Drug Ratings for ESTRING

Average Rating: 3.4 (140 Ratings)

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 5  For atrophy, dryness and pain I have great success withestring it has helped with all problems and syptoms that I had. Even helped with menapusal issues! F 54 4 years
2mg
8/19/2014

 3  Vaginal atrophy short (40 mins.) but intense headache with intercourse, won't stay in place. I had a total hysterectomy many years ago and have been on HRT for years. I still have vaginal atrophy with dryness, painful intercourse, tearing & bleeding with penetration despite using LOTS of lubricant, multiple trips to doctor thinking I had another infection to find out it was just dryness causing the pain, itching, burning. Estring definitely took care of the dryness, itching and burning but the darn thing won't stay in place! I was constantly having to put it back up higher. I checked it before leaving the gym locker room, started walking slowly on the treadmill to warm up and the darn thing slips out 4 mins. into my walk! Had it fall out in the toilet when I was not even trying to have a bowel movement. The idea of washing it off with warm soap and water and reinserting it after that makes my skin crawl! I am a medical professional and the idea of putting that ring back in after it is contaminated that way gives me the willies! I'm going to try Vagifem or Osphena. I have tried to use Estrace but it is messy and I definitely do not like that the tube comes with only one applicator that you have to reuse each time. I guess after using it enough, you could save enough applicators to use a "clean" one each time but it will take a LONG time to save up that many applicators. Why can't they package it in a single dose disposable applicator or a suppository like Monistat is packaged? F 58 30 days
2mg 1X D
7/8/2014
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 3  Vaginal atrophy Haven't bought this yet because I'm wondering about the taste - new relationship with male friend who is excellent with his tongue. He is also very well endowed (originally thought that was the problem) is he going to feel it ? Do I take it out first ? Haven't had sex for about 12 years so I'd like something to work besides stopping before insertion and using lube. F 61 0 days
2mg 1X D
7/1/2014
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 5  Vaginal atrophy Very minor side effects. Minor discomfort at insertion that completely dissipated after a day. Slight increase in hot flashes, but bearable. Was originally using Estrace vaginal cream, but did not like the 'gooey' feeling. Planned on trying Osphena but insurance would not cover-very expensive out if pocket. Asked GYN for ring - very satisfied. Had TAH 3 years ago and suffered with painful intercourse. Dry, burning, bleeding!!! As for inserting the ring, I used the applicator included with the vaginal cream. I inserted the ring, and used the applicator to carefully push it up further. Ring cannot be pushed too far, so no worries. Just follow directions for removal - very simple. F 46 1 months
6/13/2014

 3  Severe Vaginal Atrophy Bloating, BAD CRAMPING, discomfort, always felt it and it wasn't a "good" felt it! I LOVE LOVE LOVE the effects not the SIDE effects of this medication! For the FIRST time in 40, (yes you read that right... I had a TAH at age 20 due to severe endo) I was able to have enjoyable intercourse. No tearing, burning, dry as the sahara, feeling like "just get it over so I can go cry in the bathroom", and put cold compresses on afterwards!I loved the full, thick, cushy feeling in my vagina. BUT, I had to remove it last night due to the severe cramping and overall pain and discomfort, I felt it constantly, like a dull ache and sitting was very uncomfortable. :( I probably should have taken it out sooner, but... I ALMOST would put up with the pain for the benefits and today am really conflicted except already the cramping is gone! I wonder if it was not seated high enough, wonder if I just didn't wait long enough to adjust, wonder, wonder, wonder. I will go to gyn and have her check the placement, fit and talk about how long the discomfort lasts or whether I would EVER adjust. Please email me if you can share a common concern/experience, as I am rally conflicted! F 61 9 days
1X D
6/10/2014
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 5  constant UTIs - this was the fix so far some slight (but disturbing )dizziness that has since gone (still keeping an eye on any recurrence) but other than that, it's been my salvation. no pain, no other side effects (that I can attribute to the ring) -- only a blessing and relief suffered from constant UTIs for nearly 3 years - was being treated by a urologist with only antibiotics and drastic diet limitations -- no help -- finally asked her about estrogen to treat vaginal dryness. She prescribed some cream, and shortly afterward (within a month) I went to a gynocologist who agreed with me that it would help get rid of the UTIs and she suggested I switch to Estring -- which I did after a couple more months of testing out the cream. It's been fabulous. I will be seeing the gyno again soon to check on my hormone levels and to be sure that there are no severe effects that I may not be aware of -- she uses it herself, which was another reason I thought I'd give it a try. So convenient and I haven't taken an antibiotic for months, and haven't had a UTI since I first started on the vaginal hormone use. 8 months
2 1X D
6/7/2014

