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

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

Estrogen related: You can have local irritation but mostly estrogen related side effects just like pills.

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Will topical estrogen cream help prevent wrinkles?

Will topical estrogen cream help prevent wrinkles?

No: The only proven way to minimize the development of wrinkles is prevention of skin damage, good health, a family history of robust skin and gentle conscientious cleansing with the use of a good moisturizer. So don't smoke, eat healthy carotene rich foods, apply sunscreens and cleanse your skin of make-up residues etc. At least once a day. Retin-a helps; particularly with oily skin.

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What could be the effects of a male using estrogen cream?

What could be the effects of a male using estrogen cream?

Little: Probably little to none because the amount absorbed is likely low. But if we assume he uses alot of it, effects could be feminizing such as breast growth. I've not seen this studied specifically.

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Could using estrogen cream make you gain weight?

Could using estrogen cream make you gain weight?

Yes: Estrogen cream can contribute to weight gain through at least a few mechanisms. Estrogen lowers testosterone levels estrogen inhibits thyroid function estrogen can affect your metabolim to build up various tissues in your body.

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Csect 10wks ago. Dr said uterus wasn't ready for iud, prescribed estrogen cream for 1mo. Why? I've had dvts, is this a risk?

Csect 10wks ago. Dr said uterus wasn't ready for iud, prescribed estrogen cream for 1mo. Why? I've had dvts, is this a risk?

Unclear: It is not clear what you mean by relating the IUD to estrogen cream as these things are not related. I would contact your prescribing doctor to clarify what the plan of care is and address your concerns.

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What does estrogen cream do?

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.

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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?

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?

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.

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What is the relative strength of phytoestrogen cream compared to estrogen cream?

Not close.: While they may offer some benefit to estrogen depravation, they cannot beat the real thing, do not minimize colon cancer, maintain sexual function, and work as well for osteoporosis prevention.

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How long does it take for vaginal estrogen cream to be absorbed? (eg how long after applying it can I use the bathroom?)

4-6 hours: General recommendations is to apply the cream at bedtime - it will be absorbed by morning.

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Does estrogen cream stop or slow the progression of cystocele or is it just a matter of time before it falls out completely?

Does estrogen cream stop or slow the progression of cystocele or is it just a matter of time before it falls out completely?

Can help: Depends on severity of cystocele, the stage of the cystocele. For example, early cystocele, mild stage I, may be greatly improved by transvaginal estrogen.

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I am on the depo shot and is there a way I can take estrogen too? Is it possible to take an estrogen cream or something to regulate hormones?

Yes, but. ..: If you are going to do that then why don't you just take a BCP which contains a known fixed combination of estrogens and progesterones. Discuss the different ones with your doc.

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According to POP Q, I have Stage 2 cystocele that is contained inside. How will estrogen cream help this not progress further?

Topical estrogen: Cream can often improve some symptoms due to pelvic organ prolapse with resulting incontinence by returning estrogen to the surrounding tissues resulting in less dryness and irritation. But it does not/can not actually change the mechanical progression of prolapse. A stage 2 cystocele may be improved with pelvic floor exercises, especially using biofeedback, or a pessary. Surgery may be needed.

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At 3wks my daughter had labial adhesion we have always used the estrogen cream she is 3 now and I'm wondering why we're still having this problem?

At 3wks my daughter had labial adhesion we have always used the estrogen cream she is 3 now and I'm wondering why we're still having this problem?

Can recur: Labial adhesions are felt to be caused by mild irritation of the labia, either from diaper rashes, infections, poor hygiene (3-4 year-old girls are notoriously poor at wiping), or just excessive rubbing. As the irritation heals, edges of the labia stick together and become fused. Estrogen cream is usual stherapy. Recurrence can occur, so vasoline can be used once separated to keep labia apart.

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