Estrogens, Esterified (Oral)
Esterified estrogens are hormonal medications that women take in order to increase their estrogen level after menopause or after having surgery to remove their ovaries or uterus. These medications are taken orally at the same time every day in order to preserve hormonal balance. Raising estrogen levels helps women strengthen their bones and improves their sexual functioning. It also helps them feel more mentally balanced.
This medication can cause blood clots, heart attacks and strokes. Women who take this medication should see the doctor regularly to monitor their cardiovascular health and should avoid smoking in order to reduce their risk of a serious illness. Women should also have regular exams to detect endometrial and breast cancer while on this medication.