Estring vaginal ring (Estradiol Hemihydrate) is a form of hormone replacement therapy that can help alleviate symptoms associated with menopause. It's also sometimes used to treat other conditions, such as low estrogen levels, high cholesterol levels, and osteoporosis. The Estring vaginal ring comprises two sections: an outer section containing estradiol hemihydrate and an inner section containing the drug reservoir.
What is Estring (Estradiol Hemihydrate)?
Estring is a vaginal ring used to treat moderate to severe menopausal symptoms. Estring is a form of estrogen, a hormone produced by the ovaries in women. Estrogen helps regulate your menstrual cycle and maintain bone health and other functions throughout your body. As you age, you may experience changes in the amount of estrogen in your body, resulting in menopause-related symptoms such as hot flashes, vaginal dryness, burning, or itching. Estring releases very low doses of estrogen through its ring into your vagina every 24 hours for 90 days.* After three months with this medication, you should be able to switch back to taking it vaginally instead of topically (via pill).
How does Estring work?
Estrogen is a type of estrogen, and the body produces it naturally. Estrogens are produced by the ovaries and are essential for women to develop female sex characteristics, such as breast development, uterus growth, and menstrual cycles.
Estring works by delivering estradiol directly to your vaginal tissue. When placed in your vagina, it releases its contents slowly over three months. This process allows enough time for the drug to be absorbed into your bloodstream through thin skin at the vaginal opening. Once there, this hormone can go anywhere in your body that needs it — including all those tissues that need more estrogen, such as bones, heart muscles, and brain cells (yes!).
What are the benefits and risks of using an Estring?
The benefits of an Estring include:
● it can help reduce your risk of endometrial cancer, a form of uterine cancer. It also helps with heavy periods and pelvic pain associated with fibroids and endometriosis.
● it can be used to improve the effects that menopause has on your body's bone density and prevent osteoporosis (which occurs when there is less bone mass than normal).
● it can help reduce hot flashes. Your doctor may recommend using Estring along with other hormone medications or antidepressants to treat hot flashes during perimenopause (the time before menopause).
The risks include:
● vaginal irritation or discharge; this should go away after you stop using Estring for a few days or weeks; if not, talk to your doctor about alternative treatments for vaginal atrophy or atrophic vaginitis; in rare cases, these problems may cause bacterial infections requiring antibiotics; however, most women will not experience any problems from using estrogens long term
● it can cause nausea, vomiting, dizziness or fainting; if you experience these symptoms when using an estrogen hormone cream, stop using it immediately and contact your doctor for advice on other treatments that might be better suited to treating your symptoms
Estring (Estradiol Hemihydrate) - use instructions
To get the most out of your Estring, you'll need to use it correctly. Here are some things to keep in mind:
When inserting your Estring, place it high up in the vagina using your index finger and middle finger (the index finger should be on top). Then gently push the vaginal ring into place with your thumb or index finger until it's just below or at the opening of the vagina (depending on how much experience you have with inserting similar products). It can help if you're lying down as this will relax muscles. If needed, try warming water up before inserting.
Removal - After three weeks' wear time has passed, remove your Estring by pulling gently at each end until it comes out completely. Try not to touch any part of the ring itself once removed from your body because doing so could transfer germs or other substances back onto yourself—it's a best practice just to throw away any used rings after removal! You may wish to store them in a plastic bag prior again if they don't come with one already included; otherwise, make sure they're kept securely closed during storage periods between uses so as not to contaminate anything else around them (including other people)
How long does it take for Estring to start working?
The Estring vaginal ring takes about 3 weeks to start working. You can use the ring for up to 3 months at a time, but it may take up to 2 months before you start feeling any effects. Once inserted, the estrogen starts working within 24 hours of insertion.
How long do I keep the ring in, and how often do I have to replace it?
The ring is left in for 3 months at a time. When it's time to remove the ring, you can leave it in for up to 3 months before replacing the original one with a new one. You won't need to use hormone replacement therapy (HRT) during this time.
How much does Estring cost? Is there a generic version of Estring?
You can buy Estring online or in your local pharmacy. When you buy it, you will typically pay $300-$500 for a three-month supply of the ring.
The price may vary depending on whether or not you have insurance coverage and what plan you have. If you do not have insurance that covers birth control, the cost of Estring will be higher than if it did cover birth control. However, suppose your health plan does cover birth control. In that case, the price will be lower than without insurance coverage because these types of plans are designed to make sure that everyone can afford their prescription medication without having to worry about how much they spend each month on their prescriptions every year (or even over several years).
Tips on how to make the most out of your treatment with Estring
● If you have questions about Estring or any other medications you're taking, don't be afraid to ask your doctor or pharmacist.
● If you are being treated for a specific condition, make sure that the dose of Estring prescribed is correct for your age and weight. Also, be sure that the dose has been adjusted if your body mass index (BMI) has changed since starting treatment with Estring.
● If you are taking other medications, tell your doctor or pharmacist before starting treatment with Estring. Your healthcare provider may need to change doses of other medications while taking Estring.
● Be sure to follow all instructions given by your doctor or pharmacist when using this medication; otherwise, side effects could occur.
Learn about Estring, the non-invasive, long-acting treatment option for menopause symptoms.
Estring is a hormone therapy product used to treat menopause symptoms. It is a vaginal ring that delivers estradiol, a type of estrogen. Estring is a non-invasive, long-acting treatment option for menopause symptoms. The small flexible ring is placed inside the vagina and releases estradiol over an extended period. This vaginal ring can be inserted and removed by you at home!
Estradiol (estrogen) is one of three primary female sex hormones produced in the ovaries during reproductive years.
What are the pros and cons of Estring?
Estradiol hemihydrate is a new type of hormone treatment for menopause. It’s a vaginal ring that you insert into your vagina and leave for three weeks, then take out and insert a new ring.
This treatment has some significant benefits over other types of hormone therapy:
● It doesn’t require daily dosing. You just insert it once every 3 weeks!
● Estring doesn't have any side effects or cause estrogen dominance (a health issue caused by too much estrogen in the body).
But there are also some downsides to using Estring:
● Only available by prescription in the US at this time; however, it's expected to become available over-the-counter in 2021.*Unlike other hormone treatments (like patches or creams), Estring isn't available without a prescription in Canada.*Costs more than other hormone treatments like creams or gels
How to know if Estring is suitable for you?
Estring Vaginal Ring (estradiol hemihydrate) is a prescription medication Bayer Pharmaceuticals manufactures. It comes in the form of a flexible plastic ring inserted into the vagina to deliver estrogen. The drug affects the lining of your bones, heart, and blood vessels.
For you to be considered for this treatment option, you must meet all of the following criteria:
● You are experiencing menopause symptoms such as hot flashes and vaginal dryness that haven’t responded well to other treatments or medications.
● You are not currently taking hormonal medications like birth control pills or patches/gels. Suppose you have been on these products in the past 6 months. In that case, they should be discontinued before beginning Estring therapy unless they were prescribed by your doctor specifically for use while using Estring as an alternative method (in which case it would not count against your total time limit). This will prevent any potential side effects from occurring due to overlapping medications!
We hope this article has given you a better understanding of Estring and how it may be able to help treat your menopause symptoms. If you’re still unsure whether this treatment is proper for you, speak with your doctor about the options available for managing symptoms like hot flashes, night sweats, and vaginal dryness.