.[37][2]

A case report of a prolactinoma in a transgender women treated with 10 mg estradiol enantate every 2 weeks exists.[38][39]


Estradiol enantate has been studied at very high doses of up to 100 to 200 mg per month by intramuscular injection, without overt signs of acute toxicity observed.[25] Symptoms of estrogen overdosage may include nausea, vomiting, bloating, increased weight, water retention, breast tenderness, vaginal discharge, heavy legs, and leg cramps.[33] These side effects can be diminished by reducing the estrogen dosage.[33]


Inhibitors and inducers of cytochrome P450 may influence the metabolism of estradiol and by extension circulating estradiol levels.[40]


Estradiol, the active form of estradiol enantate.


Estradiol enantate is an estradiol ester, or a prodrug of estradiol.[3][4] As such, it is an estrogen, or an agonist of the estrogen receptors.[3][4] Estradiol enantate is of about 41% higher molecular weight than estradiol due to the presence of its C17β enantate ester.[41][15] Because estradiol enantate is a prodrug of estradiol, it is considered to be a natural and bioidentical form of estrogen.[3][17]

The combination of 10 mg estradiol enantate and 150 mg DHPA as a once-monthly combined injectable contraceptive (which achieves levels of estradiol of around 350 pg/mL)[10][42][43] has been found to have little to no effect on many markers of estrogen-modulated liver protein synthesis, including circulating levels of HDL and LDL cholesterol, copper, ceruloplasmin, total and free cortisol, corticosteroid-binding globulin, and sex hormone-binding globulin.[44] However, it was found to significantly increase levels of triglycerides and to significantly decrease levels of total and free testosterone.[44] In contrast to the estradiol enantate-containing combined injectable contraceptive, an ethinylestradiol-containing birth control pill produced highly significant changes in all of the preceding parameters.[44]

Studies in women and female capuchin monkeys have found that injections of estradiol enantate and DHPA significantly alter levels of coagulation factors.[45][46]

The clinical estrogenic effects of estradiol enantate and ethinylestradiol have been compared in other studies as well.[47]

Parenteral potencies and durations of steroidal estrogens

Estrogen Form Major brand name(s) EPD (14 days) CIC-D (month) Duration
Estradiol Oil solution 40–60 mg 1–10 mg ≈ 1–2 days
Aqueous suspensiona Mego-E ? 3.5 mg 3.5 mg ≈ >5 days
Microspheres Juvenum-E, Juvenum ? 1 mg ≈ 30 days
Estradiol benzoate Oil solution Progynon-B 25–35 mg 5 mg ≈ 3–6 days
Aqueous suspension Agofollin-Depot 20 mg 10 mg ≈ 16–21 days
Estradiol dipropionate Oil solution Agofollin, Di-Ovocyclin, Progynon DP 25–30 mg 5 mg ≈ 5–8 days
Estradiol valerate Oil solution Delestrogen, Progynon Depot, Mesigyna 20–30 mg 5 mg 5 mg ≈ 7–8 days; 10 mg ≈ 10–14 days;
40 mg ≈ 14–21 days; 100 mg ≈ 21–28 days
Estradiol cypionate Oil solution Depo-Estradiol, Depofemin 20–30 mg 5 mg ≈ 11–14 days
Aqueous suspensiona Cyclofem, Lunelle ? 5 mg 5 mg ≈ 14–24 days
Estradiol benzoate butyratea Oil solution Redimen, Soluna, Unijab ? 10 mg 10 mg ≈ 21 days
Estradiol enanthatea Oil solution Perlutal, Topasel, Yectames ? 5–10 mg 10 mg ≈ 20–30 days
Estradiol undecylate Oil solution Delestrec, Progynon Depot 100 ? 10–20 mg ≈ 40–60 days; 25–50 mg ≈ 60–120 days
Polyestradiol phosphate Aqueous solution Estradurin 40–60 mg 40 mg ≈ 30 days; 80 mg ≈ 60 days;
160 mg ≈ 120 days
Estrone Oil solution Kestrin, Theelin ? 1–2 mg ≈ 2–3 days
Aqueous suspension Estrone Aqueous Suspension ? ?
Estriol Oil solution ? 1–2 mg ≈ 1–4 days
Polyestriol phosphate Aqueous solution Gynäsan, Klimadurin, Triodurin ? 50 mg ≈ 30 days; 80 mg ≈ 60 days
Notes: All by intramuscular injection. All aqueous suspensions are of microcrystalline particle size. Estradiol production during the menstrual cycle is 30–640 µg/day (6.4–8.6 mg total per month or cycle). The vaginal epithelium maturation dosage of estradiol benzoate or estradiol valerate is 5 to 7 mg/week. An effective ovulation-inhibiting dose of estradiol undecylate is 20–30 mg/month. Footnotes: a = Available only in combined injectable contraceptives (i.e., not available alone). Sources: See template.


