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How can I limit the side effects of using estrogen?

You can lower your risk of side effects from medications that contain estrogen by taking the following steps:
  • Use the lowest dose possible for the shortest amount of time.
  • Report any vaginal bleeding you experience to your doctor immediately.
  • Ask your doctor how often you should have breast exams and mammograms. If you use an estrogen product that is inserted into the vagina, ask about pelvic exams, too.
  • Talk to your doctor about ways you can lower your risk of heart attacks, strokes and blood clots if you are overweight, smoke tobacco or have high blood pressure, high cholesterol or diabetes.
  • Have regular checkups and reevaluate whether you still need a medication containing estrogen with your doctor at least every six months.

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