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Hormone Delivery - HRT - Vaginal RingsWhat do I need to know about vaginal hormone rings?

There are several different hormone delivery systems to choose from when hormone therapy is needed. Vaginal rings are one of the options you can choose. Vaginal rings can provide either systemic or localized treatment for bothersome menopause symptoms.

Your personal preferences and symptoms can have an impact on which of the options might work best for you. If you are looking for a choice that you don’t have to remember on a daily basis, then a vaginal hormone ring could be right for you.

Where do the hormones in vaginal rings come from?

The hormones in vaginal rings are bio-identical estradiol derived from soy or yams. Because the estradiol is bio-identical, it has the same molecular structure as the estradiol your ovaries produced.

What are the benefits of hormones in a vaginal ring form?

There are a couple different vaginal ring options. The Estring can provide localized estradiol that specifically treats vaginal issues. This choice can allow you to have localized estrogen for those vaginal concerns even when systemic estrogen may not be suitable for you.

Femring provides systemic estradiol for overall symptom relief. As the hormones do not have to first pass through the digestive system and be initially processed by the liver, this choice can allow you to use a lower dose then an oral option and this option may not stress your overall system as much.

Another one of the benefits of using a vaginal ring is that you don’t have to remember to use it on a daily basis. The rings can last for approximately three months, yet they can also be removed immediately if issues develop.

What are the disadvantages of using hormones in vaginal ring form?

Because there is only a low dose of hormones in the Estring and they are absorbed locally, this vaginal ring will primarily help with vaginal dryness, itching, and burning along with some urination irritation and frequency issues. The Estring will not provide overall symptom relief or address other health issues which can be caused by no or low estrogen.

Femring delivers estradiol acetate into the vaginal walls that must connect with an enzyme in the bloodstream before it is converted to usable estradiol. As a result, it does not offer localized symptom relief for vaginal issues even though it is used vaginally.

There is a rare risk of developing a bacterial infection when using a vaginal ring.

What's best for me?

Depending on your symptoms, a vaginal ring may be an ideal choice for you. You and your physician can discuss your specific symptoms, overall health, and lifestyle preferences to determine if one of the vaginal rings would be right for you.

This content was written by staff of HysterSisters.com by non-medical professionals based on discussions, resources and input from other patients for the purpose of patient-to-patient support.

10-21-2014 - 04:20 PM


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