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By the way, doctor: Is vaginal estrogen safe for breast cancer survivors?

April 01, 2009

Q. I'm 78. I had breast cancer nine years ago and have been taking Arimidex for six years. I have pain and some bleeding after intercourse, despite using Astroglide. My gynecologist prescribed vaginal estrogen cream. Is that safe for me?

A. The likeliest cause of your symptoms is vaginal atrophy, a common condition in postmenopausal women. Symptoms include vaginal dryness, irritation, and burning. Pain and light bleeding with intercourse are common. There may also be urinary symptoms.

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