Compare Vivelle-Dot vs. Estring

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Relieves menopausal symptoms.

Vivelle-Dot (Estradiol patch) is an estrogen patch that may be easier and more convenient to use than the pill or gel form.

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
  • Good choice if you want to avoid daily dosing of the pill or gel form.
  • Available in wider variety of strengths compared to other estrogen patches.
  • 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
  • Other estrogen patches are dosed once weekly and may be more convenient than Vivelle-Dot (Estradiol patch).
  • Patches can fall off.
  • Estrogen therapy is associated with serious risks for uterine cancer, breast cancer, and blood clots. Don't start treatment until you have had a thorough discussion of the risks and benefits with your doctor.
  • 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
  • Vaginal dryness and inflammation
  • Low estrogen
  • Prevention of osteoporosis in menopausal women
  • 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
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%
  • Nasal 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
  • Uterine 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
  • Inflammation of pancreas
    • 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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