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Estrogen (Definition)

Estrogen is a hormone that is secreted by the ovaries and affects ovulation, ...Read more


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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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What are the common uses of vaginal estrogen cream?

What are the common uses of vaginal estrogen cream?

Vaginal dryness: Vaginal estrogen cream is commonly used to address vaginal dryness and discomfort with intercourse. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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I've recently started using both 54mg Concerta & an Estrogen cream, with a marked increase in my libido. Kindly advise which of the 2 might be cause?

I've recently started using both 54mg Concerta & an Estrogen cream, with a marked increase in my libido. Kindly advise which of the 2 might be cause?

Estrogen: While the Concerta is a stimulant, it is usually uncommon for a significant increase in libido to occur unless it sends you into a hypomanic/manic episode. Estrogen, a female sex hormone is likely the cause, especially in situations where you are deficient. ...Read more

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Will estrogen cream stop/slow progression of moderate cystocele or is it just a matter of time before it totally falls out now that I am post menopause?

Will estrogen cream stop/slow progression of moderate cystocele or is it just a matter of time before it totally falls out now that I am post menopause?

Unclear: it is unclear as to whether estrogen will affect progression of a cystocele. Kegals, losing weight(if needed), not being constipated, staying active without putting repetitive pressure to pelvic floor all will help ...Read more

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Does testosterone and estrogen cream cause weight gain?

Does testosterone and estrogen cream cause weight gain?

Kinda sorta maybe: But first, weight gain in whom? Men? Women? Low in testosterone ; estrogen? Or normal levels? Interesting question but too general. Estrogen is linked to water retention which can lead to weight gain. Testosterone can lead to muscle development which can result in weight gain. Not exactly sure what you're looking for. Can you give us some more details ; specifics so that we can answer your questio. ...Read more

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Can natural estrogen cream cause nausea and delayed menstruation?

Estradiol: Yes.. Estrogen can cause nausea, bloating and delayed menstruation. Need to be cautious in taking harmones as suppliments ...Read more

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I'm a 51-year BC survivor (9 yrs), post chemopause, experiencing severe vaginal dryness and atrophy. Is an estrogen cream a safe option to consider?

It depends: It depends on whether your breast cancer was estrogen receptor positive or negative. If positive, there is controversy about estrogen cream use even though very little of it is absorbed by the vaginal epithelium into the generalized blood stream. ...Read more

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Gyn confirmed cystocele & rectocele w/ symptoms. estrogen cream prescribed for 1 month then recheck. how likely is surgery?

Gyn confirmed cystocele & rectocele w/ symptoms. estrogen cream prescribed for 1 month then recheck.  how likely is surgery?

It depends on stage: If the two "celes" are second or third degree then surgery is likely. Additional surgical intervention causes are repeated urinary tract infections from incomplete bladder emptying, fecal retention/constipation with need for manual removal, extrusion to the outside of the body or intercourse "blocking". ...Read more

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I get horrible migraines right before my period.Nothing helps!Might natural estrogen cream at onset help since drop in estrogen is likely the cause?

I get horrible migraines right before my period.Nothing helps!Might natural estrogen cream at onset help since drop in estrogen is likely the cause?

Hormones may help...: ...but NSAIDs have modulatory effects on female hormones & are cheaper & easier to try. I mean round-the-clock NSAID during the premenstrual week, through the period & then tapering over 3-4 d. If that doesn't work or works incompletely, then yes, hormones can help, BUT you definitely need specialist guidance on the NSAIDs &/or which hormones and their dosing & timing. ...Read more

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I'm looking for a natural remedy to sooth and heal external vaginal burning/itching due to low estrogen. I don't want to use estrogen cream. Thanks!

I'm looking for a natural remedy to sooth and heal external vaginal burning/itching due to low estrogen.  I don't want to use estrogen cream. Thanks!

Atrophic vaginitis: It's tough to find a topical substitute for Premarin (conjugated estrogens) or Estradiol cream for use on atrophic vaginitis. You could dry KY long lasting to improve overall moisture and intake of soy, which is a phytoestrogen may have a slight effect. Just make sure your gyn has ruled out lichen sclerosis and infection as the possible cause. Estradiol cream by the way is actually made from soy beans. ...Read more

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I get a migraine right before my period. I just got Estrogen cream (BIH). Should I take it only the day before my period? Will it alter bleeding?

I get a  migraine right before my period. I just got Estrogen cream (BIH). Should I take it only the day before my period? Will it alter bleeding?

Menstrual migraine: NSAID therapy may be effective when given the week before and the week during menses. NSAIDs may also be used when traveling or during those special functions that involve increased stress. See an orofacial pain or headache specialist for evaluation and professional management. ...Read more

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Estrogen Cream (Definition)

Estrogen cream is a vaginal agent which is a kind of women's ...Read more