Compare Ogen Vaginal Cream vs. Climara

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Ogen Vaginal Cream (Estropipate)

Prescription only

Climara (estradiol patch)

Prescription only
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.

Climara (estradiol patch) is a treatment for low estrogen that is used only once weekly, and it may have fewer side effects than oral estrogen pills.

Upsides
  • 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).
  • Climara (estradiol patch) replaces estrogen to your whole body and relieves many symptoms due to low estrogen, like hot flashes and vaginal dryness.
  • The patch is good for people who don't want to or can't take daily pills.
  • Climara (estradiol patch) is available as a generic product, which lowers the cost.
  • 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.
Downsides
  • 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.
  • The patch can fall off, especially if you like to regularly swim, take baths or use saunas or steamrooms.
  • 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.
  • Can worsen other health conditions, like high cholesterol, asthma, diabetes, fluid retention, underactive thyroid and migraines.
  • If you're only having vaginal dryness or inflammation and not hot flashes, it's better to use creams that you can apply to the affected area instead of Climara (estradiol patch).
Used for
  • Vaginal dryness and inflammation
  • Hot flashes and night sweats
  • Vaginal dryness and inflammation
  • Low estrogen
  • Ovarian failure
  • Prevention of postmenopausal osteoporosis
Dosage forms
  • Vaginal cream, gel, or ointment
  • Patch
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Side effects
The Ogen Vaginal Cream (Estropipate) FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.
10possible side effects
  • Breast pain
    28%
  • Lung infection
    17%
  • Stomach pain
    16%
  • Headache
    13%
  • Pain
    11%
  • Swelling of arms and legs
    10%
  • Back pain
    9%
  • Depression
    8%
  • Gas
    7%
  • White or yellow vaginal discharge
    7%
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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 2 more risk factors

  • Increased risk of heart disease

    Smoking

    ...and 5 more risk factors

  • Harm to fetus

    Women of childbearing age

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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 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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