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I have been using Estring (Estradiol Vaginal Ring) to help against vaginal dryness and painful intercourse. The results have been dramatic, very positive. I don’t want to stop using it. However, I have problems removing it. It does not come out as easily as it went in…Does somebody have any suggestions. other than going to the doctor every 3 months?

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  1. Stellaaa Stellaaa says

    It’s really hard to answer this without being rather indelicate and providing TMI, but here goes.  Because you really shouldn’t need to go to the doctor for this, but maybe you do. 

    I’ve tried the estring, and works great for its purpose, but the patches my gyno gave me work for the hot flashes, insominia, night sweats etc. But anyway. I didn’t have trouble getting it out.  Can you not reach it? I just hooked my index finger around it and pulled. Took it in and out quite regularly, actually.  Maybe laying on your back might make it more reachable, and a little KY or something if its stuck.  Or in the bath. If you have partner maybe they could help

    It was funny the day I got it.  My regular doctor is on maternity leave and the locum is an old retired guy who used to be my husband’s doctor.  I pull the ring out the package and it’s huge and I laugh and say, “you know I’ll probably just spit that thing out, I’m not very big.”  And he says “Don’t worry I’m gonna shove it down to your tonsils” 

    Even with ring shoved to tonsils I didn’t have your problem, sorry.  But I am sort of petite and very flexible.  Anyway…try the bath.

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    • JoanPrice JoanPrice says

      The interaction between you and your doctor was delightful!

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      • Stellaaa Stellaaa says

        He also told me I didn’t have to take it out for sex “unless the guy was built like a horse”.  But I did anyway.

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      • JoanPrice JoanPrice says

        Depends on whether you or or your partner can feel it durng sex. It isn’t so much a matter of penis size, more shape and angle.

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      • Stellaaa Stellaaa says

        I can feel it, always.  Even without anything else up there.  Tried it with a toy and it sure was crowded up there. How could he not feel it? That was my thinking anyway.

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      • Generic Image Content says

        Hi Stellaaa,

        I also use the estring and have found it to be really helpful with vaginal dryness.  I put it in and leave it for three months.  If I had to take it out to have sex it wouldn’t seem worth it to me.  I only feel it during sex. We both feel it, but just a little-it doesn’t interfere.  Maybe I don’t always feel it because I’ve had vaginal births, have you?

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      • Stellaaa Stellaaa says

        No, no vaginal births (or any other sort).  I suspect you are right about that’s why I feel it and you don’t.  Back in the days when I needed them, I couldn’t tolerate tampons for very long at a time, either.  And it’s almost certainly at least partly psychosomatic.  I know it’s there.  This big plastic invader.  So it bugs me.

        I did make a joke with the old doctor about getting a job in a Bangkok that involves pingpong balls.

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      • JoanPrice JoanPrice says

        I haven’t had a vaginal birth, but I don’t feel the Estring when it’s in place. (I do feel it if it has company in there, though.)

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    • Ultraviolette Ultraviolette says

      OMG too hilarious!

      I learn something new every day!

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      • Stellaaa Stellaaa says

        Even funnier if you know I had my tonsils out when I was three.

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  2. JoanPrice JoanPrice says

    Is it that you can’t get hold of it, or that it doesn’t budge when you’ve got your finger hooked around it? Try inserting your finger from the inside. In other words, wedge your finger between your ring and your vagina from the “snug” side, to pop it away from where it has burrowed into the tissues. Does that make sense? Let me know if that works.

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  3. Generic Image ladydocK says

    I am a Gynecologist and whenever I recommend Estring, I tell patients to “bear down really hard, like you’re constipated” and most times it will come down to a more reachable position!

    If all else fails, ask your doc about Vagifem, a little white pill comes in a blue applicator that you insert right into the vagina, but unfortunately, it must be done twice a week to get full benefits!

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    • Generic Image hillbilly says

      Hook method didn’t work for me.  I need to use 2 fingers like a scissor to grab the ring between the finger and remove (index & 3rd).

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      • Generic Image Anonymous says

        Worked  for  me  for  years!  It  was  wonderful!   It  always  came out  easily.      And   suddenly  it  won’t  come  out!  I  am  71.  Suspect  the  shape of  things  to  come  isn’t  pretty.  Going  to my  gynecologist  ASAP  to have  it  removed.

        Potsdam, NY

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  4. Generic Image hillbilly says

    Hook method didn’t work for me.  I needed to use 2 fingers like a scissor to grab the ring between them and remove (index & 3rd).

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  5. Generic Image Anonymous says

    The problem here is retroflexed uterus. It tips back, and the cervix rises, making the distance from the external area to the ring just too much for many women. My gyn suggested i get my partner to do it. That too was difficult, but it worked..just.  I was in crouch position on the floor.
    I had the same problem with a diaphram as with the ring. The manufacturer used to provide a plastic ‘crochet’ hook that did the job beautifully. They don’t make it any more.

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