Estrace cream??! (Michelle...or anyone?)

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Estrace cream??! (Michelle...or anyone?)
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Mon, 03-07-2011 - 12:40pm

Well, my OB's office just called and my OB wants to put me on a vaginal Estrace cream to use on an as needed basis for the itching I've been having. He wants to try this before we try the steroid cream.

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Mon, 03-07-2011 - 7:09pm
Danielle, is it a suppository or just an external cream? If it's just an external cream, I really wouldn't worry too much about it. Most women don't have any O problems with Estrogen supplements but it *does* happen occasionally but I was on a pretty high dose inserted vaginally twice a day. The external cream isn't nearly that strong and even if it is, it doesn't negatively effect most women. I was just one of those unlucky women. Story of my life. As far as whether or not to take it after O; I was told to stop it but only because I was using it for lining issues and obviously after O, it doesn't matter any more. I really don't think that small an amount of extra Estrogen would effect a pregnancy but it's worth a call to your doc about it.
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Mon, 03-07-2011 - 7:15pm
Ok, so I just picked up the cream and it is 0.01%. Reading the insert that came with it is making me nervous to even use it. I'm supposed to put it in vaginally(deeply) with a plunger. Ummmm....no way am I using it that way! I don't want to jeopardize my fertility or my health. It's mainly for POST- menopausal women and I'm not post-menopausal. I thought about just putting a small amount on my finger and using externally for the itching for a short time, but I don't want to stick it up there, vaginally. And I don't know what the life of the medication is either, so if I just used it externally and I conceive within a few days of using it, would it cause problems with the baby? It's a category X---for safety during pg.

Ughhhhhh......what am I supposed to do?
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Mon, 03-07-2011 - 7:20pm
Danielle, I promise you - it won't jeopardize your fertility at all. Estrace is a very common fertility drug used to boost levels in women TTC prescribed by RE's all the time. It's perfectly safe to use. The Estrace I used was also inserted vaginally and you HAVE to use it that way. Any other way is a waste of time. Estrogen is used to supplement any Estrogen in both women who are menopausal and TTC as maintaining the reproductive hormones in a woman's body is the goal in BOTH treatments.
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Mon, 03-07-2011 - 7:20pm
Oh ok, we must have been typing at the same time! ;) Yeah, I think I will use it very sparingly...externally only. I don't want to screw up my cycle and cause more problems.
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Mon, 03-07-2011 - 7:22pm
Ok, you posted again as I was posting! Too funny! So I HAVE to use it internally? I wonder how long I'll need to use it since I'm only using for itching, mainly. Maybe I'll need to call my OB.
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Mon, 03-07-2011 - 7:25pm
Yeah you have to use in internally for it to be absorbed into the body in a high enough dose for it to make a difference. Like I said, Estrace is given to women TTC all the time so I wouldn't worry about it's effect on a pg. But, I think calling your OB is a good idea. Always best if for nothing else to make yourself feel better.
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Mon, 03-07-2011 - 7:26pm
OK, thanks Michelle. :)
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Fri, 03-11-2011 - 8:18am

I haven't had time to read through all the replies, but I wanted to agree with Michelle that using this external cream will probably not affect your cycle.

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Fri, 03-11-2011 - 11:44am
THank you Aubre. That helped a lot! I actually just got through with a yeast infection treatment to see if that will help first. If not, then I'll use estrace cream as needed.