 5  vaginal atrophy, tearing with sex. Absolutely none. This is LOCAL estrogen ladies. Very little if any is systemically absorbed. I wonder if many side effects stated here are "suggested" in nature due to product insert of possible SE. I still need a patch for hot flashes, bone support, etc. V.A. is gone with this wonderful product! F 59 1 months
2mg
5/30/2014
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 1  62 year old...painful intercoursue Pain in hips...difficult trying to stand and painful to walk...yeast infection...pulled that ring out when I read others had similar problems. F 62 10 days
4/20/2014
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 3  post menopausal vaginal atrophy weight gain, yeast infection and Thrush Noticed weight gain, while on new exercise and eating program-can't imagine how much I would have gained if not working out! Also, very dry mouth, even though I drink lots of water, and now Thrush (never had it before and never prone to yeast infections). Hope my body learns to tolerate this though, the burning and dryness are clearing up nicely. F 53 3 weeks
2mg 1X D
3/14/2014
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 4  Vaginal dryness / atrophy Weight gain, a little breast tenderness, some headache This is my 3rd three month estring. I have been happy with some increase in vaginal moisture and less atrophy. Still have some pain with intercourse, still a little bleeding. The 2nd month of the 2nd ring I started having a lot of hot flashes, which had largely disappeared during the 1st ring. They disappeared with the 3rd ring. I am hungry all the time and have gained an uncomfortable amount of weight. F 56 7 months
2 MG 1X D
3/1/2014
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 5  vaginal dryness, painful sex This totally cure my vaginal dryness. I was almost to the point where I couldn't have sex. Now I can have sex and there is no more painful stinging afterward. I have not noticed any negative side effects. I have not had problems putting it in or taking it out. I can't feel it at all. Sometimes it's a little bit hard to reach but not too hard. I take it out for sex because otherwise we can feel it. I am so grateful for this! I went into menopause early and this has really helped me get back to normal. F 180 days
1X D
1/23/2014

 1  To relieve urinary urgency Felt faint, very bloated, loss of appetite, excessive burping, depressed, anxious. Symptoms went away after removal of ring. Indeed using the ring did help with relieving the urge to urinate often, but the side effects were horrendous. Thank you to this blog, after researching the negative side effects & individuals' experiences did we realize the symptoms were a result of this drug. F 87 2 months
2mg 1X D
1/22/2014

 1  Hormone Replacement Slight discomfort that increased over two months to a dull ache. Chemical smell that did not decrease over time. Did not really work as I had hoped. Did not help produce enough lubrication. F 54 75 days
1X D
1/7/2014

 3  SEVERE vaginal atrophy At first, i thought this was a blessing, now i'm thinking it might be Satan's cousin. It gave me a renewed vagina but ive now got sore breasts, abdominal cramping just like i used to have with my periods, and it is EVERY day. My symptoms get worse starting 2 months in to my ring, & my insurance only will pay for 90 days. Ive 9 days to go & my hot flashes and my mood is explosive. Then in 15 days, I'll be ok for about 49 days. Im ready to get off the roller coaster, otherwise, i need to buy stock in Advil! F 55 1 years
4mg
1/4/2014
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 1  vaginal atrophy, lubrication, Daily splitting headaches, crying jags/depression, hair loss, weight gain Stupidly, I tried to excuse the side effects because it did work for vaginal atrophy and lubrication. Finally, my intuition told me in no uncertain terms to pull it out. My husband had to do it. I can't believe my gyno did not educate me about side effects although I should have done the research. I was too desperate for a cure. Interestingly, I have not had any of these problems with Viville dot patch. All I can think of is that vaginal delivery is much more potent. F 58 3 months
1X D
12/13/2013

