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Menopause is a part of life. It is brought on by a decrease in the production of hormones, such as estrogen. Eventually a woman experiences her last menstrual period. A woman is considered to have experienced natural menopause once she has had no period for one (1) year.
For some women, menopausal symptoms begin several years before their final period. During this transition, hormone levels in a woman’s reproductive system are constantly changing. This natural fluctuation is what causes menopausal symptoms.
The symptoms and age at which natural menopause occurs is as different as each woman. Generally a woman may experience menopause anywhere from her 40s to mid-50s. The average age at which a woman goes through natural menopause is 51 years old1, though it can happen earlier or later in life. This is when a woman may have symptoms such as hot flashes, night sweats, and vaginal irritation.
EstroGel® 0.06% is approved by the FDA for use after menopause to reduce moderate to severe hot flashes and to treat moderate to severe menopausal changes in and around the vagina. If you use EstroGel only to treat your menopausal changes in and around your vagina, talk with your healthcare provider about whether a topical vaginal product would be better for you.
Do not start using EstroGel if you have unusual vaginal bleeding, currently have or have had certain cancers, had a stroke or heart attack, currently have or have had blood clots, currently have or have had liver problems, have been diagnosed with a bleeding disorder, are allergic to EstroGel or any of its ingredients, or think you may be pregnant.
Tell your healthcare provider if you have any unusual vaginal bleeding, have any other medical conditions, are going to have surgery or will be on bed rest, are breastfeeding, and about all the medicines you take.
Serious but less common side effects include heart attack, stroke, blood clots, dementia, breast cancer, cancer of the lining of the uterus (womb), cancer of the ovary, high blood pressure, high blood glucose, gallbladder disease, liver problems, changes in your thyroid hormone levels, and enlargement of benign tumors (“fibroids”).
Common side effects of estrogens include headache, breast pain, stomach or abdominal cramps, bloating, nausea and vomiting, hair loss, fluid retention, and vaginal yeast infection.
If you would like more information, talk with your healthcare provider.
You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit www.fda.gov/medwatch, or call 1-800-FDA-1088.