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How effective is the vaginal estrogen ring at easing symptoms of menopause?

Dr. Daniel R. Spogen, MD
Family Practitioner

Vaginal estrogen rings are very effective at easing certain symptoms of menopause. There are high-dose and low-dose varieties of vaginal estrogen rings for menopause. The low-dose rings are very effective at relieving vaginal dryness and painful intercourse. The high-dose rings can be used instead of an oral medication to also treat for other symptoms, such as hot flashes.

Donna Hill Howes, RN
Family Practitioner

The vaginal ring may help relieve some of the urinary symptoms related to decreased estrogen, such as painful urination or an urgent need to urinate.

Vaginal rings are as effective as other forms of vaginal estrogen (creams, gels, tablets) for relieving vaginal symptoms, such as dryness, itching, and pain with intercourse. For these symptoms, vaginal estrogen is more effective than estrogen in pill or patch form. And it is more effective than gels and creams that contain no estrogen. Even so, it can take a few weeks for symptoms to improve. 

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