What is Estring?
Estring (estradiol) is a vaginal ring indicated to reduce vaginal and urinary symptoms of menopause, such as vaginal itching, vaginal dryness, frequent urination, and difficulty urinating. This medication is a slightly opaque, soft, and flexible ring that releases estradiol for 90 days.
This vaginal ring is available in Estring 2 mg.
Directions in using Estring
First, before starting to use Estring vaginal ring, make sure to read the medication leaflet provided. It is necessary to read each section and the instructions printed in the guide. If you have questions about this medication and how it is used, ask your doctor or pharmacist about it.
This medication will relieve some symptoms of menopause within a few days, but it might take two to three weeks to observe the full benefits. If your condition does not improve or worsens, contact your physician or healthcare provider.
Step by step guide in using Estring:
1. Wash your hands and dry them thoroughly.
2. Open the pouch of the vaginal ring and take it out.
3. Using your thumb and index finger, hold the vaginal ring. Press the opposite sides together.
4. Assume a position that’s comfortable for you – it could be standing, sitting, or lying down. Insert the vaginal ring into the vagina as far as you can. It should be placed comfortably in the upper third of the vagina.
1. Wash your hands and dry them thoroughly.
2. Assume a position that’s comfortable for you. Gently pull this medication by looping your finger through the vaginal ring.
3. Discard the used vaginal ring properly.
What are the side effects of Estring?
Common side effects of Estring:
- Abdominal cramps
- Increased vaginal discharge
- Vaginal discomfort
- Breast tenderness
- Weight gain
Severe side effects of Estring:
- Unusual vaginal bleeding
- Breast lumps
- Unusual vaginal odor or discharge
- Severe abdominal pain
- Persistent vomiting
- Dark urine
- Increased urination
- Swelling of extremities
Most women using this medication experience mild side effects that go away without medical intervention. However, if these side effects persist or if you experience any serious adverse reaction, consult your physician or any healthcare professional immediately.
Warnings and Precautions when using Estring
Look out for possible allergic reactions when using this medication. Avoid using this vaginal ring if you have a known allergy to estradiol, silicone polymers, barium sulfate, or any inactive ingredients this medication may contain. Seek emergency help if you observe signs of an allergy such as swelling of the face and neck, rashes, hives or itchiness, dizziness, and breathing difficulty.
It is very important to talk regularly to your physician about your medical condition. Also, tell your physician if you have a history of blood clots, stroke, heart disease, kidney disease, liver disease, hypertension, diabetes, hormone problem, mental disorder, or cancer. Some medical conditions and drugs you are taking may significantly affect how you respond to this medication.
Tell your physician if you will be confined in a sitting or lying down position for a long time. This includes going on a long-haul flight or having surgery. Any product that contains estrogen (i.e., estrogen pills) may put you at risk of developing blood clots.
Avoid smoking or using tobacco and other similar substances while on this medication. Smoking may further increase the risk of hypertension, blood clot, stroke, and heart attack.
This medication may cause dark patches on your skin and around your face. Sun exposure may worsen this side effect. Limit your exposure to the sun, and make sure to wear sunblock lotion when going out. Avoid indoor tanning.
Frequently Asked Questions:
What symptoms does Estring treat?
Estring could relieve moderate to severe menopausal symptoms such as hot flashes, vaginal dryness, vaginal burning, dysuria, and painful sex.
What should I do if I suspect vaginal infection while using Estring?
When you suspect a vaginal infection, remove this medication and consult with your physician. You may resume treatment once your infection has been treated.
Can Estring cause weight gain?
There is a link between Estring and weight gain. Increased body weight is one of the reported side effects of this medication.
What should I do if Estring falls out?
When your vaginal ring falls out, rinse it with clean, lukewarm water and reinsert it into the vagina.
What is the difference between Estring and Vagifem?
On Estring vs Vagifem, Vagifem is a form of a vaginal tablet, while this medication is a vaginal ring that lasts for 90 days.
What is the difference between Estring and Femring?
On Femring vs Estring, the former has a higher dose compared to the latter.