- Vaginal estrogen ring (Estring). You or your doctor inserts this soft, flexible ring into the vagina. There it releases a steady stream of estrogen directly to the vaginal tissues. The ring is replaced every three months.
- Vaginal estrogen tablet (Vagifem). You use a disposable applicator to insert a tablet into your vagina once a day for the first two weeks of treatment. Then you insert it twice a week until you no longer need it.
- Vaginal estrogen cream (Estrace, Premarin). You use an applicator to insert the cream into your vagina. How often you apply the cream depends on the brand. Estrace is applied every day for the first two to four weeks and then one to three times a week. Premarin is taken on a rotating schedule, in which you apply it every day for a few weeks and then don't apply it for an entire week. In order to keep the vagina more lubricated, try using a vaginal moisturizer (Replens, Lubrin), which you can buy at your local drugstore or supermarket. You can make intercourse more enjoyable by applying a water-based lubricant (Astroglide, K-Y) beforehand. Also take your time before having sex to make sure that you are fully aroused. Avoid using douches, bubble baths, scented soaps, and lotions around the sensitive vaginal area. These products can worsen dryness.
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Archived: March 20, 2014
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