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what does estrogen cream do?

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Dr. Giuseppe Barbesino
Internal Medicine 33 years experience
Helps the dryness: Estrogen cream is given to help menopausal women with vaginal dryness and other local effects of menopause while avoiding the whole body effects of an estrogen pill. However, limited amounts of the estrogen in the cream may be absorbed. Women with breast cancer should check with their oncologist prior to taking estrogen cream.
Dr. Gerard Honore
Fertility Medicine 29 years experience
Delivers estrogen: Its simply a way of 'taking' more estrogen in a cream instead of swallowing a pill; it's down to get more estrogen to a body area or the whole body. The question to ask though, is: does your body (or part) need more estrogen?

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A 27-year-old member asked:

Does alfalfa have estrogen?

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Dr. William Banks Hinshaw
Obstetrics and Gynecology 43 years experience
No, but...: ...Alfalfa contains isoflavones which have a low and variable degree of estrogen like activity in animal models. One would have to consume a lot of alfalfa to have much of an effect, and there are side effects associated with this supplement which would need to be seriously considered first.
A 70-year-old member asked:

I am approaching 70 and have been using estrogen cream off & on for a year. Would it be ok to take tablets instead of the cream?

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Dr. Luis Villaplana
Internal Medicine 35 years experience
Don't : Estrogen is relatively contraindicated at your age. Issues with increased risk for breast cancer and heart disease, as well as increased risk for blood clots particularly in smokers.
A 41-year-old member asked:

Can anyone tell me what some side effects of an estrogen cream?

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Dr. Robert Lutz
Obstetrics and Gynecology 39 years experience
Estrogen related: You can have local irritation but mostly estrogen related side effects just like pills.
A 36-year-old member asked:

Are there any over-the-counter estrogen cream or pills?

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Dr. Stephen Sudler
Obstetrics and Gynecology 40 years experience
No: Estrogen in all its forms is a prescription item.
A 35-year-old member asked:

How much estrogen can you ingest from foods before observing a noticeable change in physiology?

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Dr. Troy DeLong
Pharmacology 30 years experience
Varies GREATLY: Plant produced estrogens, also know as phytoestrogens, can vary greatly depending on the type of plant. Flax seed, soy, sesame seed are some foods at the top of the list. Some studies appear to show health benefits from increased consumption of these foods. The amount an individual can safely ingest varies greatly. Liver fuction is one of several determining factors.

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