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Vagifem is an estrogen medication that helps women with symptoms of menopause. Every woman experiences menopause in middle age (typically between the ages of 45 and 55). A woman is fully in menopause when she has not had a period for a full 12 months, signifying the end of menstruation and the ability to conceive. Women in menopause produce less estrogen, causing symptoms like vaginal dryness. Vagifem contains a form of estrogen called estradiol that can act as a hormone replacement therapy and lessen menopausal symptoms.
Vagifem comes in dosages of 10mcg that are inserted into the vagina with a pre-loaded, single-use applicator. Your doctor will let you know how to properly use Vagifem to get the most benefit.
Once the tablet is inserted into the vagina, the medication will dissolve slowly over several hours. You can insert Vagifem any time of day, but it is recommended to use it at the same time each day.
Do not use Vagifem if you have or have experienced the following conditions:
It is important to take estrogen along with another hormone called progestin to prevent the chances of heart attacks, stroke, breast cancer, or blood clots. Taking estrogen alone can increase the risk of breast cancer and cancer of the uterus.
Common side effects of Vagifem include:
Serious side effects include:
Is Vagifem safe to use long-term?
Every woman is different, but it can increase the risk of cancer over time. Vagifem is typically prescribed for up to 12 months, but some may only use it for a few weeks. Talk to your doctor to find out what is safe for you.
How long does it take for Vagifem to start working?
Studies show that women may begin to feel the effect of Vagifem 8 to 12 weeks after beginning treatment. If your menopausal symptoms persist after 12 weeks, contact your doctor.