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Ogen Vaginal Cream
(estropipate)

Climara
(estradiol patch)

Relieves vaginal dryness due to menopause. Ogen Vaginal Cream (Estropipate) works well for vaginal problems caused by menopause. It has fewer side effects than estrogen pills, but you might still need to use it every day.Treats low estrogen, relieves menopause symptoms, and lowers your risk of osteoporosis. You only have to think about the Climara (Estradiol Patch) once a week, and it may have fewer side effects than oral estrogen pills.
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Side effects
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The Ogen Vaginal Cream FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.

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  • Breast pain 1%
  • Sinus inflammation 1%
  • Inflammation inside the nose 1%
  • Swelling due to excess fluid 7%
  • Abdominal pain 3%
  • Pain 1%
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How it works
Ogen Vaginal CreamClimara
Ogen Vaginal Cream (Estropipate) replaces estrogen hormones in your vagina that your body loses during menopause. Estrogen helps rebuild and maintain vaginal tissue, relieving symptoms of vaginal dryness, soreness, irritation, and painful sex.The Climara (Estradiol Patch) replaces an estrogen hormone, estradiol, that your body loses during and after menopause. Higher levels of estradiol relieve symptoms of low estrogen and menopause and prevent bone loss.
Type of medication
Ogen Vaginal CreamClimara
Prescription only
Prescription only
Available as
Ogen Vaginal CreamClimara
  • Vaginal cream, gel, or ointment
  • Patch
Used for
Ogen Vaginal CreamClimara
  • Vaginal Dryness And Inflammation
  • Hot Flashes And Night Sweats
Risk factors for serious side effects
Ogen Vaginal CreamClimara
  • Using estrogen for more than one year
  • Personal or family history of breast cancer
  • Duration of use
  • Personal or family history of blood clots
  • Obesity
  • Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE)
  • Smoking
  • Obesity
  • High blood pressure
  • High blood sugar
  • High cholesterol
  • Age 50 or older
  • Women of childbearing age
Detailed Ogen Vaginal Cream (estropipate) risks & warnings »
  • Using estrogen for more than one year
  • Personal or family history of breast cancer
  • Duration of use
  • Personal or family history of blood clots
  • Obesity
  • Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE)
  • Smoking
  • Obesity
  • High blood pressure
  • High blood sugar
  • High cholesterol
  • Age 50 or older
  • Women of childbearing age
  • High levels of triglycerides
Detailed Climara (estradiol patch) risks & warnings »
Pregnancy

Research studies with real people or animals found harmful effects on unborn babies. If you’re pregnant, the risks to your unborn baby outweigh the benefits.

Research studies with real people or animals found harmful effects on unborn babies. If you’re pregnant, the risks to your unborn baby outweigh the benefits.

Pain
Ogen Vaginal CreamClimara
  • For painful sex, it can work better than over-the-counter vaginal lubricants because over time, Ogen Vaginal Cream (Estropipate) treats the cause of the problem (low estrogen levels), not just the symptoms (dryness).
No pain related info.
Weight
Ogen Vaginal CreamClimara
No weight related info.
  • Can cause nausea, dizziness, bloating, and breast tenderness.
Upsides and benefits
Ogen Vaginal CreamClimara
  • Ogen Vaginal Cream (Estropipate) 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.
  • Generally works well with few side effects.
  • For painful sex, it can work better than over-the-counter vaginal lubricants because over time, Ogen Vaginal Cream (Estropipate) treats the cause of the problem (low estrogen levels), not just the symptoms (dryness).
  • The Climara (Estradiol Patch) replenishes estrogen to your whole body and relieves multiple symptoms due to low estrogen, like hot flashes and vaginal dryness.
  • The patch is good for people who don't want to take daily pills.
  • Can be worn while swimming, bathing, and showering.
  • 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. Make sure you also get enough calcium and Vitamin D.
  • Improves mood, energy, and mental alertness for some people.
Downsides and risks
Ogen Vaginal CreamClimara
  • No vaginal sex immediately after using Ogen Vaginal Cream (Estropipate) to prevent your partner from being exposed to the medicine.
  • The cream can weaken latex (rubber) condoms, cervical caps, and diaphrams. Don't use these within 72 hours after a dose.
  • Inserting the applicator can possibly cause discomfort or infection.
  • If you have your uterus, you have to use Ogen Vaginal Cream (Estropipate) with another hormone called progestin to lower your risk of uterine cancer.
  • Patch can fall off.
  • Increases your risk of uterine and breast cancer.
  • If you have your uterus, you have to use the Climara (Estradiol Patch) with another hormone called progestin to lower your risk of uterine 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.
Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
Ogen Vaginal CreamClimara
  • Apply Ogen Vaginal Cream (Estropipate) directly to your vagina daily.
  • Attach the applicator to the tube and squeeze it to get your dose into the applicator. Insert the applicator deeply into your vagina and press the plunger to release all the medicine.
  • Best used at bedtime to increase effectiveness.
  • Consider wearing a panty liner.
  • Clean the applicator with soap and warm water after each use.
  • Most people don't have many side effects, but temporary nausea, dizziness, bloating, and breast tenderness are possible.
  • Tell your doctor about any unusual vaginal bleeding.
  • Remove the patch by tearing the package by hand and not with scissors. Never cut the patch.
  • Apply the sticky side of the patch to clean, dry, hairless skin below your waistline on areas as instructed by the manufacturer (never on your breast).
  • Replace the patch every 7 days on a different area of your skin to lower your risk of skin irritation.
  • Fold together the sticky sides of used patches before throwing them away to avoid exposing others to the medicine. Don't flush them down the toilet.
  • Shouldn't be used forever. Talk to your doctor regularly to see if you still need treatment.
  • Can cause nausea, dizziness, bloating, and breast tenderness.
  • Tell your doctor about any unusual vaginal bleeding.
  • Get emergency care if you notice unexplained swelling and pain in your limbs, shortness of breath, chest pain, severe headache, or changes in vision.
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