 1  atrophy bad bladder cramps, bowel cramps, bloated feeling. I have a very shortened vagina due to trama then hysterectomy. So the ring does not position correctly. Anyone with a similar problem, shortened vaginal area, may have issues with this product. Hair loss has started after only 3 weeks. Swelling of legs and sore veins as well. BP is up significantly. NOT COMFORTABLE. I am also allergic to sulfa products and the ring may be not the best for those with that kind of allergy. F 65 3 weeks
2mg 1X O
12/4/2013
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 1  vaginal dryness very hard to insert. caused instant cramps. can feel it and IT HURTS! F 60 1 days
1X D
10/30/2013
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 1  Dryness since menopause Standing and laying down we're ok, but sitting was like ...there was a Popsicle stick stuck up my butt ! Uncomfortable. Got a bad case of the chills, nausea and cramps. But the worst was the dark yellowish foul discharge, requiring me to wear a lite day after many years! Ewwwwww. I decided To pull it out,which hurt... But I feel much better after doing it. The lower back pain and the PMS. Was a real joy ! There must be other options It was the worst foul smell after I pulled it out... I can only imagine how awful it would be after 3 months. ,! F 59 5 days
2mg 1X D
10/29/2013

 2  Hormone Replacement Severe lower abdominal pain and cramping. Weight gain. At first, I was okay with it. Then in the last week, I have really bad pains in my abdomen, and major cramping. I think it might be affecting my endometriosis. F 51 4 weeks
1X D
10/21/2013
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 1  Dryness and painful intercourse It was brutally uncomfortable. The doctor inserted it so I know it was inserted correctly. Standing and lying down were ok but sitting was terrible. After eight hours I couldn't take it anymore. My husband had to pull it out and couldn't believe how far up he had to go to reach it. It hurt terribly when he was pulling it down. Ring is large and circular - I am small and narrow. Bad combo. They should make much smaller. F 47 1 days
9/21/2013

 4  Vaginal dryness Loved it. Cured dryness, went in pretty easily (a little tricky), Never felt it, partner didn't feel it, Love the fact i only had to insert it once every three months. The only problem was I had a lot of difficulty getting it out. I just couldn't reach it with my fingers and my partner had to pull it out for me (and he could barely reach it), When I talked to my ob-gyn about this she said I had an exceptionally Long vagina and that was probably the problem. She hadn't had other patients with this issue. If they only had a way to Get it out in my situation, it would be perfect!!!!! F 62 10 years
2 mg 1X O
9/15/2013

 1  vaginal dryness Just diagnosed with breast cancer. No history of breast cancer in family. THINK twice before you use this. It is not worth it! Just use a lubricant. I was told this was safe BUT in fine fine print it says 'may cause breast cancer'. Thanks for nothing. We need to spread the word about the DANGERS of this product! F 62 2 years
2 mg 1X O
7/31/2013
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 3  Vagina dry intestial cytstics Just started taking it its been 2 nights not sleeping and feel bloated and abdoniinal pain don't know what to do should I continue or not another question should you take progestrone with it because I still have my uterus F 54 2 days
7/26/2013
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 1  vaginal drynes weight gain and hot flashes.Husband could`nt feel it. On 2/28/13 I went for my yearly mammogram. Witin two days I was notified that I needed to have another mammogram and an ultra sound. I had both done and within a couple of days I was told that I needed a biopsy on my left breast. Had test done and found out that I had stage two breast cancer and it was also in my lymph nod. There is no history of breast cancer in my family and the only change I had was the E=string. I read the pamplet that came with it and in very small print it said that it could cause breast cancer. If I had known I would have never used it. F 55 8 months
1X D
7/17/2013
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 2  frequent uti, vaginal dryness some weight gain, hot flashes increased The estring helped with dryness and any atrophy going on but the reason why I was put on the estring to begin with was for recurring uti's. I had alot of hope until after 7 months I got a full blown uti. Now I'm back on antibiotics and have discontinued use of the estring. Before I started the estring, I took probiotics and was able to go longer without a uti. I'm going back to my probiotics. I'll use the estrace cream if I need it. F 55 6 months
10mg 1X D
7/4/2013

