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What are estrogen replacement therapy vaginal suppositories, rings, and creams?

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These are types of estrogen treatments that go directly to the vaginal area. In general, these treatments for menopause-related vaginal dryness, itchiness, and burning or pain during sex. Examples are vaginal tablets, creams, and insertable rings. The exact dosing schedule varies, depending on the product. But, in general, you need to replace vaginal rings every 3 months. Vaginal tablets are often used daily for a couple of weeks. After that, you only need to use them twice a week. You might use creams daily, several times a week, or on a different schedule.

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ACP Medicine web site: "Menopause."

Canonico M et al, , Feb. 20, 2007; vol 115: pp 840-845. Circulation

MedicineNet web site: "Hormone Creams: Safe and Effective?"

National Cancer Institute web site: "How to Deal with Surgical Menopause."

National Institutes of Health web site: "Facts About Menopausal Hormone Therapy."

National Institutes of Health Medline Plus web site: "Estrogen," "Estrogen Vaginal," "Estradiol Topical," "Estradiol Transdermal."

  Practice Committee of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, , November 2006; vol 86: pp S75-S88. Fertility and Sterility

National Women's Health information Center: "Menopause and Menopause Treatments." WebMD Medical Reference: "Estrogen Replacement Therapy," "Low Dose Estrogen for Dryness and Atrophy."

Reviewed by Neha Pathak on May 29, 2017

SOURCES:

ACP Medicine web site: "Menopause."

Canonico M et al, , Feb. 20, 2007; vol 115: pp 840-845. Circulation

MedicineNet web site: "Hormone Creams: Safe and Effective?"

National Cancer Institute web site: "How to Deal with Surgical Menopause."

National Institutes of Health web site: "Facts About Menopausal Hormone Therapy."

National Institutes of Health Medline Plus web site: "Estrogen," "Estrogen Vaginal," "Estradiol Topical," "Estradiol Transdermal."

  Practice Committee of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, , November 2006; vol 86: pp S75-S88. Fertility and Sterility

National Women's Health information Center: "Menopause and Menopause Treatments." WebMD Medical Reference: "Estrogen Replacement Therapy," "Low Dose Estrogen for Dryness and Atrophy."

Reviewed by Neha Pathak on May 29, 2017

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