What is Estring?
Estring (generic name: estradiol) is a vaginal ring indicated to treat moderate to severe urogenital symptoms caused by postmenopausal atrophy of the vagina. It relieves symptoms, such as vaginal dryness, pruritus, dyspareunia, urinary urgency, and dysuria.
This vaginal ring is classified as an estrogen derivative.
How does Estrogen work?
Each Estring ring can release estradiol in a stable and consistent manner for 90 days. This type of medication works by developing and/or maintaining the female reproductive system and secondary sexual characteristics. It also helps in modulating the pituitary secretion of luteinizing hormone, follicle-stimulating hormone, and gonadotropins.
Estring side effects
The common side effects of this prescription medication are nausea, headache, vomiting, bloating, weight changes, breast tenderness, and increased vaginal discharge. On the other hand, the severe side effects that need to be reported are unusual vaginal bleeding, breast lumps, severe abdominal pain, persistent nausea and vomiting, mental or mood changes, blood clots, and toxic shock syndrome or TSS. Contact your doctor if severe adverse effects occur.
This prescription medication should not be used if you have a known allergy to estradiol or any inactive ingredients it may contain. It is also contraindicated for people or patients with a history of blood clots, stroke, heart disease, endometrial cancer, breast cancer, cancer of the uterus or ovaries, liver problems, kidney disease, angioedema, hypertension, diabetes, obesity, lupus, high cholesterol levels, mineral imbalance, hypothyroidism, hypoparathyroidism, uterus problems, gallbladder disease, seizures, porphyria, any mental or mood disorders.
Also, because of possible drug interactions, you should talk about all prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs, and supplements you are taking.
Avoid smoking or using tobacco while on Estring as they contain substances that could increase the risk of blood clots. Being confined in a certain position, such as going on a long-haul flight, can also lead to blood clots and stroke.
You should also limit your exposure to the sun and wear sunblock cream because estradiol can cause dark blotchy areas on the skin or face called melasma.
Frequently Asked Questions:
1. How much does Estring cost?
You may see the prices of this vaginal ring from this page.
2. What should I do if Estring falls out of the vagina?
If the ring falls out, wash it with lukewarm water. Then, reinsert it into the vagina.
3. How can I make sure that the vaginal ring is inserted correctly?
The ring should be placed in the vaginal upper third. You are not supposed to feel discomfort if it is properly inserted.
4. How is Estring supplied?
This is available in Estring 2 mg, available in single packs.
5. How should I remove the vaginal ring?
First, wash your hands and move to a comfortable position once again to remove the ring. Loop your fingers around the ring inserted in the vagina and pull it out gently. Dispose of the vaginal ring properly.
6. How do I use Estring?
Before Estring insertion, wash your hands properly. Hold the flexible ring and compress the opposite sides together. In a comfortable position, insert the ring slowly and gently.