 5  Vaginal dryness, urinary urgency Takes a few days for effects to kick in. Slight discomfort the first day or two when I put in new ring, but goes away. Results have been great overall. These positive effects only last about two months. Then I start to feel the urinary urgency again and I get weepy and depressed. Changed the first one at 2 months 2 weeks. My current ring is at the 10 week point and I can feel the effects wearing off. So I only get about 70 days instead of 90. F 62 5 months
2mg 1X O
7/2/2013

 1  Irritating Vaginal Discharge Weight Gain, Hair Loss and NIGHTMARES I don't know why my doctor prescribed it. I was the REVERSE of being dry--copius, irritating discharge. I had been post menopausal for 8 years, then all of sudden--this discharge. So, I tried the ring and IT DID NOTHING FOR THE DISCHARGE, but I experienced severe Hair Loss, Weight Gain and NIGHTMARES. I am discontinuing its use. F 56 3 months
1X D
3/24/2013
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 1  Yes Estrogen absorbed into my bloodstream causing high billi rubin count. The reading indicates the medicine is being filtered through the liver. Because this side effect didn't show up in studies, my endocronologist thought it was due to my thyroid medicine and prescribed thyroid removal. After careful evaluation of my blood work a second doctor realised estring was the culprit. Blood work showed my estrogen levels were sky high as were billi rubins. I reported side effect to manufacturer and stopped estring. Billi rubins back to normal. Had my blood not been monitored for Graves estring could have caused serious problems down the road. Aside from potential liver damage I had no other side effects. I wish they made a lower dose ring my body cold tolerate. I loved the ease of the estring. F 50 6 months
1X O
2/10/2013

 3  Vaginal dryness, thinning walls No side effects from Estring that I'm aware of. The walls of my vagina are stronger now, and I am less dry, so sex is less painful. My libido is very low, however, it has not helped with that at all. This medicine is expensive, and now my drug insurance wants me to switch to something else or pay a higher percentage of the price myself. The cream was too much trouble so I didn't use it; the ring is the way to go. I don't find it difficult to insert or remove; just lay down on the bed, reach in and grab it with my middle finger and pull it out. F 58 2 years
2MG 1X O
1/29/2013

 4  vaginal atrophy, painful sex/pap I still have hot flashes that come up over me suddenly, and of course happen at the worst times. While I am relieved of the dry tenderness of my vulva and vaginal walls, I seem to have lost my libido, which is seriously troubling! I wasn't able to have a pap smear easily for the last few years before using this insert. I hadn't been in a relationship and/or having sex before, so that wasn't an issue, but then I met someone. When we got close enough for me to share intimate details and then have sex, I was relieved to not have any issues with pain or tearing. I am concerned about not feeling sexual and/or having an orgasm, which was previously not something that bothered me, but maybe that will level out in time with usage and with the relationship. The cost of using this is outrageous too! F 55 6 months
1 1X AN
12/23/2012
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 5  vaginal dryness, UTIs Slight itching and burning only for first few days. Estring has been a good solution for me. Symptoms have cleared; I am now well-lubricated and have not had even a hint of a UTI since I inserted the first ring. I previously used Estrace cream, but I hated the inconvenience and it didn't seem to help the symptoms as much as Estring does. I have zero problems inserting or removing Estring. My fiance says he "might be able to feel it during intercourse" but it doesn't bother him. I can't feel it at all, any time. I don't even know it is there; I had to put it on my calendar or I would never remember to change it every three months. As a bonus, it seems to have helped my hot flashes and night sweats somewhat. F 58 4 months
7.5 mcg 1X D
10/6/2012

