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Who should not use topical estrogen to treat vaginal dryness?

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Any type of estrogen product can have side effects, such as vaginal bleeding and breast pain. Topical estrogen may not be recommended for women who:

There isn't much research on the long-term use of topical estrogen, but doctors believe it is safe to use in the long term.

  • Have breast cancer, especially if they are taking an aromatase inhibitor
  • To women with a history of endometrial cancer
  • To women who have undiagnosed vaginal bleeding
  • To pregnant or breastfeeding women

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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