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.)
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.