You may have expected the hot flashes and night sweats of menopause. But vaginal dryness and painful intercourse may have come as a surprise.
For many women, intercourse becomes painful after menopause because of changes in the vaginal tissue. During menopause, low levels of the female hormone estrogen cause natural lubrication to diminish and vaginal walls to become dry and thin. This common medical condition is called vaginal atrophy.
Some symptoms of menopause may lessen over time. But painful intercourse is unlikely to go away on its own, and may actually worsen over time.
The good news is that vaginal atrophy and painful intercourse due to menopause can be effectively treated. If you are experiencing painful intercourse after menopause, it’s important to know about vaginal atrophy and what causes it. That can help you understand the importance of choosing a treatment that may help you address the underlying problem.
PREMARIN® (conjugated estrogens) Vaginal Cream is a prescription estrogen treatment proven to restore the vaginal tissue. When used twice a week, PREMARIN Vaginal Cream treats painful intercourse due to menopause by supplying a blend of estrogens directly to the vaginal tissues. That’s something no over-the-counter product was designed to do.
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IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION
Using estrogen-alone may increase your chance of getting cancer of the uterus (womb). Report any unusual vaginal bleeding right away while you are using PREMARIN® (conjugated estrogens) Vaginal Cream. Vaginal bleeding after menopause may be a warning sign of cancer of the uterus (womb). Your healthcare provider should check any unusual vaginal bleeding to find out the cause.
Do not use estrogens, with or without progestins, to prevent heart disease, heart attacks, strokes or dementia (decline in brain function). Using estrogens, with or without progestins, may increase your chance of getting dementia, based on a study of women 65 years of age or older.
Using estrogen-alone may increase your chances of getting strokes or blood clots. Using estrogens with progestins may increase your chances of getting heart attacks, strokes, breast cancer, or blood clots.
You and your healthcare provider should talk regularly about whether you still need treatment with PREMARIN® (conjugated estrogens) Vaginal Cream.
PREMARIN® (conjugated estrogens) Vaginal Cream should not be used if you have unusual vaginal bleeding; have or had cancer; had a stroke or heart attack; have or had blood clots or liver problems; have a bleeding disorder; are allergic to any of its ingredients; or think you may be pregnant.
Common side effects include headache, pelvic pain, breast pain, vaginal bleeding and vaginitis.
PREMARIN® (conjugated estrogens) Vaginal Cream is used after menopause to treat menopausal changes in and around the vagina and to treat moderate to severe painful intercourse caused by these changes.
Each gram contains 0.625 mg of conjugated estrogens, USP.
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