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User Reviews for Estradiol

Also known as: Estrace Vaginal Cream, Estring, Vagifem

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Atrophic Vaginitis 50 reviews 45 medications
   
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7.0
Summary of Estradiol reviews 54 reviews 7.2

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Estring (estradiol) for Atrophic Vaginitis: "The estring worked very well for vaginal atrophy and dryness. Intercourse was no longer painful. However, I had it for three months and gained 7 lbs. during that time, (with no other changes to my diet or exercise regime), almost all of it showing up in my belly! I took it out for a few days while waiting to refill the prescription and immediately lost 2 lbs. As soon as I put the new one in, I re-gained the 2 lbs. in a matter of a few days. I'm not sure if I'm going to keep using it. I love the convenience, as I had tried Estrace cream and found it messy and a hassle to remember to use it, and the estring definitely alleviated my symptoms, but I can't stand the weight gain."

   
8.0

Dog Lady February 7, 2016

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Vagifem (estradiol) for Atrophic Vaginitis: "54 and Suffering Severe vaginal dryness took vagifem 10 m for 10 days only had to stop due to severe abdominal pain never again will I take this drug users please beware"

   
1.0

Ginney-t (taken for less than 1 month) February 4, 2016

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Vagifem (estradiol) for Atrophic Vaginitis: "I have only been taking this for a few months, but notice a big difference, I suffered really bad pain during intercourse and this has improved the situation, I also think it has levelled out my menopausal moods. I will be staying on it. I am fortunate to live in Scotland where I do not pay for this medication directly, prescriptions are free."

   
9.0

hellojoanie (taken for 1 to 6 months) February 2, 2016

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Estrace Vaginal Cream (estradiol) for Atrophic Vaginitis: "So - I was prescribed this and was shocked when I went to the pharmacy and she said $135. Dr. never mentioned this. I said "doesn't my insurance pay anything on this?" She checked and said "It's normally $350.00" or something. I was really angry. Angry, embarassed and this whole experience is humiliating to women. Why do I think a prescription of Viagra has a co-pay of like $10?? IT'S TIME TO STOP DISCRIMINATING AGAINST WOMEN. Especially us older women!!! That is ridiculous!!! I did not buy it, I was so angry. I may.... but I doubt it. I was prescribed this with an oral progesterone -- any one have experience with these two items combined? Thanks for letting me air that - take heed, Big Pharma."

twistedK (taken for less than 1 month) January 23, 2016

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Estring (estradiol) for Atrophic Vaginitis: "The estring was my answer to vagina dryness and extremely painful intercourse. And I wasn't even in menopause yet. I also had vuvlydynia causing extremely burn and pain. I had tried the cream, Estrace, but could never keep it up and didn't want to deal with it. Finally my doctor recommended the estring. After 2 or 3 weeks, I was feeling completely normal again. I've been using this for almost 9 months now, and I no longer have any pain, and the vuvlydynia seems to be gone. It's a miracle. I can actually have pain free sex once again."

   
10

jjgibbs (taken for 6 months to 1 year) December 27, 2015

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Estring (estradiol) for Atrophic Vaginitis: "I've been postmenopausal for nearly 7 years. Past the hot flash and insomnia stage. My issue was primarily vaginal dryness and painful intercourse, because the vaginal tissue had lost elasticity. I have used estrogen cream and vagifem. Both worked fine for awhile, but gradually became less effective. My doctor switched me to the Estring and I love it. I'm a little unsure about whether I inserted it correctly, because my husband could feel it. Also, I had a pelvic ultrasound for an unrelated issue and the Estring obstructed the tech's view. I reached down and popped the thing out and put it back when she was done - haha. Now, I do that for relations with my husband, too. I will follow-up with doc about proper placement."

   
9.0

Love It! December 26, 2015

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Estrace Vaginal Cream (estradiol) for Atrophic Vaginitis: "Side effects of break through bleeding and little relief from thin tissue does not warrant the cost if over $300 with co-pay of $75. This is price gouging for a cream that should cost no more than $20 at the very most -- and I'm being generous. Over priced meds are out of control. I won't bother using Estrace anymore."

