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Vaginal dryness can be a common concern for any woman. However, it is more likely to show its effect after menopause. The vagina is moist with the help of the natural lubricate produced by the two glands at the neck of the cervix. This lubricant travels down the vagina to keep it clean and moist. It also removes the dead cells. The lubricant also works as an anti-infection as it slightly acidic. This keeps the vaginal area healthy and infection free. This lubricant is white in colour and every woman notices this vaginal discharge. When the body produces less lubricant, vaginal dryness is experienced.

Estring vaginal delivery system belong to the group of medicines known as local Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT). It is a vaginal ring. Estring contains estradiol hemihydrate, which replaces oestrogen, one of the female sex hormones. It is used to relieve menopausal symptoms in the vagina such as dryness or irritation. These symptoms are experienced when the oestrogen levels drop in the body. Estring maintains the hormone levels and reduces these menopausal symptoms.

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  • Always read the patient leaflet for more detailed information
  • Consult a doctor before you take this medicine
  • Wash your hands before inserting estring vaginal ring into the vagina
  • Take a comfortable position
  • With one hand, open the fold of the skin around the vagina
  • Simultaneously, with the other hand, fold the ring into an oval shape
  • Push the ring into the vagina as far as you can
  • Wash your hands
  • Each ring is usually worn for about 3 months, then replace it with a new one
  • Maximum course duration is 2 years
  • While pulling it out, hook your finger around the ring and pull it gently

  • Urinary tract infection
  • Infection inside around the vagina
  • Itching inside and around the vagina
  • Abdomen pain
  • Pain on passing urine
  • Increased sweating

Uncommon/Rare Side effects – If you observe any of the following side effects, see a doctor

  • Abdominal uterine bleeding
  • Breast pain
  • Breast tenderness
  • Swollen breasts
  • Feeling sick
  • Abdomen pain
  • Migraine
  • Mood swings
  • Anxiety
  • Joint pain
  • Changes in your sex interest
  • Swelling of the face
  • Rash
  • Itching
  • Changes in hair growth
  • Changes in your weight
  • Dementia (memory loss)
  • Gallbladder disease
  • Allergic reaction
  • Jaundice symptoms
  • Increased blood pressure
  • Sudden pain in the chest
  • Shortness of breath
  • Severe vaginal discomfort

These details are provided only as a guide. Please read patient information leaflet for more details.

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What is vaginal dryness?

When the vaginal area turns dry and losses its moisture it is known as vaginal dryness.

Can vaginal dryness be treated?

Vaginal dryness is a very uncomfortable condition but it is curable.

When does a woman suffer from vaginal dryness?

Usually, older women (post-menopause) suffer from this common condition, but it can happen to females of any age.

What causes vaginal dryness?

The decreased level of one of the hormones, oestrogen, in the female body, causes dryness in the vagina.

How can vaginal dryness affect my sex life?

Vaginal dryness reduces the lubricant which moistens the vaginal area. Hence, you would experience a painful sexual intercourse. Even slight friction can cause severe pain. This can lead to infection as well.

When should a female consult a doctor about vaginal dryness?

As soon as the symptoms are visible, you should contact a doctor.

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