Estring is primarily used for treating certain vaginal and urinary symptoms that are caused by low estrogen levels after menopause. In particular, Estring uses include treating vaginal burning, dryness, and itching, as well as painful or urgent urination. This prescription medication can also reduce thinning of the vaginal tissues. In addition, there are several "off-label" Estring uses, such as treating other menopause symptoms.
What Is Estring Used For?Estring® (estradiol vaginal ring) is a prescription hormone replacement therapy medication that comes in the form of a ring and is inserted vaginally for 90 days. Estring is approved to treat vaginal and urinary menopause symptoms.
Estring contains estradiol. This is a natural human hormone and is the primary estrogen hormone in premenopausal women. Estring does not contain any progesterone hormones.
Using Estring for Vaginal and Urinary SymptomsMenopause 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 can affect the entire body, including the vagina and the urinary tract. Vaginal and urinary menopause symptoms may include:
- Vaginal burning or other pain
- Vaginal dryness
- Vaginal itching
- A urgent need to urinate (known as urinary urgency)
- Painful urination (known as dysuria).
These symptoms occur due to low estradiol levels after menopause. Because Estring helps replace some of the estradiol lost during menopause, it not only helps relieve vaginal symptoms, but also can reduce thinning of the vaginal tissues.
For menopause treatment, Estring should be used at the lowest effective dose for the shortest period necessary.