What is Ovestin?
Ovestin is a hormone preparation that contains the active ingredient estriol, a naturally occurring form of the main female sex hormone oestrogen. Ovestin relieves menopausal symptoms in menopausal or post-menopausal women by bringing hormone levels back to normal. This type of treatment is known as hormone replacement therapy (HRT) or hormone therapy (HT). Ovestin is a prescription-only medicine.
What is Ovestin used for?
Ovestin vaginal cream is used to relieve vaginal menopausal symptoms such as vaginal dryness, irritation or itching, pain during sex and an increased susceptibility to vaginal infections or urinary infections. The loss of oestrogen in the body due to menopause can lead to a thinning of the vaginal walls which, in turn, can cause these vaginal symptoms. The active ingredient estriol restores the vaginal tissues to a better condition, which provides short-term relief from these uncomfortable symptoms.
How to use Ovestin
Ovestin vaginal cream should be inserted into the vagina using the applicator provided. Apply at bedtime to allow the medicine to act whilst you sleep. Using a panty liner will protect your underwear from seepage. The vaginal cream should be used daily. If your symptoms improve, continue to use a maintenance dose twice weekly instead of daily. Use of the vaginal cream should be reviewed by a doctor after three months to see if it is still needed.
Follow the instructions given by your doctor regarding how much cream to use, when to use it and how often to use it. Read the package leaflet before use.
Treatment with Ovestin may cause side effects, such as:
- Breast tenderness or soreness;
- Breakthrough bleeding;
- Vaginal irritation or itching after applying the cream.
In most cases, these symptoms will go away on their own. Consult a doctor if these or other side effects are severe or persistent. Read the package leaflet before use for important information on possible side effects of HRT.
When not to use Ovestin
Ovestin vaginal cream is not suitable for everyone and should not be used if:
- You are allergic to estriol or any other ingredient in this medicine;
- You have active breast cancer or other hormone-related cancer or a history of this;
- You have a blood clot in a vein (thrombosis) or the lungs (pulmonary embolism) or a history or risk of this;
- You have vaginal bleeding of unknown cause or an overgrowth of the lining of the womb (endometrial hyperplasia);
- You have a blood or liver disease.
Consult a doctor on the use of Ovestin vaginal cream if you have a health condition that is not listed above or are currently on medication.
Ovestin should not be used by pregnant or breastfeeding women.
Ovestin cream does not interact with alcohol or affect your ability to drive safely.