What do Ovestin pessaries do?

What do Ovestin pessaries do?

Ovestin Pessaries is a Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT). It contains the female hormone oestriol (an oestrogen). Ovestin is used in postmenopausal women with at least 12 months since their last natural period. Ovestin is used for relief of symptoms occurring after menopause.

Is Ovestin pessaries safe?

If you may have used more Ovestin than you should, talk to a doctor or pharmacist. If someone has swallowed a pessary, there is no need for great concern. However, you should consult a doctor. Symptoms that may arise are nausea and vomiting.

How often should you use Ovestin pessaries?

For vaginal complaints, the usual dosage is one pessary daily during the first weeks. Later on the dose is gradually decreased to, for instance, one pessary twice a week. For other conditions, a different dosage may be prescribed. Each pessary contains 0.5 mg oestriol.

What are the risks of oestrogen pessaries?


  • Dryness and soreness in the vagina.
  • Itching, redness, or soreness of the vulva.
  • Feeling an urge to urinate more often then is needed or experiencing pain while urinating.
  • Pain during sexual intercourse.

Can Ovestin be used long term?

It is uncertain whether there is a similar risk with Ovestin if used for repeated or long term (more than one year) treatments. However, Ovestin has been shown to have very low absorption into the blood, therefore the addition of a progestagen is not necessary.

Why have I been prescribed Ovestin?

Ovestin belongs to a group of medicines called Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT). It is used to relieve menopausal symptoms in the vagina such as dryness or irritation. In medical terms this is known as ‘vaginal atrophy’. It is caused by a drop in the levels of oestrogen in your body.

Do Oestrogen pessaries cause weight gain?

Many women believe that taking HRT will make them put on weight, but there’s no evidence to support this claim. You may gain some weight during the menopause, but this often happens regardless of whether you take HRT. Exercising regularly and eating a healthy diet should help you to lose any unwanted weight.

How long should you take Ovestin for?

You should use Ovestin cream for as long as recommended by your doctor. Example: usually once a day, before going to bed for two weeks • Then twice a week.

How often do you need a pessary for Ovestin?

OVESTIN is an oestrogen-only product that may be given to women with or without a uterus. Atrophy of the lower urogenital tract 1 pessary per day for the first weeks, followed by a gradual reduction, based on relief of symptoms, until a maintenance dosage (e.g. 1 pessary twice a week) is reached.

What can Ovestin Ovula be used for after surgery?

In addition to the above uses, Ovestin Ovula may also be prescribed to improve wound healing in postmenopausal women undergoing vaginal surgery or help assess cervical smears taken from postmenopausal women. After insertion into the vagina, oestriol is slowly released and absorbed into the surrounding area and into the bloodstream.

When to apply Ovestin cream after a Pap smear?

When having a Pap smear your doctor may recommend a daily application of cream for 7 days. Use the applicator to apply the cream into the vagina. It is a good idea to do this before retiring/going to sleep at night. One application (applicator filled to the ring mark) contains 0.5 g of Ovestin cream, which contains 0.5 mg estriol.

Are there any side effects to taking Ovestin?

Some of the symptoms of an allergic reaction may include: rash, itching or hives on the skin. Tell your doctor if you have allergies to any other medicines, foods, preservatives or dyes. As well as benefits, Ovestin has some risks which you need to consider when you are deciding to start or continue treatment.