Estradiol Cypionate is a liquid form of estrogen that doctors can inject into a woman’s muscle every three to four weeks in order to raise her estrogen levels. This medication is often prescribed to menopausal women in order to reduce hot flashes, mood swings and other symptoms of menopause. Women who have had their ovaries removed or had a hysterectomy may also take this medication to increase their estrogen levels.
Patients should take the lowest dose of estrogen possible to relieve their symptoms so that they don’t increase their risk of heart attack, stroke, breast cancer or endometrial cancer unnecessarily. This medication should not be taken in order to protect against heart disease or dementia because it can increase the risk of these diseases instead of decreasing it. Women who take this medication should have regular examinations to help catch and treat cancer or heart disease.