Cenestin is primarily used for relieving and treating symptoms of menopause, including hot flashes and vaginal symptoms (such as dryness, itching, or burning). For women who still have a uterus, Cenestin must be combined with a progesterone hormone, in order to reduce the risk of developing cancer of the uterus. Some off-label Cenestin uses include alleviating the symptoms of certain cancers and preventing osteoporosis in postmenopausal women.
What Is Cenestin Used For?Cenestin® (conjugated estrogens) is a prescription hormone medication that contains a mixture of synthetic (manufactured) estrogens. It does not, however, contain any progesterone hormones. Cenestin is approved for treating the following symptoms of menopause:
- Moderate to severe hot flashes or night sweats
- Moderate to severe vaginal symptoms, such as dryness, itching, or burning.
Using Cenestin for MenopauseMenopause is a normal change in a woman's life when she stops having her period. That's why some people call menopause "the change of life." A woman has reached menopause when she has not had a period for 12 months in a row and there are no other causes for this change. Menopause symptoms include:
- Changes in your period, including abnormal bleeding or "spotting"
- Vaginal changes, such as dryness or irritation
- Hot flashes (hot flushes)
- Night sweats and sleeping problems (including insomnia)
- Mood changes
- Urinary problems
- Problems with concentration or memory
- Thinning and weakening of your bones
- Less interest in sex and changes in sexual response
- Weight gain or an increase in body fat around your waist
- Hair thinning or loss.
For some women, these symptoms are quite severe, and some form of menopause relief may be necessary. This may include medications, natural menopause relief remedies, or non-medical ways to deal with the symptoms.
For menopause treatment, Cenestin should be used at the lowest effective dose for the shortest period necessary.
Because Cenestin (or any other estrogen treatment) without progesterone can increase the risk of precancerous or cancerous changes in the uterus, it must be combined with a progestin (either continuously or intermittently) in women who still have a uterus. If you have had a hysterectomy, you can take Cenestin by itself, without any progesterone.