   
4.0

Sharonnothappy22 (taken for 1 to 2 years) December 23, 2015

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Estrace Vaginal Cream (estradiol) for Atrophic Vaginitis: "Used as directed and not sure it did much, truthfully. I have been having bio-identical estrogen and testosterone implants and that does seem to be very effective. Also, OTC product called Luvena (Restorative Vaginal Moisturizer, pH balanced) is super effective and doesn't cause the stinging and break through bleeding of Estrace. Luvena is significantly cheaper than insanely over priced Estrace ($300 or a $72 co-pay). Really, Estrace should cost about $15 and not the criminally high price it is Bottom line: Not a fan of Estrace and certainly not worth the $72 co-pay for stinging and bleeding for me at ten years post menopause."

   
5.0

Sharongreen1432 December 20, 2015

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Estring (estradiol) for Atrophic Vaginitis: "Can't really rate Estring properly since my total time using it was about three minutes. It felt awful. Removed it and re-inserted it. Still awful. Looked at pictures . Had it in correctly but to no avail. No way would my husband not feel it. I could feel it just walking about. I am a petite woman so maybe that is a factor. Some type of applicator would be helpful. Rinsed it off and put it away. Maybe I'll try again but I doubt it."

   
1.0

Mammy Bear December 2, 2015

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Estrace Vaginal Cream (estradiol) for Atrophic Vaginitis: "I was experiencing very painful intercourse with tearing. I have used this medication exactly 3 times it has improved sex 99% already. Some pain on insurtion, but none during intercourse for the first time in years! I have no doubt it will get better as my body's estrogen levels improve.. So thankful. I am 55 yrs old."

His Wife is back!!! November 15, 2015

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Estring (estradiol) for Atrophic Vaginitis: "I just removed the ring after 3 weeks because after two weeks I started having hot flashes, low back pain and vaginal discharge. It has been 3 days now and the symptoms are abating. I did not like the bloat I was feeling and will go back to the Estrace cream, which is not as convenient but with which I did not have side effects."

   
3.0

anonymous cat (taken for less than 1 month) October 10, 2015

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Estrace Vaginal Cream (estradiol) for Atrophic Vaginitis: "I have been using 1mg every night for 12 days and am not sure if I can tolerate my side effect symptoms much longer to see if the cream actually works to diminish extremely painful intercourse due to dryness. I now have very tender breasts, a constant mild headache, and swelling, tenderness, and dryness of the external genitalia almost since the first day that I started using the cream. The only good effect so far is that my libido does seem to be heightened. So now I feel 'sexy' again but can't do anything about it because of all my discomfort! I plan on continuing using the cream at every third day intervals for 2 more weeks to see if my side effects subside. If I am still miserable, I will stop the medication and look for a non prescription vaginal moisturizer as my last hope for a continued sex life."

Notwright October 7, 2015

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Vagifem (estradiol) for Atrophic Vaginitis: "I used Vagifem as prescribed by my Gyn. I used this product as directed for on an off for a period of 2 years. I developed fallopian and ovarian cancer last year. I have had to have a hysterectomy-oophorectomy and excision of tumors. I feel that this was related to my taking the Vagifem even though my Gyn stated that this was a small dose of hormone and would not cause any adverse problems. I have since found that this is not the truth!"

Mary Ann Williams (taken for 2 to 5 years) August 30, 2015

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Estrace Vaginal Cream (estradiol) for Atrophic Vaginitis: "I have been using estrace vaginal cream for 8 weeks now, about 2 x a week and it has helped my vaginal dryness and prolapse but I am experiencing side effects, anxiety, bleeding gums, joint and muscle pain, problems with sleep. I don't like this. I am going to look for a more natural estrogen."

   
5.0

SheMac August 9, 2015

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Estrace Vaginal Cream (estradiol) for Atrophic Vaginitis: "I started using Estrace two years ago after major perimenopause symptoms. Around this time my periods stopped and I did find quite a bit of relief from vaginal and urethral pain and dryness as well as frequent urination and burning. Have gotten along fairly well with several short flareups until recently when I have had a return of my symptoms even though I am still using the Estrace. Any suggestions or experience with this?"

