Step 4: Read and complete the decision guide to learn more about your symptoms.
Because estrogen can stimulate breast cancer cells to grow, your history of breast cancer makes it unwise for you to use estrogen in order to relieve your vaginal dryness.
Estrogen replacement that is taken in pill form has been shown to increase cancer recurrence rates in people who previously had breast cancer. Estrogen can also be given directly into the vagina, with only a small amount of absorption into the bloodstream. Even in this situation, most doctors worry that the small amount of estrogen that gets into the bloodstream is still too much of a concern.
You will need to consider non-estrogen treatments for your vaginal dryness.
- 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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