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I was diagnosed with her2 bc in 2020. At that time I was advised to stop hrt. I am now suffering from extreme vaginal dryness. I have tried lubricants and moisturisers but sex is still extremely uncomfortable. I have been looking into using Estring but I’m unclear if this would be suitable for me. Any advice would be much appreciated. 

  • Hi Sue H2

    Thanks for getting in touch.

    Welcome to the online community and I hope you’re finding it helpful.

    My name is Paula and I am one of the Cancer Information Nurse Specialists on the Macmillan Support Line.

    I am sorry to hear you’re experiencing extreme vaginal dryness since stopping your Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT). It can be distressing and impact on your quality of life and sexual intimacy. It’s a common problem for women with breast cancer and finding the most suitable treatment options to help with symptoms can be difficult for many people.

    Here at Macmillan we can give general advice and support. We are independent from the NHS and don’t have access to medical records so can’t give personalised information.

    There are a range of products currently being used for menopausal symptoms after breast cancer treatment. Therefore as an organisation we wouldn’t normally recommend a product to use such as Estring(Estradiol). This would be a conversation you would need to have with your hospital team or GP.

    We would suggest speaking to your medical team about your concerns as they are there to support you, especially as you’re finding your symptoms difficult to deal with.  They are familiar with guidelines on how to best treat symptoms of stopping HRT relating to your individual circumstances.

    Breast Cancer Now have a YouTube channel on Menopause symptoms which you may find useful to look at. They also offer a supportive service for anyone who has been diagnosed with breast cancer.

    The service offers face to face meetings, online courses, and events. They also have a helpline if you would prefer to talk things through.

    You can also talk to one of our nurses on the support line. Sometimes giving us a call can help. It’s a free phone number on 0808 808 0000 and we are here 7 days a week, 8am-8pm or email us. 

    I hope this information has been helpful, please don’t hesitate to get back in touch.


    Paula-Cancer Information Nurse Specialist 
  • Thank you for the reply Paula. I will ask my GP about Estring.