This medication treats burning in and around the vagina, dryness and itching usually in postmenopausal women. The medication is used vaginally with the help of a special applicator.
Estrace Vaginal Cream, which is also call Estradiol Vaginal Cream is a hormone replacement used in therapy medication. It involves estradiol, which is the primary estrogen female hormone during premenopausal period. The medication treats vaginal inflammation that is usually caused by the vaginal tissues thinning. The last one occurs because of low estrogen level after menopause. The main thing is that it does not include any progesterone hormones.
Menopause is an ordinary change in a woman’s life. It is able to affect the whole body, including vagina, of course. The symptoms may involve:
- Vaginal itching;
- Vaginal dryness;
- Vaginal burning or pain of any other kind.
All these symptoms usually occur because of the rather low estradiol levels after the period of menopause. Estrace Vaginal Cream helps to replace the estradiol lost, as well as reduce thinning of the vaginal tissues.
For the treatment of menopause, only the lowest effective dose of Estrace Vaginal Cream has to be used. You should used it for as short period as it is necessary. Estrace Vaginal Cream is an ideal treatment for women whose main menopause symptoms are vaginal in nature. The cream using has some significant advantages compared to the oral hormones taking. However, a great amount of the estradiol in this cream, so you have to pay attention to the precaution mentioned below.
When and How is it necessary to Use Estrace Vaginal Cream?
This cream comes in a special tube provided by an applicator. The last one can measure 1- 4 grams of the cream.
In your package there are detailed instructions with all required information how to use the cream itself as well as the enclosed applicator.
At the beginning of the treatment course this product is usually taken daily, but most women can use just three times a week.
The most convenient period for using it is at night, just before bedtime. In this case you will prevent the leaking of Estrace Vaginal Cream out of the vagina. But without any doubts you can use this medication any time of the day you like.
If you want your treatment to be proper, you have to take it as prescribed.
Estrace Vaginal Cream Side Effects
Of course, like any other medicine, Estrace® Vaginal Cream can cause side effects. Not everyone will experience them. Generally most people tolerate it really well. If the side effects do occur, they are mostly minor and don’t require any treatment or very seldom can be treated by you yourself or your healthcare provider.
Common side effects of estrogen medications are
- Vaginal yeast infections;
- Nausea and vomiting;
- Irregular vaginal bleeding or spotting;
- High blood pressure;
- Hair loss;
- Fluid retention;
- Breast tenderness
Also let your healthcare provider know if you:
- Smoke cigarettes;
- Have an upcoming surgery;
- Are pregnant or are going to become pregnant;
- Are breastfeeding
What should I do if I Miss a Dose?
If you have forgotten to take this cream as scheduled, use the missed dose as soon as you remember. But if it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and go on with your regular schedule. Double dose is undesirable.
It comes in one strength. It is a tube of 42.5-gram with 0.1 mg of estradiol per every gram of cream.