Vaginal oestrogen is a prescription medicine, that's available as a cream or as pessaries that are inserted into your vagina. It's used to ease vaginal symptoms of menopause such as:
- vaginal dryness, burning, itching
- discomfort or pain during intercourse
- discomfort passing urine
- recurrent urine infections (UTIs).
Vaginal oestrogen may also be used before and after vaginal surgery. Since vaginal oestrogen is applied directly into the vagina, less is absorbed into the body, reducing the chance of side effects.
In Aotearoa New Zealand, vaginal oestrogen is available as a vaginal cream (Ovestin cream®) or as pessaries (Ovestin pessaries®).