Magazine article USA TODAY

Delivering Estrogen after Menopause

Magazine article USA TODAY

Delivering Estrogen after Menopause

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Physicians have a new means of providing relief to postmenopausal women experiencing vaginal discomfort. Estring, a soft, flexible ring for insertion into the vagina. releases a slow, continuous dose of estradiol, an estrogen produced by the ovaries, that lasts for 90 days. Estring is used for treating local symptoms associated with postmenopausal changes in the vagina and/or lower urinary tract. Symptoms of urogenital atrophy (UGA) include vaginal dryness, burning, itching, and painful intercourse, as well as urinary urgency and painful urination.

"Since UGA is clearly one of the most common side effects of menopause and estrogen deficiency, it is something that all women should be asked about and, if indicated, it should be treated," maintains Fran E. Kaiser, professor of internal medicine and associate director of the Division of Geriatric Medicine and director of the Menopause Clinic, Saint Louis (Mo.) University School of Medicine.

As many as half of the 40,000,000 postmenopausal women in the U. …

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