Femring is a medication that is inserted vaginally and left in place for up to 90 days to treat certain menopausal symptoms. Specifically, this prescription hormone replacement medication is approved to treat hot flashes or night sweats, as well as vaginal itching, burning, or dryness. Although most women tolerate Femring well, side effects can include headaches, breast tenderness, and vaginal yeast infections.
What Is Femring?Femring® (estradiol vaginal ring) is a prescription medication that contains an estrogen hormone. This hormone medication comes in the form of a flexible ring that is inserted vaginally and left in place for up to 90 days. It is used to treat the following menopause symptoms:
- Irritation, dryness, itching, and burning in and around the vagina
- Hot flashes or night sweats.
(Click Femring Uses for more information on what the drug is used for, including possible off-label uses.)
Who Makes Femring?Femring is made by Warner Chilcott (US), Inc.
How Does It Work?Femring contains estradiol, the main estrogen hormone produced by the ovaries before menopause. It helps to relieve menopausal symptoms by replacing the estradiol that the ovaries no longer produce.
Femring slowly releases estradiol at a steady rate for 90 days. The estradiol is absorbed through the vaginal tissues into the bloodstream.
When and How to Use FemringGeneral considerations for when and how to use the medication include the following:
- Femring comes as a small, flexible ring. It is inserted into the vagina once every 90 days.
- It does not matter where exactly the ring is located in the vagina. However, if you feel discomfort, it was probably not inserted far enough. Most women do not feel it after insertion, and the ring should not interfere with sexual intercourse.
- Femring cannot get lost inside your body. It is too large to be passed through the cervix.
- If the ring comes out, in most cases, you should simply rinse it with cool or lukewarm water and reinsert it.
- Most women can easily insert and remove Femring without any assistance. To remove it, simply hook a finger through the ring and gently pull it out.
- Dispose of the ring out of the reach of pets and children. Do not flush it.
- For the medication to work properly, it must be used as prescribed.