   
9.0

Cindy P July 3, 2015

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Estrace Vaginal Cream (estradiol) for : "I had one area inside my labia that bothered me after sex. The dr said he thought it was Lichen. He gave me a sample of Estrace cream. I only massaged a small amount in the affected area. It took a few days for the discomfort to fade. After a week I noticed that my labia was tighter, not so flabby. My libido increased too. I wish I could bathe in this! It's a "facelift" for your vagina."

   
10

India Anne June 1, 2015

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Estring (estradiol) for Atrophic Vaginitis: "I stopped using Estring after the first 3 month ring. I gained 10 lbs during those 3 months. My hot flashes returned and I still had pain during intercourse. I regret ever trying it. I wish I had my $150.00 back!"

   
1.0

Anonymous (taken for 1 to 6 months) May 6, 2015

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Estrace Vaginal Cream (estradiol) for Atrophic Vaginitis: "Rootsgal, they generally say it takes 3-6 months to have full effects. It takes time to rebuild the vaginal tissues."

   
9.0

Angel47 April 30, 2015

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Estrace Vaginal Cream (estradiol) for Hypoestrogenism: "I had a complete hysterectomy over 6 years ago. It has been a real battle trying to regulate my hormones. Testosterone pellets helped some but not worth the beard that comes with it. I don't know what is in this exactly but it has done wonders for my libido. My husband wants to make sure I never run out..."

   
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Yorkie Lover (taken for less than 1 month) April 2, 2015

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Estrace Vaginal Cream (estradiol) for Atrophic Vaginitis: "I started taking Mimvy for severe hot flashes and it helped right away. About 2 years later, I started feeling stinging, after sex when I peed. I am 54 in menopause. It, did not get better using the Vag Fem pill, so I called back, once the dose was almost out. I was then prescribed Estrace, and I have been using it for about (3) weeks. We finally had sex, and it was a tiny bit better, but I felt like "the walls", are as thin as a balloon. Really painful throbbing afterwards. Does it take a certain amount of time, to achieve the best result? My OBGYN never said anything about any "length of time". Overall, I am about 20% better."

RootsGal March 24, 2015

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Estrace Vaginal Cream (estradiol) for Atrophic Vaginitis: "USE IT OR LOOSE IT. Was prescribed Esctrace cream for dryness & painful sex. once a day for 2/weeks, then twice a week. 10 days and dramatic improvement. Here is the deal; waiting for 2 weeks before attempting sex. After 5 days I was able to do it with no problem. Not really enjoyable, but not painful at all. Best time was first in morning for a couple of minutes But if morning not an option, then a couple of minutes at night. but before inserting the cream so you don't accidentally take it all out."

   
8.0

Lola1964 January 30, 2015

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Vagifem (estradiol) for Atrophic Vaginitis: "I have been using Vagifem 10mcg for 8-9 months and I just switched to Estrace vaginal cream 1gr. Vagifem kept my vagina healthy but the estrogen doesn't reach the external genital area which remains dry. With cream I'm able to use it in the vagina but I spread a little extra on the outside."

   
4.0

Cream is better November 28, 2014

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Estrace Vaginal Cream (estradiol) for Atrophic Urethritis: "No change in urinary frequency or urgency."

   
3.0

Anonymous (taken for 6 months to 1 year) November 16, 2014

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Vagifem (estradiol) for : "This medicine helped my dryness greatly and I can once again enjoy great sexual relations, However, being a migraine sufferer to begin with, this medicine has really magnified my headaches and the number I get each month. I would love to continue using it for the effectiveness, but can't be nonfunctional due to the number of and severeness of my migraines."

   
9.0

old age?dryness (taken for 1 to 6 months) September 15, 2014

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Estrace Vaginal Cream (estradiol) for Atrophic Vaginitis: "Just posting an update from my last post a few months ago. The hypoallergenic estradiol (basically, a compounded version of Estrace from a compounding pharmacy) continues to be very effective for me - relieving vaginal burning/pain and urinary urgency/frequency. For women out there suffering those issues in perimenopause (when it hit me), know that it was suggested that I had interstitial cystitis and that I was off-base when I told doctors I was reacting badly to propylene glycol and glycerin, ingredients in many vaginal products. The compounded version of Estrace has been SO helpful for me and after many painful, difficult months, I feel myself again. "

   
9.0

Leyaleo (taken for 1 to 6 months) September 3, 2014

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