Compare Minivelle vs. Estring

Head-to-head comparisons of medication uses, side effects, ratings, and more.

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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.

4.2/ 5 average rating with 17 reviewsforMinivelle
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
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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 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
  • Prevention of bone thinning in postmenopausal women
  • Vaginal dryness and inflammation
Dosage forms
  • Patch
  • Vaginal ring
Price
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Reviews
17 reviews so far
82%
saidit'sworth it
76%
saiditworked well
18%
saidit'sa big hassle

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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
20possible 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%
  • Neck pain
    5%
  • Limb pain
    5%
  • Sinus congestion
    5%
  • Joint pain
    4%
  • Depression
    3%
  • Constipation
    2%
  • Flu-like symptoms
    2%
  • Sinus headache
    2%
  • Anxiety
    2%
  • Trouble sleeping
    2%
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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
    • 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)
  • Increased risk of heart disease
    • Smoking
    • Obesity
    • High blood pressure
    • High blood sugar
    • High cholesterol
    • Age 50 or older
  • Dementia
    • Age 65 or older
  • 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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