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Premarin for Menopause

Friday 30 July 2021
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Table of Contents

I. What is Menopause?

II. Stages of Menopause

a. Peri-Menopause

b. Early Menopause

c. Menopause

d. Post-Menopause

III. What is Premarin?

IV. How to use Premarin

What is Menopause?

Menopause occurs to every woman in their lifetime. Menopause can be intimidating for many, but there is nothing to be worried about if you are armed with the right information. This life event presents differently in every woman, and there are many medications available to assist in any symptoms that arise. If you are experiencing menopausal symptoms, your doctor may prescribe Premarin tablets to balance your hormones. [1]

When you enter menopause, your menstrual cycle stops and you can no longer become pregnant. This process typically occurs anywhere from a woman’s 40s to early 50s. Menopause can happen earlier if you have your ovaries surgically removed. Menstruation and pregnancy are reliant on the production of estrogen in the female body, so when the ovaries begin to produce little to no estrogen (due to age or surgical removal), these processes end.

The lack of estrogen in the body is also what leads to unpleasant symptoms. For some, menopause occurs slowly over time and each phase can come with its own side effects. Read on to learn more about menopause and Premarin to treat symptoms.  [2]

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Stages of Menopause

a. Peri-menopause

Peri-menopause refers to the three to five-year period before menopause goes into full swing. During this time, estrogen levels will begin to dip and you may experience irregular menstrual cycles and bothersome symptoms. Pregnancy may still be possible during this time, so it is recommended to continue your birth control regime until you have not experienced a period for a whole calendar year. During this time, you may experience:

  • Hot flashes
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Night sweats
  • Mood changes
  • Vaginal dryness
  • Urinary issues
  • Elevated heart rate [3]

b. Early Menopause

Peri-menopause occurs naturally, but early menopause may be brought on by certain disorders or surgeries. You may experience early menopause if you experience the following conditions or procedures:

  • Hysterectomy: A hysterectomy is a surgery that removes the uterus. You may get a hysterectomy if you have painful uterine fibroids, a prolapsed uterus, endometriosis, or cancer of the uterus, cervix, or ovaries. A total hysterectomy removes the uterus and cervix, but it depends on your condition. [4]
  • Oophorectomy: This surgery removes the ovaries. The ovaries are responsible for the storage and release of eggs during fertilization. Estrogen is also produced in the ovaries, so once they are removed, menopausal symptoms can occur.
  • Premature ovarian failure: Genetics, surgery, or cancer treatments may cause premature ovarian failure. Radiation or chemotherapy can lead to this condition, along with ovarian dysfunction.

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c. Menopause

A woman is in full menopause when she has not had a menstrual period for 12 months straight. It may take one to three years from peri-menopause to full menopause. During this time, you may experience the same symptoms as peri-menopause, but they will likely dissipate over time. Other women may only experience mild symptoms or none at all.

d. Post-Menopause

Once a whole year has passed without a menstrual cycle, you enter post-menopause. Symptoms of menopause may continue throughout post-menopause. Once you are in this stage, it is important to know that your decreased estrogen output can increase your risk of heart disease and osteoporosis. You may need to take medications like Premarin or Premarin Vaginal Cream to make sure your heart and skeletal system remain healthy. [3]

What is Premarin?

Premarin is a medication used by menopausal women to assist in symptoms that may occur during this transition. At Canadian Pharmacy Service, you can purchase Premarin in pill form or as a topical cream. This medication is made of conjugated estrogen, which is a medical mixture of several types of estrogens.

Premarin supplies the body with supplemental estrogen to regulate the female body and ease menopausal symptoms. In particular, it works to prevent hot flashes, vaginal changes, and bone loss. This medication can also be used as a hormone replacement for women with ovarian failure or other disorders that cause a lack of estrogen production.

Pumping the body with extra estrogen has many benefits for menopausal women, but it is important to know the risks as well. Estrogen replacement medications come with an added risk of breast, uterine, and ovarian cancer. Because of these risks, it is essential to regularly self-examine your breast for lumps on a monthly basis. [5]

a woman getting a breast exam

How to Use Premarin

Before starting Premarin, you and your doctor will likely discuss your medical history to ensure this drug is right for you. You should not take this drug if you have any of the following:

  • Liver disease
  • Unusual vaginal bleeding
  • History of heart attack, stroke, or blood clot
  • Hormone-related cancer (breast, uterus/cervix, or vagina)
  • Increased risk of blood clots or history of blood clots

As always, follow your doctor’s instructions when taking a new medication. If you are prescribed oral tablets, you can take Premarin with or without food. Swallow the whole pill without crushing or chewing it. Take Premarin at the same time each day for the most benefit. [6]

Premarin Vaginal Cream involves applying the medicine directly inside your vagina. You will remove the cap from the tube and screw the tube onto the end of the applicator. Following your dosage instructions, you will squeeze the correct amount of cream into the applicator.

Once filled to the appropriate level, you will find a comfortable position to deliver the medication deeply into the vagina and press the plunger downward. Once completed, cleanse the plunger and applicator with mild soap and water. With this method, it is essential to follow your doctor’s instructions because too much of this medicine over time can increase your risk of cancer. Visit Canadian Pharmacy Service to save money on your menopausal medications today. [5]

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