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Estrogen is the primary sex hormone in females and plays an important role in menstrual and estrus reproductive cycles. This hormone is found in
as well as in
therapy for women after menopause. While estrogen has many benefits, there are also side effects to the excessive use of this hormone. To get a better understanding of the advantages and disadvantages of this hormone, take a look below at the questions that have been answered by the Experts.
Can low estrogen cause less vaginal lubrication post menopause?
, thinning and/or low elasticity of the vaginal mucosa are usually side effects of low estrogen in post menopausal women. Lack of vaginal lubrication also generally causes pain when engaging in sexual activities. In this situation, more foreplay can help provide additional stimulation to the vagina which may increase vaginal lubrication prior to intercourse.
Many women have success using water based lubricants, KY Jelly or silicone based lubricants to provide relief from vaginal dryness. In some cases, a vaginal dilator is required to assist in stretching the vaginal canal to reduce some of the pain. Topical anesthetics such as Oragel have also been used to numb the painful area.
In certain situations, the pain could also be caused by endometriosis, fibroids, a
and other such problems. However, the woman would have to be properly examined by a doctor to diagnose and treat the condition properly.
Does lack of estrogen and progesterone cause osteoporosis or osteopenia?
Low estrogen levels in women who are going through menopause have been known to decrease bone density. However, if a woman hasn't lost her uterus and is taking estrogen, it is better to use progesterone to avoid the possibility of developing cancer. Having said that, a combination of progesterone and estrogen generally isn't suggested in women, well into menopause, due to the increased risk of breast cancer.
When trying to increase one's bone density, medications such as Fosomax and Actonel which are Bisphosphonates are safer options than using hormones. Supplementing the diet with Vitamin D and Calcium may help increase bone density as well.
Can a doctor refuse to refill an order of estrogen is someone refuses to get a mammogram?
In most situations, a doctor will want to screen a woman for breast cancer prior to prescribing hormones. This is a common approach used by most doctors to ensure the health of their patients. Furthermore, blood pressure and cholesterol levels are generally checked to ensure there are no increased risks of a heart attack with the use of estrogen. Another common test is to check the woman's blood for liver issues which tend to worsen when using estrogen. As for requiring a mammogram prior to an estrogen prescription, most doctors require the test for their protection as much as the woman's. The potential for a law suit would be present if a patient were to die from estrogen stimulated breast cancer.
What is the best type of estrogen to take if a woman has cystitis?
With so many different estrogens available, the easiest estrogen to use is the vaginal estrogen. The Estring is a vaginal ring that is inserted into the vagina and replaced after 90 days. There are oral estrogen treatments as well as estrogen
. However, women who still have their uterus will generally have to use a combination of estrogen and progesterone which could lead to bleeding.
Will taking estrogen cause endometrioses?
Taking estrogen generally has the potential to create many issues. This is especially true of a woman who begins taking estrogen well after menopause. Some of the potential issues a woman may face are weight gain, abdominal and
, possible recurrence of fibroids if the woman has previously had fibroids, an elevated risk of breast cancer and endometriosis implants that may begin growing if the woman has had them in the past.
Estrogen use provides many benefits but also carries many possible side effects. That’s why it is important for women to understand the risks involved before deciding on whether to use estrogen or not. If you have questions or concerns regarding estrogen, ask an Expert for medical insights and suggestions on the best method of estrogen treatment based on the facts of your case.
Recent Estrogen Questions
I am a 52 year old Female who has not her her
Hello .. I am a 52 year old Female who has not her her period for 11 months .. My husband has low testosterone so we have not had sex for a couple of months .. I noticed I was itchy in the labia area a few months ago .. Just slightly but recently a month
ago it got much worse .. I went to my I gym and was given two rounds of diflucan and told to use Monistat .. It has been kind of tough to get rid of .. It has felt better though .. I used a vibrator that has a attachment head that is rather hard and pointy
last nite .. I have used it before with no issues about a month ago .. This was last night and after I used it .. I noticed I felt a burning feeling .. I looked and I have like two red ulcerated spots one tiny one on the side of my clitoris and one that really
burns inside of my left lip .. I did use lubrication .. This has never happened before so it's making me nervous .. My Obgyn did mention I may need estrogen cream when I went for yeast infection but had no visible lacerations .. Could this happen for using
the vibrator ? It burns .. Thank you .. Dawna
My 88 year old mother has had two incidents of vaginal bleeding
My 88 year old mother has had two incidents of vaginal bleeding upon arising in the am and urinating. She had minor cramping and then blood in the toilet and on her bath mat. It was only this time and another the month before. She had walked around her assisted living complex the days prior to these events tiring her considerably.
Could this discharge be due to the overexertion as I personally have experienced a bit of spotting after doing any strenuous exercise ( I am 66 years old)? These are only two events and she has had no others as she has not walked the distances again.
My doctor prescribed Esterase which I apply on the end of a Qtip whenever i notice and bleeding. She said my tissues are very dry after menopause and that this would alleviate the spotting ( it does). My mother a was checked last September and had a pelvic exam with no issues. She is going back on Wednesday for another one. If this is clear should she be doing what I do to moisturize the tissues that seem to be cracking and bleeding?
Yes...I have what seems to be a yeast infection started and
yes...I have what seems to be a yeast infection started and purchased Monistat 7 across the counter. I have taken four doses and noticed that I am having vaginal bleeding. The blood is not heavy but is bright red in color?
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