Step 4: Read and complete the decision guide to learn more about your symptoms.
If you use hormone replacement as a way to treat your vaginal dryness, you might need to take both estrogen and progesterone. If estrogen is used without progesterone, it can increase the risk for endometrial cancer (uterine cancer). Progesterone is prescribed to women who take estrogen because progesterone protects your uterus from this risk.
Uterine cancer risk is not a major concern for the low estrogen exposure that comes from local (vaginal-only) estrogen treatments. Women who are taking vaginal forms of estrogen may not need to take progesterone, although some experts still think it is wise if you are continuing your treatment for a long time.
To decide whether you will need systemic estrogen or local estrogen, we will need to know whether you are having other symptoms of menopause.
Are you having hot flashes?
- Abdomen and Pelvis
- See also
- Acid Reflux Treatment
- Bleeding After Menopause
- Bleeding Between Menstrual Periods
- Blood in the Urine in Women
- Colon Cancer Screening
- Constipation in Adults
- Difficulty Passing Urine
- Frequent Urination in Women
- Heavy Menstrual Periods
- Intestinal Gas Guide
- Loss of Control of Urine in Women
- Lumps or Pain Within the Scrotum
- Missed or Irregular Menstrual Periods
- Nausea and Vomiting
- Never Started Menstrual Periods
- Painful Menstrual Cramps
- Rectal Bleeding
- Rectal Pain or Itching
- Recurring Abdominal Pain
- Understanding New and Severe Abdominal Pain
- Vaginal Discharge, Itching or Irritation
- Vaginal Dryness
- Vaginal Pain or Discomfort
- Vaginal Sores and Lumps
- When Menstrual Periods Stop
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