Vaginal Estrogen for Dryness and Pain Does Not Show an Increased Risk of Cancer

Dr. Kathleen Marc OB-GYN (Obstetrician-Gynecologist) Naples, FL

Dr. Kathleen Marc is an obstetrician-gynecologist practicing in Naples, FL. Dr. Marc specializes in women's health, particularly the female reproductive system, pregnancy, and childbirth. As an obstetrician-gynecologist or OB-GYN, Dr. Marc can treat a number of health issues related to the vagina, uterus, ovaries, fallopian... more

Vaginal dryness, pain with intercourse, urinary frequency, urgency, and sometimes a decline in sexual function, is extremely common and gets worse over time. Women suffer daily from these symptoms. Vaginal estrogen is very effective in treating this condition, Genitourinary Syndrome of Menopause, but there are concerns about safety that contribute to the low rate of use in women. 

There is no increased risk of heart attack, stroke, or blood clots for women who used vaginal estrogen compared to controls. There was also no increased risk of breast or uterine cancer. The North American Medical Society and the American College of OB/GYN recommend that vaginal estrogen can be used long-term when appropriate without additional progesterone. 

This is great news for women. Vaginal estrogen can make a huge difference in women's lives. Combining vaginal estrogen with vaginal rejuvenation procedures like ThermiVa and O-Shot can help even more!