What is Ovestin Cream?
Ovestin Cream is a form of HRT that contains the hormone estradiol, which is a type of estrogen. This HRT cream has been specifically designed to provide relief to menopausal women who suffer from symptoms of vaginal dryness or vaginal atrophy.
When women experience the menopause their ovaries stop releasing eggs, which causes the body to stop producing the same levels of oestrogen. This process can cause some women to experience a range of unpleasant symptoms including vaginal dryness.
Unlike other forms of HRT, Ovestin Cream is applied high up inside the vagina using a reusable applicator, where the cream mimics the levels of oestrogen that would normally be produced by the ovaries keeping the vagina hydrated and soothed.
Ovestin Cream is a great choice of HRT for menopausal women who experience vaginal dryness but who do not experience other symptoms of the menopause such as hot flushes that need to be controlled with treatment.
What is Ovestin Cream used for?
Ovestin Cream is used to treat vaginal dryness or vaginal atrophy in menopausal women caused by a drop in levels of oestrogen produced by the ovaries. Or to promote wound healing following vaginal surgery.
Symptoms of vaginal dryness:
- Soreness or itchiness in and around your vagina
- Pain, bleeding or discomfort during sex
- Needing to urinate more frequently
- Recurring urinary tract infections (UTI)
Vaginal dryness is a common complaint of women experiencing the menopause, however, some women will have a more severe experience than others, which can interfere with daily living.
If you are unsure if you are experiencing vaginal dryness or you are unsure of the cause you should speak to a doctor for advice.
How does Ovestin Cream work?
In the same way as other HRT, Ovestin Cream relieves unpleasant menopausal symptoms by restoring the levels of oestrogen that before the menopause would have been produced by the ovaries.
However, because Ovestin Cream is inserted directly into the vagina instead of being taken orally or absorbed through the skin it allows the oestrogen to be absorbed exactly where it is needed. Using topical HRT provides women with fast-acting relief but with less of the risks of experiencing unwanted side effects.
How long does Ovestin Cream take to work?
When women are initially prescribed Ovestin Cream for vaginal dryness, most commonly they will apply the treatment once a day for 2 - 3 weeks. Most women will see noticeable improvements to their condition within this time.
If you do not feel Ovestin Cream has offered you adequate relief by 4 weeks you should speak to a doctor for further advice.
Ovestin Cream and weight gain
There is no contemporary research that suggests that links the use of HRT to weight gain or weight loss, however, there have been reports by women that they have gained weight whilst using HRT.
The use of oestrogen-only HRT such as Ovestin Cream may cause some women to experience fluid retention which also may make women feel bloated. This normally improves within the first 3 months.
Ovestin Cream alternatives
Ovestin Cream is a topical or local HRT that is inserted directly into the vagina, as a cream to decrease vaginal dryness caused by the menopause. Vagifem is another form of topical oestrogen-only HRT used to combat vaginal dryness, which is available as either tablets or pessaries that are inserted into the vagina.
At The Independent Pharmacy, we also offer a range of over-the-counter, non-hormonal vaginal lubricants and moisturisers or other forms of HRT on prescription, including those taken orally and patches. For more information about available treatments, take a look at our Advice for Menopause (HRT) page.
If you are suffering from symptoms of the menopause you must discuss your treatment options with a doctor. They will be able to advise you on what is the best form of HRT to suit you.