Treatment for atrophic vaginitis to do or not to do?

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Hi to everyone.

I'm new to this site, and I would like to hear sound opinions on what my question please.

I was with my doctor last week and after examination I was told that I have atrophic vaginitis. I am not symptomatic except for a tiny bit of spotting now and then. I was prescribed Estradiol (a medicine called Vagifem). I was quite happy to use this until I read the insert, it mentions that there is a slight increased risk of ovarian cancer. I saw my young sister suffer and die of ovarian cancer and I am obviously worried that I might be putting myself at more risk if using this product. I am very reluctant to use these tablets. I am not concerned about my vagina being atrophied, I went to the doctor to get myself checked in case I needed to go for further exams. So my question is: to use this Estradiol or not to use it?

Has anyone any experience with this product? Is there a doctor that can help me out here?

Many thanks.

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    I think in this situation you have to go with your gut. There are more natural therapies out there, and perhaps talking with a naturalpath doctor that has experience in womens health would be a great way to start. I am so sorry to hear about your sister, I can totally understand and relate when this type of disease runs in families you want to avoid anything that might trigger it or pit you at an even higher risk.

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    I use the equivalent to Vagifem, I use estrace cream. These are both weak forms and are low risk. Women who've had cancer have been known to use these. Very little gets in your blood stream. Oral hormones are a bigger risk. Breast cancer runs in my family..

    AV only gets worse, not better. I have a multitude of issues associated with it, dryness, pH issues which cause yeast/bacterial infections, major bladder issues plus bladder prolapse.

    I'm not sure how your doc prescribed it, but after the initial schedule you should be able to knock it down to once or twice a week.. it's great you're not symptomatic!

    Obviously you have to do what you're comfortable with though. There are other treatments, but Im extremely happy with estrace cream..

    Good Luck!

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      Thank you very much Gigi368 for your reply to my question. I am happy that the treatment is working for you. Your reply was very informative and I am taking note of what you tell me too. Thanks again, at the moment I am still undecided.

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    Thank you very much for replying to my question dear Takeyourtime, that is very helpful and you are right going with my gut feeling is important in things like this. I will talk to my homeopath and see what she says. Thanks again.

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    dear swan song, first and foremost I’m terribly sorry that you lost your sister to ovarian cancer, I cannot imagine how painful and difficult that was and I’m sorry, truly. A woman on this forum by the name of Gigi was talking about this product and a study that she read bu,t she forgot what magazine it was from. She spoke positively of it, but that’s all I can tell you. Maybe you can find her post. It was a study that showed women in nursing homes, elderly women, were having recurrent UTIs and it turned out that they needed more estrogen in their system because we need estrogen for optimum healthy bladder function. it was a very interesting post, what she wrote. and everything I’ve read I never knew this and it’s important that we all know it. I certainly understand your fears after going through what you did, I’m so sorry. I’m sure one of the ladies on here could instruct you as to their experience with it. Also did you speak to your pharmacist about it, pharmacists are wonderful patient people, with extended education‘s, that surpass our GPs by like three years 😃 blessings your way !

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      Thank you Lisa, that's very kind of you. Yes from what I have been reading today and yesterday it seems that when women become older they might need some extra estrogen for healthy bladder function, I did not know that at all, and you are emphasising this too. It's a learning curve all right and your suggestion to speak with the pharmacist appeals to me too. I would be very happy using the product if i could be sure that it would not put me at more risk. The leaflet says it might, the doctor ignored it, who to believe or trust? Thanks again Lisa.

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      Dear swan song, I’m very sorry your doctor ignored that, that’s rather dismissive. I never ever rely on the doctors or the nurses for any advice on pharmaceuticals, I go straight to the pharmacist. They are educated specifically on meds, and have information the doctors/nurses dont have privy to. I think the doctors and nurses just think of the warnings, as background noise. I had a nurse one time tell me... oh don’t even read the warnings, I thought, are you kidding me? I hope you have luck with it 😃

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      Thank you Lisa. Yes you are right. My GP is very good though and I would follow her advice all right normally. In this case I had not read the leaflet of course while I was still with her and so I did not double check it with her. I agree going to the pharmacist will be the best thing to do.

      Thanks again.

      Kind regards

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