Estriol 0.01% topical cream

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Hi, I have had no periods since last August so am wondering now if this is it!… been to Dr today as apart from anxiety, night sweats, and brain fog, my main issue, which is definitely worsening is urgency and frequency of urination, and occasional pelvic floor ache after sex, and soreness/burning if not enough lubrication is used.

I kind of had to suggest the cream to my Dr as she was suggesting, bladder training and vesicare, I use vaginal cones pelvic floor, and tried vesicare but not happy as it can cause dry eyes, which I have problems with already! She did say she wasn't sure the cream could help with bladder, frequency, urgency.

I understand from what I have read the estriol when applied topically, doesn't carry risks associated with oral HRT. My questions are, has anyone had success using estriol for bladder frequency issues?

Just looking for reassurance that this cream might help, before I start using it later. Also those of you that use it, how long did it take to have an affect? And any side effects?

Thank you all   [smile]

 

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    Hi lisa 

    what age are you, sounds like peri menopause.

    i am age 50 and post menopause ..

    i also had irritable bladder in peri due to declining hormones, and vag dryness and urethra irritation.. 

    I was given ovestin 'estriol' for vaginal use.. I have vaginal ovules and cream for the outer bits.. Its just for vaginal use mine.

    it helps no end ..

    for the bladder sensitivity, sense of urgency etc mine was due to spasm and when this occurs i take an oxybutinon tablet and it goes away..

    jay x 

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      Hi Jay, I'm 50 and no periods since last August, the bladder issue has been there quite a few years, morning always worse, but got worse since periods have stopped all together.

      ​the estriol cream is just for vaginal application, recommended daily for two weeks then reduce to twice a week. So you found it helped with the bladder? How long did it take to notice an improvement?

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      Hi lisa 

      u sound same as me hun, i had bladder issues for years, but it got better, i use to be looking for a loo all the time, feeling urgent but it wasnt, thought i had a UTI and didnt .. Just declining hormones ..

      the ovestin Ovules i use ( estriol) i never used like they suggest, i use twice a week and only half of one, and the cream use on all the outer bits too, as skin thins and it does plump things up and relieve the discomfort.

      this is what my gyno said to do..

      some women even use it for face sparingly - lessen wrinkles.. 😳

      i been using since last September and i couldnt be without .

      i dont take normal HRT only this for that problem .. 

      And it helps.. At first it may feel abit only very slight ' abit nippy' but it stops then feels soothing, the bladder ( urethra ) also drys and thins so being a vaginal cream or ovule it prevents this below, but always rub alittle on the outer bits too.

      it seemed to feel soothing straight away for me..

      i used the cream only at first but preferred the ovules and the cream for what gyno said on outer bits ..

      jay x

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      Not sure we have the ovules in the UK, only vagifem and that's the estradiol, I would prefer to see if estriol works first, best go with inserting every night for first couple of weeks I guess,as Dr suggested, then will try once or twice a week.

      Concerned if I apply too much too often it will enter blood stream 

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      Hi again Jay,

      Must say even after the first two night if using Estriol, things feel better, and not getting quite such intense urgency, so feeling hopeful this is going to be very helpful for me. Just not sure on how long it's safe to use it for?

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      Hi lisa 

      well i been using since September last year..

      once you do the first couple of weeks of every night ( or what ever you where told to) then its just manintenance once or twice a week. ( depending on the sort your using) 

      it is suppose to totally reverse vaginal atrophy and make all good again.

      as i use the ovule version ( ovestinon estriol ovule) i actually split it in half so use half twice a week. And use the ovestinon cream twice a week on outer bits too.. 

      Glad its helping i wouldnt be without it ever 

      jay x

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      I think you have to really be a sufferer to comment on using estriol

      if women dont need or use it ( its personal choice ) then they aint suffering like me 😃

      i dont and cant take normal hrt ( via liver) so this is a god send for me.

      its down to quality of life and i need it ..

      its lack of estrogen that causes all this so a little estriol vaginally is what we need, at first i worried but not now ... Trust my Gyno and have all checked every year so closely monitiored ..

      jay x

       

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    Hi Lisajp

    I have had bladder issues with my menopause myself and I have also have had stomach issue to where I can't eat all the time. 

    Things will get better they will and what ever you do to do for your issues just read up on it. 

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      Thanks Susan the bladder issue is awful, and soreness too. Even having used the cream for the first time last night, I feel less uncomfortable already, I am hoping that once I've done the initial 2 weeks, and things continue to improve ( I hope!) that I can reduce the usage, I would like to have minimal use of it really, just for my paranoid mind! Although everything I've read and been to,d, is that estriol applied internally is only beneficial and carries minimal risk as it doesn't enter the blood stream.
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