It usually causes confusion – but I’m here to tell you that at least for vaginal estrogen, we can clear up confusion with just a little bit of education. Pelvic hormone therapy is a wonderful option for most women!
Contrary to what the pamphlet tells you, vaginal estrogen is not dangerous or harmful. Other countries understand this. It’s over the counter in the United Kingdom and Norway! If you don’t have a physician or prescriber available to you, see below or use THIS CODE for an online consultation.
Think about it this way: do you wait until your skin is cracked and dry before applying lotion? I bet you don’t. So why wait until you experience symptoms of GSM (genitourinary syndrome of menopause) to start using vaginal estrogen?
People may present with some or all of the signs and symptoms. GSM is very common (up to 50-80% of women post menopause can experience these symptoms) and most don’t know these symptoms can be as a result of low estrogen “because menopause was years ago”. But you never STOP having low estrogen levels, and the symptoms can progress with time past your last period. GSM can really start to be noticeable 5-10 years AFTER the onset of menopause, which in America the average age is 51.
Even women with a history of breast cancer can use vaginal estrogen products but I always instruct them to clear it with their oncologist as each person is unique in their own history, especially if you are on an aromatase inhibitor.
Remember: Many of the warnings on the box of vaginal estrogen products are wrong and don’t apply to this low dose version of estrogen. Vaginal estrogen is incredibly safe. The American College of Gynecologists (ACOG) has been trying to remove the warnings for years as the warnings needlessly scare many women off of the products.
No one should pay more than $100 for their vaginal estrogen and there are many ways to pay less than that. These days, paying cash rather than using insurance is often cheaper.
Here are a few other ways you can try to get the cost of your vaginal estrogen down: