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What is estradiol?

Estradiol is a form of the female hormone estrogen. This prescription drug is used to treat symptoms of menopause such as hot flashes and vaginal dryness, irritation or burning. It is used to treat vaginal or vulval atrophy and may be used to prevent osteoporosis. Estradiol is also sometimes used as part of a cancer treatment regimen for women and men. For women, it may help relieve symptoms of breast cancer. For men, it helps treat advanced prostate cancer by antagonizing male hormones. This drug is also used as a replacement for estrogen in response to failure of the ovaries.

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