When estradiol enantate is administered in an oil solution by intramuscular injection, a depot effect occurs, and this results in it having a long duration of action.[10][4][48] The duration of action of estradiol enantate is considerably longer than that of various other estradiol esters, such as estradiol benzoate, estradiol valerate, and estradiol cypionate, whereas its duration is shorter than that of estradiol undecylate.[10][49][50] In general, the longer the fatty acid ester chain, the more lipophilic the estradiol ester, the more slowly it is released from the depot and absorbed into the circulation, and the longer its duration of action.[4][48]

The pharmacokinetics of estradiol enantate have been assessed in a number of studies.[10][51][42][7][43][52] It has usually been studied in combination with DHPA.[10][51][42][43] Following an intramuscular injection of estradiol enantate, levels of estradiol have been found to peak after 3 to 8 days.[10][43][7] Maximal levels of estradiol after a 5 mg injection of estradiol enantate have been found to be about 163 to 209 pg/mL and after a 10 mg injection of estradiol enantate have been found to be about 283 to 445 pg/mL.[10][42][43] However, one outlying study reported peak estradiol levels of 850 pg/mL after an intramuscular injection of 10 mg estradiol enantate in three postmenopausal women.[7] It used radioimmunoassay for the determinations, with no mention of chromatographic separation.[7] Estradiol levels following an intramuscular injection of 10 mg estradiol enantate have been found to return to baseline levels of around 50 pg/mL after about 20 to 30 days.[42][7][3][52][10] However, a metabolic study found that traces of radiolabeled estradiol enantate remained detectable in blood for at least 30 to 40 days and for as long as 60 days.[51] Studies have reported that the elimination half-life of estradiol enantate after a single 10 mg intramuscular injection was 5.6 to 7.5 days.[7][1][8] The volume of distribution of estradiol enantate has been reported to be 5.087 L.[9] Estradiol enantate is excreted preferentially in urine.[22]

There were concerns about possible accumulation of estradiol enantate and consequent estrogenic overexposure with once-monthly combined injectable contraceptives containing the medication due its long duration, and this may have limited the use of such combined injectable contraceptives.[8][10] Subsequent clinical studies have found that there is very limited or no accumulation of estradiol enantate when it is used in once-a-month injectable contraceptives.[8][37][2]


Estradiol enantate, also known as estradiol 17β-enantate or estra-1,3,5(10)-triene-3,17β-diol 17β-heptanoate, is a synthetic estrane steroid and the C17β enantate (heptanoate) fatty acid ester of estradiol.[41][15] Other common esters of estradiol used clinically include estradiol benzoate, estradiol cypionate, estradiol undecylate, and estradiol valerate.[15] Estradiol dienantate (component of Climacteron), or estradiol 3,17β-dienantate, has also been used.[41][53][54][55]

The experimental octanol/water partition coefficient (logP) of estradiol enanthate is 7.3.[56]

Structural properties of selected estradiol esters

Estrogen Structure Ester(s) Relative
mol. weight
E2 contentb
Position(s) Moiet(ies) Type Lengtha
1.00 1.00 4.0
Estradiol acetate
Estradiol 3-acetate.svg
C3 Ethanoic acid Straight-chain fatty acid 2 1.15 0.87 2.8–3.9
Estradiol benzoate
Estradiol benzoate.svg
C3 Benzenecarboxylic acid Aromatic fatty acid – (~4–5) 1.38 0.72 4.5–5.7
Estradiol dipropionate
Estradiol dipropionate.svg
C3, C17β Propanoic acid (×2) Straight-chain fatty acid 3 (×2) 1.41 0.71 4.3
Estradiol valerate
Estradiol valerate.svg
C17β Pentanoic acid Straight-chain fatty acid 5 1.31 0.76 5.8–6.0
Estradiol cypionate
Estradiol 17 beta-cypionate.svg
C17β Cyclopentylpropanoic acid Aromatic fatty acid – (~6) 1.46 0.69 6.5–7.1
Estradiol benzoate butyrate
Estradiolbutyratebenzoate structure.png
C3, C17β Benzoic acid, butyric acid Mixed fatty acid – (~6, 2) 1.64 0.61 5.9
Estradiol enantate
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C17β Heptanoic acid Straight-chain fatty acid 7 1.41 0.71 7.0
Estradiol dienantate
Estradiol dienanthate.svg
C3, C17β Heptanoic acid (×2) Straight-chain fatty acid 7 (×2) 1.82 0.55 8.1–9.1
Estradiol undecylate
Estradiol undecylate.svg
C17β Undecanoic acid Straight-chain fatty acid 11 1.62 0.62 9.2
Estradiol stearate
Estradiol stearate structure.svg
C17β Octadecanoic acid Straight-chain fatty acid 18 1.98 0.51 12.2
Estradiol distearate
Estradiol distearate.svg
C3, C17β Octadecanoic acid (×2) Straight-chain fatty acid 18 (×2) 2.96 0.34 20.2
Estradiol sulfate
Estradiol sulfate.svg
C3 Sulfuric acid Water-soluble conjugate 1.29 0.77 0.3–3.8
Estradiol glucuronide
Estradiol sulfate.svg
C17β Glucuronic acid Water-soluble conjugate 1.65 0.61 2.1–2.7
Estramustine phosphated
Estramustine phosphate.svg
C3, C17β Normustine, phosphoric acid Water-soluble conjugate 1.91 0.52 2.9–5.0
Polyestradiol phosphatee
Polyestradiol phosphate.svg
C3–C17β Phosphoric acid Water-soluble conjugate 1.23f 0.81f 2.9g
Footnotes: a = Length of ester in carbon atoms for straight-chain fatty acids or approximate length of ester in carbon atoms for aromatic fatty acids. b = Relative estradiol content by weight (i.e., relative estrogenic potency). c = Experimental or predicted octanol/water partition coefficient (i.e., lipophilicity/hydrophobicity). Retrieved from PubChem and DrugBank. d = Also known as estradiol normustine phosphate. e = Polymer of estradiol phosphate (~13 repeat units). f = Relative molecular weight or estradiol content per repeat unit. g = logP of repeat unit (i.e., estradiol phosphate). Sources: See individual articles.


