Compare Minivelle vs. Estring

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Minivelle (estradiol patch)

Prescription only
Relieves menopause symptoms.

The Minivelle (estradiol patch) is the mini-me of estrogen patches. It's used twice a week, available in five strengths, and has the least amount of skin irritation.

5.8/ 7 average rating with 17 reviewsforMinivelle
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.

4.4/ 7 average rating with 56 reviewsforEstring
Upsides
  • Minivelle (estradiol patch) is the smallest estrogen patch available. It's the size a dime and comes in 5 different strengths.
  • Causes little or no skin irritation and doesn't leave much adhesive on your skin.
  • Minivelle (estradiol patch) replaces estrogen to your whole body and relieves many symptoms due to low estrogen, like hot flashes and vaginal dryness.
  • By using a patch instead of a pill, there's a lower risk of side effects such as blood clots and stroke since lower amounts of estrogen are used in patches.
  • Lowers your risk of fractures by keeping your bones healthy.
  • 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.
Downsides
  • You need to replace Minivelle (estradiol patch) twice a week, compared to other patches that are once a week.
  • Patches can fall off.
  • Increases your risk of uterine and breast cancer.
  • Increases your risk of developing blood clots and stroke.
  • Can worsen other health conditions, like high cholesterol, asthma, diabetes, fluid retention, and migraines.
  • Can't be used in people with liver problems.
  • 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.
Used for
  • Hot flashes
  • Prevention of bone thinning in postmenopausal women
  • Vaginal dryness and inflammation
Dosage forms
  • Patch
  • Vaginal ring
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Reviews
17 
82%
think this treatment is worth it
76%
think this treatment works well
18%
think this treatment is a hassle

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56 
63%
think this treatment is worth it
39%
think this treatment works well
18%
think this treatment is a hassle

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Side effects
10possible side effects
  • Headache
    26%
  • Breast pain
    13%
  • Back pain
    11%
  • Menstrual bleeding
    11%
  • Influenza
    8%
  • Common cold
    8%
  • Nausea
    5%
  • Pain
    5%
  • Sinus infection
    5%
  • Lung infection
    5%
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10possible 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%
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Risks and warnings
  • Endometrial cancer

    Using estrogen for more than one year

  • Breast cancer

    Personal or family history of breast cancer

    ...and 1 more risk factors

  • Increased risk of blood clots and stroke

    Personal or family history of blood clots

    ...and 3 more risk factors

  • Increased risk of heart disease

    Smoking

    ...and 5 more risk factors

  • Dementia

    Age 65 or older

  • 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

    ...and 1 more risk factors

  • Increased risk of blood clots and stroke

    Personal or family history of blood clots

    ...and 2 more risk factors

  • Increased risk of heart disease

    Smoking

    ...and 5 more risk factors

  • Harm to fetus

    Women of childbearing age

  • Pancreas swelling (pancreatitis)

    High levels of triglycerides

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