Estriol creams can address the underlying cause

Author: By Glenn Arpino, R.Ph
Posted: Monday, March 01, 2010

Women have options available to them to combat issues related to loss of hormones as they approach menopause. One of the most common symptoms women suffer from is vaginal dryness. This can lead to painful intercourse as well as an increase in urinary tract infections and vaginal atrophy.

Vaginal tissue is abundant in estriol receptors. Estriol is one of the estrogens women make throughout their lives. These levels decrease with age along with other hormones such as estradiol and progesterone. There are “band-aid” treatments, such as using a water-based lubricant during intercourse; however, this does not address the deficiency of estriol.

Using a cream containing estriol works wonders to treat all the issues mentioned, without any significant systemic absorption. Estriol vaginal cream can be compounded by a compounding pharmacy and requires a physician’s prescription. Vaginal pH is approximately 3.8-4.5, which makes the flora of the vagina acidic. Using a pH-balanced cleanser will keep the vaginal area clean and should not pose any problems with irritation. Most importantly, women should schedule yearly visits with their gynecologist for routine testing.


Glenn Arpino, R.Ph

Dermasave Labs, Inc

3 Charles St., Pleasant Valley

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