Compare Vivelle-Dot vs. Femring

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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 hot flashes and vaginal dryness due to menopause.

Femring (estradiol acetate vaginal ring) is dosed more conveniently than other forms of estrogen therapy (pills, gels, patches, and creams), but needs to be inserted directly into the vagina.

2.6/ 5 average rating with 31 reviewsforFemring
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.
  • Femring (estradiol acetate vaginal ring) may be more convenient since it is dosed once every 3 months compared to other medications that need to taken daily or twice weekly.
  • Many women find Femring (estradiol acetate vaginal ring) more comfortable to use and easier to apply than creams or gels.
  • Unlike other topical therapies, Femring (estradiol acetate vaginal ring) works to improve both hot flashes and vaginal dryness caused by menopause.
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.
  • Use of a vaginal ring might not be the best option if you have a narrow vagina or frequent vaginal infections.
  • The ring can fall out without you noticing.
  • Only available as brand name, so it may be expensive if not covered by insurance.
  • All estrogen therapies increase your risk of uterine cancer, heart problems, and blood clots – especially if you have a history of these conditions.
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Used for
  • Hot flashes
  • Vaginal dryness and inflammation
  • Low estrogen
  • Prevention of osteoporosis in menopausal women
Dosage forms
  • Patch
  • Vaginal ring
Price
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Reviews
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31 reviews so far
39%
saidit'sworth it
16%
saiditworked well
19%
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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8possible side effects
  • Spotting
    8%
  • Headache
    7%
  • Bloating
    7%
  • Vaginal yeast infection
    6%
  • Breast tenderness
    6%
  • Back pain
    6%
  • Sinus infection
    2%
  • Pain in the uterus
    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
    • High levels of triglycerides
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