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29 July 2011 No Comment

Estradiol Estrace: A Quick Estrace Review

There are many reviews of Estrace, a hormone replacement, available on the Internet, and we will summarize the information in just a few of them.

Estrace and Estradiol

Estrace is a form of plant estrogen derived from soybeans and similar to the ovarian estradiol produced in premenopausal women.

Estradiol is the most powerful of the forms of estrogen produced by the ovaries, and controls not only the female reproductive cycle, but plays a part in organ and bone development and health as well. Women begin experiencing a decrease of their natural estradiol production when they are in their thirties.

By the time they have completed their menopauses, usually in their mid to late fifties, they are no longer producing any estradiol. Many women may opt to receive a regimen of hormone replacement therapy in the form of Estrace to help them cope with the symptoms of menopause

Estrace Uses

Women in and following menopause will see their risk of heart attack nearly double from where it was during their reproductive years, and taking an estradiol supplement like Estrace will lower it to its former level.

Estrace has been shown to help lower the risk of osteoporosis in menopausal women if it is used in conjunction with a diet rich in calcium and a regular exercise program.

It will also relieve the other menopausal problems like mood swings, insomnia, hot flashes and night sweats, and fatigue. Any woman who still has an intact uterus should combine progestogen with her Estrace dosage.

Taking Estrace

Your correct Estrace dosage will be determined by your doctor, and you should be careful not to take more or less, with a glass of water and with or shortly following a meal.

Taken on an empty stomach, Estrace may cause indigestion. You should take any skipped doses as soon as you realize you have missed them, unless it is nearly time for the next dose. Don’t double up on your doses in order to make up for a missed one.

If you think you may have taken too much Estrace, and are experiencing vaginal bleeding, nausea, or vomiting, call a doctor immediately.

Estrace Side Effects

Some women taking Estrace have reported having arm, shoulder, or chest pain; numbness or muscular weakness on one side; difficulty with their balance; trouble with vision or speech; and swelling in their lower legs. Others have complained of both vaginal dryness and bleeding; breast lumps and tenderness; digestive upsets including nausea, vomiting, and loss of appetite; and various sexual side effects.

If you are having any or these complications, or others for which you cannot account, after starting on Estrace, see your doctor and discuss possible treatments.

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