Every year, insurance plans update the list of drugs that they cover, also known as their formulary. That means that some drugs covered this year won’t be covered next year. (In fact, more and more drugs are excluded from formularies each year.) And drugs that are new to the market might be covered soon. If you rely on health insurance to pay for your medications, now’s a good time to pay attention. See More
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Prices for common estrogen medications, widely used to treat symptoms of menopause, have doubled since 2014, increasing at a rate of about 15% each year.
More than 55 million women in the US are over the age of 51, the average age of menopause, and over half experience symptoms for which vaginal estrogen medications are prescribed. These hormone replacement therapies (HRT) are regularly called upon to counteract low estrogen levels after menopause and treat symptoms like extreme vaginal dryness, soreness, painful sex, and painful urination. See More
Menopause is the period in a woman’s life when menstruation stops. It typically occurs between 45 and 50 years of age and can increase the risk for medical conditions like heart disease, osteoporosis, urinary incontinence, weight gain, and painful intercourse.
Doctors are often asked what ONE pill or supplement they would recommend, or take themselves. The answer to this, I have learned, depends on perspective—based on which specialty the physician practices. So, after 20 years of being surrounded doctors in many fields at an academic medical center, here is the one pill you should be taking, by specialty.
Used for the treatment of vaginal dryness and recurrent urinary tract infections, among other things, Vagifem (estradiol) tablets have been a huge hit in the United States. As mentioned in my previous blog, patients prefer Vagifem tablets over Estrace vaginal cream—but one of the downsides of Vagifem has been cost. Yuvafem, a new generic equivalent just approved by the FDA, may finally give Vagifem competition—if it can save women some cash. See More
Local estrogens work for the treatment of vaginal dryness, painful intercourse and preventing urinary tract infections. Forty-five percent of postmenopausal women experience those symptoms but only a minority use vaginal estrogens. A recent study revealed the solution may lie in prescribing vaginal tablets over the creams—more women seem to prefer the tablets.
Why are vaginal estrogens a good thing? They don’t carry the same risks as oral estrogens do because there is much less systemic absorption. See More
Estring, Premarin cream or Vagifem: which is better? Without estrogen replacement, one third of women experience symptoms of atrophic vaginitis including dryness, irritation, itching and pain during sex. All vaginal estrogens have been shown to relieve these symptoms and improve quality of life for these women. In addition, vaginal estrogen therapy has been shown to have a favorable effect on libido/sex drive, urinary tract infections and incontinence. See More