And Why Are You Prescribing Estradiol for Me?

Holy Hormones Honey! Do the risks outweigh the benefits? So tell me how would you know if you had any of the contraindications. The imbalances in the body that lead to these pathological diseases take time to develop – and sometimes they are not even caught by diagnostic tests.  Often women are so hormonally imbalanced by the time they get to menopause the ‘taking a pill – for very ill’ mentality takes over.  Got it.  However, all you are doing is masking the symptoms – not healing the problem.  Granted healing takes time – but so does the progression of disease. You just do not wake up one day and have ‘cancer.’  But you can wake up one day and be healthy.

Generic Name: estradiol oral (ess tra DYE ole)
Brand Names: Estrace, Femtrace, Gynodiol

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What is estradiol?

femtraceEstradiol is a form of estrogen, a female sex hormone produced by the ovaries. Estrogen is necessary for many processes in the body.

Estradiol is used to treat symptoms of menopause such as hot flashes, and vaginal dryness, burning, and irritation. Other uses include prevention of osteoporosis in postmenopausal women, and replacement of estrogen in women with ovarian failure or other conditions that cause a lack of natural estrogen in the body. Estradiol is sometimes used as part of cancer treatment in women and men.

Estradiol may also be used for other purposes not listed in this medication guide.

Important information about estradiol

Estradiol can harm an unborn baby or cause birth defects. Do not use estradiol if you are pregnant. You should not take estradiol if you have abnormal vaginal bleeding, liver disease, breast or uterine cancer, hormone-dependent cancer, a recent history of heart attack or stroke, if you are pregnant, if you have ever had a blood clot (especially in your lung or your lower body), or if you are allergic to any medicines or food dyes. Taking hormones can increase your risk of blood clots, stroke, or heart attack, especially if you have diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol or triglycerides, if you smoke, or if you are overweight.

Long-term estradiol treatment may increase your risk of breast cancer, ovarian cancer, or uterine cancer. Talk with your doctor about your individual risks before using estradiol long-term. Your doctor should check your progress every 3 to 6 months to determine whether you should continue this treatment.

Taking progestin while using estradiol may lower your risk of uterine cancer. If your uterus has not been removed, your doctor may prescribe a progestin for you to take while you are using estradiol.

Estradiol should not be used to prevent heart disease, stroke, or dementia, because this medication may actually increase your risk of developing these conditions.

Have regular physical exams and mammograms, and self-examine your breasts for lumps on a monthly basis while using estradiol.

Before using estradiol

You should not take estradiol if you are allergic to it, or if you have:

  • liver disease;
  • abnormal vaginal bleeding that a doctor has not checked;
  • any type of breast, uterine, or hormone-dependent cancer;
  • a recent history of heart attack or stroke;
  • if you are pregnant;
  • if you have ever had a blood clot (especially in your lung or your lower body); or
  • if you are allergic to any medicines or food dyes.

Taking hormones can increase your risk of blood clots, stroke, or heart attack, especially if you have risk factors such as diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol or triglycerides, smoking, or being overweight.

To make sure you can safely take estradiol, tell your doctor if you have any of these other conditions:

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Author: Leslie Carol Botha

Author, publisher, radio talk show host and internationally recognized expert on women's hormone cycles. Social/political activist on Gardasil the HPV vaccine for adolescent girls. Co-author of "Understanding Your Mood, Mind and Hormone Cycle." Honorary advisory board member for the Foundation for the Study of Cycles and member of the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research.