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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.

Relieves menopause symptoms and lowers your risk of osteoporosis.

Activella (estradiol / norethindrone) helps relieve menopausal symptoms and prevent bone loss. There can be many side effects, so it's important to talk to your doctor about the benefits and potential hassles of this drug before using it.

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).
  • Replaces estrogen in your entire body and relieves multiple symptoms of menopause.
  • Lowers your risk of fractures by keeping your bones healthy.
  • Improves mood, energy, and mental alertness for some people.
  • Generic available, so cost is usually lower.
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.
  • More potential side effects since Activella (estradiol / norethindrone) exposes your whole body to two hormones.
  • Raises your risk of developing a stroke and blood clots.
  • You may get irregular bleeding and spotting that can last a few months to a year.
  • Should only use if you still have a uterus.
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Used for
  • Vaginal dryness and inflammation
  • Hot flashes
  • Vaginal dryness and inflammation
  • Prevention of postmenopausal osteoporosis
Dosage forms
  • Vaginal cream, gel, or ointment
  • Pill
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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
    21%
  • Headache
    17%
  • Nausea
    10%
  • Upper airway infection
    10%
  • Post-menopausal bleeding
    10%
  • Sinus infection
    7%
  • Ovarian cyst
    7%
  • Back pain
    3%
  • Difficulty sleeping
    3%
  • Accidental injury
    3%
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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
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  • Endometrial cancer
    • Using estrogen for more than 1 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
    • High blood pressure
    • Smoking
    • Obesity
    • High cholesterol
    • Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE)
  • Dementia
    • Age 65 or older
  • Pancreas swelling (pancreatitis)
    • History of high triglycerides
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