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Question from Marsha-3: I am 61, and my gynecologist recently prescribed an estrogen ring to help with vaginal dryness and atrophy. She says it is perfectly safe. Do you agree, or should I be worried about estrogen entering my bloodstream?
Answers - Lynn Hartmann I would say that I think that is a safe measure for you. There some absorption of estrogen into the bloodstream, but it is a low amount.
Beth Baughman DuPree, M.D., F.A.C.S. I agree with Dr. Hartmann. This is one of those situations in life where the risks and benefits of a medication need to be looked at. Clearly your gynecologist feels that the vaginal dryness and atrophy are significant enough symptoms in your life to warrant treatment. And although the amount of estrogen absorption is minimal, it does have effect, as it will help to change the environment of the vaginal area.

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