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What types of vaginal estrogen treat vaginal dryness?

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Most women use one of three types of vaginal estrogen:

  • Vaginal estrogen ring (Estring). You or your doctor inserts this soft, flexible ring into the vagina. There, it releases a steady stream of estrogen directly to the vaginal tissues. The ring is replaced every three months.
  • Vaginal estrogen tablet (Vagifem). You use a disposable applicator to insert a tablet into your vagina once a day for the first two weeks of treatment. Then you insert it twice a week until you no longer need it.
  • Vaginal estrogen cream (Estrace, Premarin). You use an applicator to insert the cream into your vagina. You will typically apply the cream daily for one to two weeks then reduce the frequency to one to three times a week as directed by your doctor.

SOURCES:

Kendall, A. Dowsett, M. Folkerd, E. and Smith, I. . Published online Jan. 27, 2006. Annals of Oncology

Nothnagle, M. Scott Taylor, J. , 2004; vol 69: pp 2111-2112. American Family Physician

MedlinePlus: "Estrogen Vaginal."

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality: "Management of menopause-related symptoms."

Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on May 5, 2019

SOURCES:

Kendall, A. Dowsett, M. Folkerd, E. and Smith, I. . Published online Jan. 27, 2006. Annals of Oncology

Nothnagle, M. Scott Taylor, J. , 2004; vol 69: pp 2111-2112. American Family Physician

MedlinePlus: "Estrogen Vaginal."

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality: "Management of menopause-related symptoms."

Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on May 5, 2019

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