Has your doctor recently diagnosed you with menopause? If so, it means your body is in a new stage of your life. Typically, this new start happens several years after you hit the age of 40. But it can happen much earlier in some cases.
There are three natural stages of menopause that you’ll go through: perimenopause, menopause, and postmenopause.
Perimenopause takes place several years before menopause. It happens when your ovaries start to make less estrogen, and eventually, it hits the menopause stage, where symptoms from the loss of estrogen are more prominent.
Gradually, through the process of menopause, your body will naturally stop being able to get pregnant or have periods.
While a normal part of life that should not be cause for concern, menopause and even your time after it during postmenopause, can cause unwanted vaginal symptoms. As you go through the condition, you might experience some of them, and they could include dryness, burning, irritation, and painful sexual intercourse.
To make your experience with menopause less irritating, your doctor may offer you a prescription for conjugated estrogens.
The medication is typically applied in the vagina to help deal with unwanted vaginal symptoms that come from menopause. It is a mixture of estrogen hormones concentrated in cream form. And it works by delivering estrogen directly to the source of your vaginal irritation. This treatment then allows your body to easily rebuild vaginal tissue.
Because of the placement for this medication, you should avoid taking conjugated estrogens if you have undiagnosed vaginal bleeding. The same applies to when you are dealing with liver disease, a bleeding disorder, or a planned major surgery.
You should be similarly cautious if you have ever previously experienced a heart attack, stroke, blood clot, or cancer of the breast, uterus/cervix, or vagina.
If you have any concerns about conjugated estrogens, talk to your doctor.