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What are the drawbacks of vaginal estrogen creams or suppositories?

Donna Hill Howes, RN
Family Practitioner

The amount of vaginal estrogen that enters the bloodstream is not enough to relieve hot flashes. Vaginal estrogen also does not protect against osteoporosis, a loss of bone density that begins or worsens around the time of menopause. The pill and patch forms of estrogen do protect against bone loss. Some women find vaginal creams and suppositories messy or have difficulty remembering when to apply them. 

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