 4  Dryness and discomfort during inter Discomfort for 1st few days, pressure and bloating. Fine after that and has helped. Removal was difficult. I thought I was going to have to go into the dr. To have it removed. The trick is to prop leg up, lubricate finger, push or contract at the same time you insert your finger to get the ring to move down. Got it the first time using this technique... F 42 3 months
1X D
9/16/2012

 4  Vaginal dryness, tearing, burning, ODOR!!!......I have never experienced odor like this, it is constant and awful! My husband notices it too. Hair loss, weight gain, bloating. I feel like I am in my 20's again with great lubrication......not sure I can continue with these side effects though. It took pain away, much better lubrication, that Estrace cream couldn't give me. I still apply a little Estrace externally to vulva, t/o the week. Stuck on what to do.......... F 39 6 months
7/31/2012
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 2  vaginal dryness Weight gain. I weighed 124 lbs and two months later 127 lbs. All my pants are tight and my stomach is bloated. I pulled it out only with the help of my husband and it hurt! It is not worth the weight gain for me. F 56 2 months
2mg 1X D
7/26/2012
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 3  Vaginal dryness, pain during sex No physical side effects; depression It really did the trick in terms of creating vaginal lubrication and elasticity. It went in easily, I couldn't feel it, all was good. I have taken an anti-depressant for about 3 years, and after about 2 weeks of using Estring, I had all the old, miserable depression symptoms again. I can't find any reference to Estring counteracting anti-depressant medication- anyone know anything about that? I removed the ring and the symptoms went away. I'm disappointed I have to choose between painless sex or sanity, but I'm going with sanity! F 61 5 weeks
2 mg 1X D
7/12/2012

 2  Vaginal dryness and incontinence Seemed to help dryness at first but then my reasons for using it seemed to worsen. Discontinued use about 2 weeks ago. Incontinence improved but still having HOT FLASHES like I have never experienced. Has anyone else had them after using the ring? F 65 2 months
7/1/2012
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 5  Vaginal dryness,atrophy, It was hard to insert the first time. Very uncomfortable for several weeks. I Love the estring! At first i just thought it wasnt going to work for me because it was uncomfortable and I always felt it. After about a month of wearing it constantly; I got used to it. All my symptoms have disappeared! No more dryness, even my bladder symptoms hace dissapeared! I have even started squirting when I have sex!! That never happened before! I love this ring, It has made such a difference for me!!! F 43 7 months
2mg 1X D
5/6/2012
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 4  Vaginal Atrophy Discomfort, abdominal cramps, Vaginal Swelling I am 54 and have used Estrace Cream for last 4 years. Was tired of having to insert an applicator full every other night and wearing a panty liner the next day. Also the cream didn't provide a uniform result and I always still burned after intercourse. My Dr. suggested I try the Estring for 3 months and see what I thought. Have been using Estring for 8 weeks & just love the results I'm getting. My Vagina feels normal again and doesn't hurt during intercourse or burn afterwards. However, there are down sides to this drug. My husband can feel it and it is not comfortable for me either- so now I take it out before sex. Another thing is It never feels like it is inserted properly even though I insert it into the vagina as far as I can, by the end of each week I am swollen inside and uncomfortable with it riding so low in the vagina and my side aches (I do push it back up throughout the week) So, for the last two weeks I have been removing the ring on Friday night and reinserting it back on Sunday night before I go to bed. This gives me a break over the weekend. By Monday Morning I'm back to normal & I usually don't feel the the discomfort from the ring again until about thursday afternoon. This seems to be the only way I can use this drug. I will finish out my 3 months, then take a month or so using the cream again, then back to the ring for another 3 months. I would recommend Estring. The results are awesome just the discomfort that's not. F 54 8 weeks
1X O
4/21/2012

