Compare Estradiol Patch vs. Estring

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Treats low estrogen, relieves menopause symptoms, and lowers your risk of osteoporosis.

The Estraderm (Estradiol Patch) needs to be replaced twice a week, and it may have fewer side effects than oral estrogen pills.

Relieves vaginal dryness due to menopause.

Estring (estradiol vaginal ring) is more convenient than other forms of estrogen therapy since you only have to replace it every 3 months, but it needs to be inserted directly into the vagina.

3.3/ 5 average rating with 56 reviewsforEstring
Upsides
  • The Estraderm (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.
  • Many women find Estring (estradiol vaginal ring) more comfortable to use and easier to apply than creams or gels.
  • Estring (estradiol vaginal ring) may be more convenient since it is dosed once every 3 months compared to alternatives that need to taken daily or twice weekly.
  • Works directly at the site of application and safer than oral estrogen pills.
Downsides
  • Only comes in 2 strengths.
  • You need to replace the Estraderm (Estradiol Patch) twice a week, compared to other patches that are once a week.
  • Patch can fall off.
  • Increases your risk of uterine and breast cancer.
  • If you have your uterus, you have to use the Estraderm (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.
  • Estring (estradiol vaginal ring) may not be the best option if you have a narrow vagina or frequent vaginal infections.
  • The ring can fall out without you noticing.
  • Estring (estradiol vaginal ring) is only available as brand name, so can be expensive.
  • Estring (estradiol vaginal ring) All estrogen therapies increase your risk for uterine cancer, heart problems, and blood clots.
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Used for
  • Hot flashes and night sweats
  • Vaginal dryness and inflammation
  • Low estrogen
  • Primary ovarian failure
  • Prevention of postmenopausal osteoporosis
  • Vaginal dryness and inflammation
Dosage forms
  • Patch
  • Vaginal ring
Price
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Reviews
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56 reviews so far
63%
saidit'sworth it
39%
saiditworked well
18%
saidit'sa big hassle

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Side effects
16possible side effects
  • Breast pain
    28%
  • URTI
    17%
  • Abdominal pain
    16%
  • Headache
    13%
  • Pain
    11%
  • Edema
    10%
  • Back pain
    9%
  • Depression
    8%
  • Flatulence
    7%
  • Leukorrhea
    7%
  • Pharyngitis
    7%
  • Nausea
    6%
  • Rhinitis
    6%
  • Arthralgia
    5%
  • Sinusitis
    5%
  • Pruritus
    3%
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20possible side effects
  • Headache
    13%
  • Vaginal discharge
    7%
  • Back pain
    6%
  • Yeast infection
    6%
  • Upper airway infection
    5%
  • Vaginal inflammation
    5%
  • Vaginal discomfort/pain
    5%
  • Arthritis
    4%
  • Trouble sleeping
    4%
  • Stomach pain
    4%
  • Sinus infection
    4%
  • Vaginal bleeding
    4%
  • Bacterial growth in the genitals
    4%
  • Joint pain
    3%
  • Nausea
    3%
  • Flu-like symptoms
    3%
  • Bone pain
    2%
  • Bladder infection
    2%
  • Hot flashes
    2%
  • Stress
    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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  • Uterine cancer
    • Using estrogen for more than one year
    • Higher dose of estrogen
  • Breast cancer
    • Personal or family history of breast cancer
    • Using estrogen and progestin for more than one year
  • Blood clots and stroke
    • Personal or family history of blood clots
    • Smoking
    • Obesity
    • Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE)
  • Heart disease
    • Smoking
    • Obesity
    • High blood pressure
    • High blood sugar
    • High cholesterol
    • Age 50 or older
  • Dementia
    • Age 65 or older
  • Inflammation of pancreas (pancreatitis)
    • High levels of triglycerides
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