Precautions While Using This Medicine
It is very important that your doctor check your progress at
regular visits to make sure this medicine does not cause unwanted effects
. Plan on going to see your doctor every year, but some doctors require
visits more often.
It is not yet known whether the use of vaginal estrogens increases the
risk of breast cancer in women. Therefore, it is very important that you regularly
check your breasts for any unusual lumps or discharge. Report any problems
to your doctor. You should also have a mammogram (x-ray pictures of the breasts)
done if your doctor recommends it.
If you think that you may be pregnant, stop using the
medicine immediately and check with your doctor
Tell the doctor in charge that you are using this medicine before having
any laboratory test, because some test results may be affected.
For vaginal creams
Avoid using latex condoms, diaphragms, or cervical caps for up to
72 hours after using estrogen vaginal creams. Certain estrogen products may
contain oils in the creams that can weaken latex (rubber) products and cause
condoms to break or leak, or cervical caps or diaphragms to wear out sooner.
Check with your health care professional to make sure the vaginal estrogen
product you are using can be used with latex devices.
This medicine is often used at bedtime to increase effectiveness
through better absorption.
Vaginal creams or suppositories will melt and leak out of the vagina.
A minipad or sanitary napkin will protect your clothing. Do not use tampons
(like those used for menstrual periods) since they
may soak up the medicine and make the medicine less effective.
Avoid exposing your male sexual partner to your vaginal estrogen
cream or suppository by not having sexual intercourse right after using these
medicines. Your male partner might absorb the medicine through his penis if
it comes in contact with the medicine.
For estradiol vaginal insert
It is not necessary to remove the vaginal insert for sexual intercourse
If you do take it out or if it accidentally slips or comes out of
the vagina, you can replace the vaginal insert in the vagina after washing
it with lukewarm water. Never use hot or boiling water
If it slips down, gently push it upwards back into place.
Replace the vaginal insert every 3 months.