 5  dryness, painful intercourse NO side effects. The dryness was resolved after 2 weeks. Intercourse became enjoyable once again. AND, I no longer get up during the nite to urinate. This is wonderful. I inserted it expecting to experience NO unpleasant side effects and that's what I got...NO UNPLEASANT SIDE EFFECTS. It has been the answer to a once again happy sex life as a sixty six yr. old. F 66 3 months
2 mg 1X O
3/31/2012
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 3  vaginal dryness I am a whimp.. Thank you all for writitng your comments, this has really helped.. I feel foggy, have leg pains..hmm wondering if it was this.. and now all my jeans are tight.. We havent even had sex yet,but I am giving it up. And getting it out! I laughed with the woman who had her husband do it,I was almost there getting very frustrated.This sounds like it gave many women their sex life back.. I wish it did the same for libido! I have really stopped for the side effects, and we just dont seem to be taking advantage of it, so I just dont want to continue. F 55 4 weeks
30mg 1X D
3/21/2012

 1  extreme vaginal dryness weight gain that may be due to Estring or to new antidepressant, loose bowels, itching, discomfort This ring has done nothing for me -- vaginal dryness is no better. The ring makes it difficult to have a bowel movement because any straining brings the ring down into a very uncomfortable place. When the ring moves downward, it causes extreme itching. I am seeing the gynecologist to see what other options there are. F 57 7 weeks
30 mg 1X D
3/19/2012

 5  Vaginal dryness, painful sex. I'm suspecting it's causing anxious emotional states-crying and tension towards the end of the 90 days. Due to my suspicions of anxious emotional states towards the end of the 90 days, I will shorten the use of the second ring to see if I feel better. The dryness and painful sex have disappeared. The comments regards removal of the ring could not be more true!! have just spent approx. 30 mins trying to remove it for a fresh one but have given up! Think I'll make an appointment for a nurse @ the surgery tomorrow!! F 60 90 days
2mg 1X O
3/12/2012
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 5  Vaginal Dryness and Urinary Urgency None At first I was reluctant that this ring could help my severe symptoms, but within a week the vaginal dryness and urinary urgency were gone. It gave me my life back! Be patient with it the first two days as it takes a couple of days for the body to become used to the feeling and then I didn't notice it was there. I personally like to remove it once every week just to rinse the ring off with lukewarm water and reinsert directly after and I remove while having sexual intercourse as it tends to get in the way and then I reinsert afterwards. I will use this indefinitely as long as it is working for me. I recently placed a new second ring as the first lasted me only about 80 days before I began noticing vaginal dryness and urinary urgency that brought me to the ring. FYI, stress will make the body use Estrogen at a more rapid rate. F 42 90 days
2mg 1X D
3/9/2012
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 4  dryness and hot flashes After 2 years post menapausal(50yrs old) I started the estring. I have used it for 5 months and my period just returned. My doctor never got back to me so I dont know if I should worry about it or stop using it F 50 5 days
2mg 1X D
3/4/2012
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 4  vaginal atrophy prior to estrogen replacement I experienced severe vaginal atrophy and painful sexual intercourse. I tried transvaginal cream but found it messy and inconvient. I hated it and wouldn't use it as frequently as I should bringing my issues back The first day I put the estring in it was VERY UNCOMFORTABLE. I thought for sure it was not inserted correctly. I did multiple internet searches to see other peoples experiences and that is why I am writing this. I am a 41 year old post surgical menopausal woman since the age of 28. The first day I used the estring it felt like it was going to come out and it almost felt like I was on the verge of bad cramps. I was just so uncomfortable and didn't think I could use the device. I took it out and inserted it again several times thinking it wasn't high enough. By day 2 I could feel it but it wasn't uncomfortalbe anymore. By day 3 my body had totally adjusted and I can't even tell it is there. So I just wanted to let other women know that it does get better-just give it a few days. I have not tried to have sex with it yet since it's not been long enough but I can't imagine I will be able to with the device in. Because of my hysterectomy I do not have a cervix and think my vaginal canal is probably shorter which along with the atrophy contributed to my first day of pain. F 41 4 days
2mg 1X O
2/12/2012
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 3  Vaginal atrophy, urine loss First 3 months relief of atrophy and of frequent urge to urinate. Taking the ring out was difficult and slightly painful. Fourth month bloating, abdominal cramping, dark discharge and weight gain. Helped in the beginning, disappointed it didn't continue to work without the annoying side effects. Took it out after 4.5 months. F 56 4 months
1/15/2012

