An off-white, soft flexible ring, the estradiol vaginal ring contains two mg of estradiol (a form of estrogen) at its center.
The hormone estradiol is a female sex hormone that is necessary for a number of bodily processes. And some of those processes include helping the vagina rebuild its walls more effectively.
Unfortunately, when menopause occurs, some women’s bodies can’t rebuild vaginal walls as effectively. When that happens, women can end up experiencing some unwanted side effects from menopause. These side effects are usually in or around the vaginal area. They can include dryness, burning, and itching around the vaginal area. Other side effects might be urgency or irritation with urination and pain during sexual intercourse.
So, to help you avoid some of the moderate or severe side effects, your doctor may offer you a prescription for an estradiol vaginal ring.
The estradiol vaginal ring should treat any of the previously mentioned side effects. But before you turn to use this medication, make sure you talk to your doctor thoroughly about any past and current conditions of yours.
You should not use the estradiol vaginal ring if you are currently dealing with the following: pregnancy, undiagnosed vaginal bleeding, liver disease, a bleeding disorder, or a planned major surgery.
Other conditions you may have had previously might also make you ineligible for an estradiol vaginal ring. These conditions include heart attacks, strokes, blood clots, and cancer of the breast, uterus/cervix, or vagina. Additionally, they may also include heart disease, liver problems, kidney disease, gallbladder disease, asthma, epilepsy, migraines, lupus, endometriosis, hereditary angioedema, porphyria, a thyroid disorder, or high or low levels of calcium in your blood.