Estradiol Valerate (Injection)
Some women who are going through menopause take Estradiol Valerate shots. This medication is injected into the woman’s muscle every three to four weeks. Most women can do this at their doctor’s office or at a local hospital. The shots help replace estrogen that the woman loses during menopause to reduce hot flashes and other symptoms of menopause.
This medication increases the risk of serious disease. Women who take it may develop:
- Dementia and memory problems, especially if the woman is over the age of 65.
- Heart attacks, strokes and blood clots, especially if the woman smokes
- Breast cancer and endometrial cancer.