 5  vaginal atrophy Suffered from painful intercourse, vaginal atrophy and hotflashes. All vanished with first use. After a year or so, I got a whopper yeast infection so I took the Estring out and threw it away...Dryness was back with a vengeance within a week or two and hotflashes were back. My refill wasn't due for 8 more weeks, so I suffered through rather than pay out of pocket. Sex was terribly painful and I worried it would remain that way. Not so--within a week of the new Estring lubrication was back and within two weeks all vaginal dryness and painful intercourse was gone within a couple of months, the hotflashes faded too. MD said I didn't need to take it out for the yeast infection--I'll take her advice if I get another one. I've had some of the side effects/symptoms described: weight gain, cramping, sore breasts, joint pain, but don't attribute them to the Estring. While I was off, I didn't notice a big change, but wasn't looking for it either. So far no hair loss, but that would be a tough trade off if it happens. F 51 1.5 years
1X O
12/1/2011
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 3  vaginal dryness Hair loss after two months. I loved the initial results. The vaginal dryness went away and sex was no longer painful, but the hair loss just started and coming out like crazy. I removed the ring and hoping hair will grow back. I am post menopausal so disappointed about this side effect. F 67 2 months
2 mg 1X O
8/23/2011
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 4  vaginal atrophy and painful intercourse Occasional abdominal cramping I went into menopause at age 43 - for the next 10 years was off/on hormone replacement tx. I am 60 now and have been using Estring for about 3 years. It is great, but sometimes it actually seems to fold in half after intercourse, and removal is very difficult. However, the crochet hook did the trick - a VERY large one with rounded edges. Periodically I take a brief holiday just to see how my body feels - it takes about two weeks for me to notice the symptoms that brought me to Estring to begin with. Much better than creams, in my opinion; when I was using those I seemed to have frequent UTIs. F 60 3 years
1 1X D
8/16/2011

 5  Bleeding during sex, dry vagina possible weight gain, possible insomnia I am 54 years old and for the past year had NO sex drive, mainly because of dryness, tearing, and bleeding during sex. My gyno recommended the Estring and my life HAS BEEN CHANGED! I am lubricated again, am able to have orgasms, and am totally ENJOYING sex for the first time in a long time. My husband has no complaints, says he cannot even feel the ring, and it does not interfere with oral sex at all. I am just concerned that after 5 months I am beginning to gain weight because of it. I also wake up at about 4:30 almost every morning and cannot go back to sleep - this just started in the past month or so. Nothing is different in my life except the Estring, so I am worried that the Estring is causing the side effects. It has improved my sex & love life so much, though, that I can't even conceive of taking it out! :( F 54 5 months
1X O
6/8/2011

 5  vaginal atrophy, u. infections I was an "early adapter" of the ring after pills had bad side effects. I was having recurrent urinary and yeast infections and vaginal atrophy. This was a life saver, restoring me to health. At age 66, the ring no longer provides all the estrogen I need, so I am using cream also. But for many years, this was sufficient. I never had side effects. Tho I am a real ninny, I have found it easy to insert and remove, if I did not leave it in more than 3 mos. The middle finger makes a good soft hook providing you do not have long nails. A little lubricant helps if the ring seems stuck. Be sure the ring goes as far up as you can push it; it will find a comfortable spot above the cervix. F 66 14 years
1 ring 1X O
5/25/2011