Estradiol enantate was first described, along with a variety of other estradiol esters, by Karl Junkmann of Schering AG in 1953.[57][18][58][59][50][60][61] The first clinical study of estradiol enantate and DHPA as a combined injectable contraceptive was conducted in 1964.[19][20] The combination was marketed by the mid-1970s.[21][22][23]

Society and culture

Generic names

Estradiol enantate is the British English generic name of the medication and its INNM and BANM, while estradiol enanthate is its USAN and American English generic name.[41][15][12][62] Its generic names in other languages are as follows:[13][12]

Estradiol enantate is also known by its former developmental code name SQ-16150.[63] It has been referred to as estradiol heptanoate.[15][41][14][12][13]

Brand names

Estradiol enantate has been marketed under a wide variety of brand names.[13][12][64][65][11][66][28][67][23][2][10] It has been marketed in a few different preparations, with varying doses of estradiol enantate and DHPA.[28][11][66][27][23][2][10] These formulations all have different brand names, which include the following ( = discontinued):[13][12][64][65][27][28][11][66][2][68]

  • E2-EN 10 mg / DHPA 150 mg: Acefil, Agurin, Atrimon, Ciclomes, Ciclovar, Ciclovular, Cicnor, Clinomin, Cycloven, Daiva, Damix, Deprans, Deproxone, Exuna, Ginestest, Ginoplan, Gynomes, Horprotal, Listen, Luvonal, Neogestar, Neolutin, Nomagest, Nonestrol, Normagest, Normensil, Novular, Oterol, Ovoginal, Patector, Patectro, Perludil, Perlumes, Perlutal, Perlutale, Perlutan, Perlutin, Perlutin-Unifarma, Permisil, Preg-Less, Pregnolan, Progestrol, Protegin, Proter, Seguralmes, Synovular, Topasel, Unigalen, Uno-Ciclo, and Vagital.
  • E2-EN 10 mg / DHPA 120 mg: Anafertin, Patector NF, and Yectames.
  • E2-EN 5 mg / DHPA 75 mg: Unalmes and Yectuna.
  • E2-EN 10 mg / DHPA 75 mg: Ova Repos.
  • Unsorted: Evitas, Femineo, and Primyfar.

The combination of E2-EN 10 mg and DHPA 150 mg was developed under the developmental brand name Deladroxate, but this brand name was never used commercially.[23][2]


Known availability of estradiol enantate in countries throughout the world (as of September 2018).

Estradiol enantate (E2-EN) has been marketed in combination with DHPA as a combined injectable contraceptive in at least 19 countries, mostly in Latin America.[11][66][28][67][13][12][64][65] A few different preparations, with varying doses of E2-EN and DHPA and varying availability, have been introduced.[28][11][66][27][23][2][10] These formulations have the following approval and availability ( = discontinued in this country):[13][12][64][65][27][28][11][66][2]

E2-EN is also available in Canada in combination with estradiol benzoate and testosterone enantate for veterinary use as Uni-Bol.[69]


E2-EN/DHPA is the most widely used combined injectable contraceptive in Latin America.[70] It was estimated in 1995 that E2-EN/DHPA was used as a combined injectable contraceptive in Latin America by at least 1 million women.[28] However, combined injectable contraceptives like E2-EN/DHPA are unlikely to constitute a large proportion of total contraceptive use in the countries in which they are available.[28]

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