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Relieves vaginal dryness due to menopause.

Estring (Estradiol Vaginal Ring) is a vaginal ring that may be less of a hassle than estrogen pills, gels, patches, or vaginal creams, but comes with the same side effects.

3.3/ 5 average rating with 56 reviewsforEstring
Treats low estrogen and relieves menopause symptoms.

Combipatch (estradiol / norethindrone patch) is a twice weekly patch that effectively treats menopause and causes less blood clots or stroke than combination pills.

Upsides
  • Estring (Estradiol Vaginal Ring) relieves vaginal dryness and irritation to make sex more enjoyable.
  • Works locally in the vagina and doesn't expose the rest of your body to estrogen like pills do.
  • Good option for people who don't want to take oral pills.
  • Generally works well with fewer side effects.
  • Many women think Estring (Estradiol Vaginal Ring) is easy to insert and comfortable to use.
  • In a 12-week study, Estring (Estradiol Vaginal Ring) worked well to improve vaginal problems, reduced pain during urination, and sudden urges to urinate.
  • Estring (Estradiol Vaginal Ring) slowly releases estrogen over the 90 days the ring is in place, so you only have to remove and insert a new one every three months.
  • Twice weekly patch. Good for people who don't want to take daily pills.
  • Replenishes estrogen to your whole body and relieves multiple symptoms due to low estrogen (hot flashes, vaginal dryness).
  • Less likely to cause blood clots or stroke than pills since patches contain a lower amount of hormones.
  • Good for women with an intact uterus.
  • You can bathe, shower, and swim while wearing the patch, as long as you don't rub the patch.
Downsides
  • Estring (Estradiol Vaginal Ring) may not be the best estrogen product if you have a narrow vagina or frequent vaginal infections.
  • The ring can fall out without you noticing it.
  • Increases your risk of endometrial (uterine cancer).
  • If you have your uterus, you might need to use Estring (Estradiol Vaginal Ring) with another hormone called progestin to lower your risk of uterine cancer.
  • Can be expensive since it's only available as a brand name product.
  • More potential side effects than single ingredient medications since it exposes your whole body to two hormones.
  • You may get irregular bleeding and spotting that can last a few months to a year.
  • The patch can't be exposed to direct sunlight for long periods of time.
  • Can be expensive since it's only available as a brand name product.
Used for
  • Vaginal dryness and inflammation
  • Hot flashes
  • Vaginal dryness and inflammation
  • Low estrogen
  • Primary ovarian failure
Dosage forms
  • Vaginal ring
  • Patch
Price
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Reviews
56 reviews so far
63%
saidit'sworth it
39%
saiditworked well
18%
saidit'sa big hassle

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Side effects
20possible side effects
  • Headache
    13%
  • Leukorrhea
    7%
  • Back Pain
    6%
  • Genital Moniliasis
    6%
  • Upper Respiratory Tract Infection
    5%
  • Vaginitis
    5%
  • Vaginal Discomfort/Pain
    5%
  • Arthritis
    4%
  • Insomnia
    4%
  • Abdominal Pain
    4%
  • Sinusitis
    4%
  • Vaginal Hemorrhage
    4%
  • Asymptomatic Genital Bacterial Growth
    4%
  • Arthralgia
    3%
  • Nausea
    3%
  • Flu-Like Symptoms
    3%
  • Skeletal Pain
    2%
  • Urinary Tract Infection
    2%
  • Hot Flushes
    2%
  • Family Stress
    2%
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36possible side effects
  • Breast pain
    34%
  • Menstrual cramps
    30%
  • Headache
    25%
  • Skin irritation
    20%
  • Pain
    19%
  • Stuffy nose
    19%
  • Menstrual problems
    17%
  • Back pain
    15%
  • Flu like symptoms
    14%
  • Diarrhea
    14%
  • Lung infection
    13%
  • Stomach pain
    12%
  • Accidental injury
    10%
  • Weakness
    10%
  • Sinus infection
    10%
  • Vaginal discharge
    10%
  • Sore throat
    9%
  • Vaginal inflammation
    9%
  • Upset stomach
    8%
  • Nausea
    8%
  • Depression
    8%
  • Trouble sleeping
    8%
  • Gas
    7%
  • Tooth problems
    6%
  • Swelling in the arms and legs
    6%
  • Joint pain
    6%
  • Dizziness
    6%
  • Rash
    6%
  • Infection
    5%
  • Nervousness
    5%
  • Airway inflammation
    5%
  • Acne
    4%
  • Unusual menstrual bleeding
    3%
  • Constipation
    2%
  • Breast growth
    2%
  • Heavy menstrual bleeding
    2%
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Risks and risk factors
  • Endometrial cancer
    • Using estrogen for more than one year
  • Breast cancer
    • Personal or family history of breast cancer
    • Duration of use
  • Increased risk of blood clots and stroke
    • Personal or family history of blood clots
    • Obesity
    • Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE)
  • Increased risk of heart disease
    • Smoking
    • Obesity
    • High blood pressure
    • High blood sugar
    • High cholesterol
    • Age 50 or older
  • Harm to fetus
    • Women of childbearing age
  • Pancreas swelling (pancreatitis)
    • High levels of triglycerides
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  • Endometrial cancer
    • Using estrogen for more than one year
  • Breast cancer
    • Personal or family history of breast cancer
    • Using estrogen for more than one year
  • Increased risk of blood clots and stroke
    • Personal or family history of blood clots
    • Smoking
    • Obesity
    • Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE)
  • Dementia
    • Aged 65 or older
  • Pancreas swelling (pancreatitis)
    • High levels of triglycerides
  • Gallbladder problems
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