 2  vaginal dryness, painful sex abdominal cramping, pressure on bowels, low back pain, feeling of uncomfortable fullness in pelvis Maybe it's too soon to draw any conclusions. I've had the ring in 4 days and am hoping the side effects I described will disappear. If they don't, I will take it out. I'd rather use the cream or a tablet. I'm not sure how long to wait, but will be talking to my gyn in a few days. F 52 4 days
2mg 1X O
4/22/2011
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 3  Vaginal dryness and interstitial cy No side effects for 7 years. Suddenly with a new ring, abdominal pain, cramping,changes in bowel habits. Extensive tests including a CT scan revealed nothing. Drs were baffled. I removed the ring and all symptoms disappeared. Inserted again, more symptoms. Have done this four times. It is incomprehensible to me that doctors (several of them) claimed that my symptoms could not have been caused by the estring. It was only after going online and reading these comments that my own suspicions were confirmed. As a breast cancer survivor, I do not have any other choice. So at the moment I am trying to endure. Not sure what is worse, the dryness and IC complications or the side effects from the estring F 58 7 years
1X D
4/21/2011

 5  Complete hysterectomy. Vaginal dryn Just have a question. I am starting a new relationship. Was wondering about oral sex....does est-ring have a taste or odor? I definitely have better lubrication. F 56 3 years
30 mg 1X O
4/20/2011
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 4  vaginal atrophy, frequent UTI episodes of hypoglycemia I was prescribed the Estring for vaginal atrophy and recurrant UTI's. It worked great for the UTI's. I had the ring in for 90 days and then replaced it. After having it in for another week I started experiencing episodes of hypoglycemia and was hospitalized. I didn't know wheter it was related to the ring or not but I decided to remove it and had it out for about 2months, the hypoglycemic episodes stopped (they couldn't find any medical reason for them) and the UTI's started back again so I reinserted a new ring with in 2&1/2 weeks my blood sugar started dropping again. So once again I removed the ring and have an appointment with the Endocrinologist. Has anyone else had this happen to them? F 58 90 days
2MG 1X D
4/5/2011
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 5  vaginal atrophy, dryness, pain Vaginal dryness, burning, pain, recurrent UTI's requiring low dose antibiotics. Intially I had difficulty inserting the ring in the proper position and could feel the ring. After a couple of days this was resolved. Now months later my symptoms are totally gone, no UTI's in 6 months and off antibiotics. Sex life is active and very enjoyable again. F 59 6 months
2mg 1X M
2/26/2011

 5  hot flashes, dryness It helped hot flashes and skin dryness and appearance right away. I enjoyed the dramatic improvements. I started the ring in Jan 2010. In June,2010 I was diagnosed with Colon Cancer. My cancer was removed in Nov and I was back on Estring after mamogram is cleared in Dec 2010. I don't know if the cancer is related to the Estring. I have not read any case related these two together. But I think it's worth to mention just in case someone else has the same experience. F 54 9 months
2mg 1X O
1/21/2011
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 5  dry vagina, painful sex discharge and slight odor The best Estradiol that I have had since stopping Estrace and provera. It works just on the vagina and made sex comfortable and not painful. I really recommend this for women who are older and have dry vaginas with painful sex. F 71 1 years
2 MG 1X O
1/12/2011
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 5  extreme vaginal atrophy, burning Slight breast tenderness, otherwise no side effects. Had burning and itching to the point where I thought I had either a yeast or UTI, but GYN told me it was from lack of estrogen. Tried cream, which was messy; pills and patches which seemed like overkill and didn't deliver to the correct symptoms. Very difficult to remove! I came to this site to see if anyone had suggestions about removal other than having to go in every 90 days for re-insertion by health professional. F 54 6 months
1 ring 1X O
12/8/2010

 4  Vaginal dryness and pain Initial discomfort on insertion and trouble getting the ring in the proper placement. Mild cramping that stoppped in 24 hours. Gliding of the ring with straining that requires occasional repositioning. At times I can feel the ring when running or cycling. My husband can not feel the ring. I have not experienced any side effects of weigh gain, hair loss or depression as mentioned by others. Significant improvement in overall vaginal dryness, pain intercourse has disappeared. Occasional itching and burning at vagina opening, easily treated with OTC meds. F 57 1 months
2mg 1X D
11/28/2010
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