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Vaginal Ring


Symptoms it treats

1. Hot flashes (most brands)

2. Night sweats (most brands)

3. Vaginal dryness and/or irritation (all brands)



Vaginal rings are flexible rings that contain estrogen and are inserted into the vaginal. Many women do not feel the ring once they have inserted it and is a good option for women who want a convenient option since they only need to replace once every 3 months.




Replace once every 90 days (3 months)

FDA approved?


How it works

Vaginal rings are inserted into the vagina and need to be replaced once every 3 months.

Each medication may have their own instructions on how to use it, but here are some common tips:

  1. You do not need to remove the vaginal ring during sexual intercourse. If the ring is bothersome, you may remove it, rinse it with warm water, and reinsert it after intercourse

  2. If a vaginal ring falls out, rinse it with warm water and reinsert it. If it slides down into the lower part of the vagina use your finger to push it in farther.

Generic names


  • Estradiol

  • Estradiol Acetate


Common brands


  • Femring

  • Estring

Common side effects for the hormone patch

1. Headaches

2. Vaginal spotting

3. Bloating

4. Stomach cramps

5. Painful or tender breasts

6. Hair loss

7. Yeast infection

8. Redness around the patch

9. Fluid retention

10. Nausea and/or vomiting


​We do not recommend you use hormones if you have any of the following:

  • Unusual vaginal bleeding

  • Personal history of certain cancers such as breast cancer or uterine cancer

  • Personal history of blood clots in the legs or lungs

  • Bleeding disorder

  • History of stroke or heart attack

  • Liver problems

  • Serious reactions to estrogen medicines

Some antibiotics and medications may make the ring less effective, make sure you inform your doctor about all of the medications you are taking. If you have a uterus you may have a higher risk of developing endometrial cancer after 1 year of taking estrogen-only medication. Talk to your doctor about other medicines you can take to protect yourself.

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