Gina 10mcg Vaginal Tablet
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Gina is the first post-menopausal hormone replacement therapy (HRT) available in the UK without a prescription. It’s a low-dose vaginal oestrogen tablet that’s effective in treating menopause symptoms like vaginal dryness, itching, soreness and pain during sex.
It is a HRT pill containing estradiol, also known as the brand Vagifem.
- Newly Approved to buy without prescription
- Vaginal tablet containing Estradiol
- UK Registered Service
Buy Gina 10mcg HRT Vaginal Tablet Pill Online
Gina is the first HRT vaginal tablet available to purchase over the counter in the UK. It can be bought from pharmacies after consulting a pharmacist, or from registered online pharmacies like Cloud Pharmacy.
You do not require a prescription from a doctor to get Gina 10mcg Vaginal Tablet, but you should still be aware of the warnings and side effects in the patient information leaflet. Our medical team will assess the consultation and provide a supply only if it is suitable.
What is Gina HRT Tablet?
Gina contains the active ingredient estradiol 10mcg, a type of female sex hormone called oestrogen. Gina is a type of treatment called local vaginal hormone replacement therapy (HRT), used to relieve vaginal dryness and irritation associated with menopause. Vaginal dryness occurs during menopause due to a drop in the levels of oestrogen - this type of medicine works by replacing the lost oestrogen.
How does Gina HRT tablet work?
Gina 10 mcg is an insert that you place in your vagina with a convenient, predosed, single-use applicator made of smooth plastic. To help ensure exact dosing, each applicator contains a single insert with 1 dose of Gina 10 mcg (estradiol).
Gina tablets come pre-loaded into an applicator which is inserted into your vagina before releasing the tablet. The tablets slowly dissolve to release oestrogen into your vaginal tissue, replacing the reduced hormones. It’s the first ever HRT for post-menopausal people that’s available over the counter without a prescription.
Levels of oestrogen naturally drop during menopause, so taking a treatment like estradiol replaces these lost hormones and helps to relieve symptoms associated with menopause. This type of treatment is referred to as hormone replacement therapy (HRT).
How long does Gina HRT take to work?
You should start noticing the positive effects of taking Gina around 4-8 weeks after starting treatment, but this varies depending on the person. If you are not noticing the effects of Gina after taking it for 3 months, you should speak to your doctor as it may not be the right treatment for you
How long does Gina HRT last?
After inserting Gina tablets into your vagina, it slowly dissolves over around 8 hours. However, the effects of Gina continue after it has dissolved. It should last for as long as you continue to use the treatment.
How effective is Gina HRT?
Gina tablets are clinically proven to treat your symptoms and their causes effectively. National guidelines recommend low-dose vaginal oestrogen tablets like Gina as the first treatment for menopausal symptoms such as vaginal dryness, itching and soreness.
Gina 10mcg HRT Pill Side Effects
Like all medicines, Gina can cause side effects. If you do get side effects, you should speak to your doctor or pharmacist.
Common side effects of using Gina (affecting 1 in 10 people):
- Hot flushes
- Weight gain
- Nausea (Feeling sick)
- Fungal infections
- Uncommon side effects of using Gina (affecting 1 in 100 people):
- Vaginal bleeding, discharge or discomfort
- Stomach pain
- High blood pressure
Rare side effects of using Gina (affecting 1 in 10,000 people):
- Water retention
- Worsened migraines
- Generalised hypersensitivity (e.g. anaphylactic reaction/shock)
Stop using Gina and speak to your doctor as soon as you can if:
- You get any new vaginal bleeding, spotting or itching.
- You have endometriosis, and your symptoms come back.
- You develop a vaginal infection
- You get yellowing skin or the whites of your eyes (jaundice). These can be signs of liver disease.
- Your blood pressure rises (may cause headaches, tiredness, and dizziness).
- You start to get migraine-like headaches for the first time.
- You become pregnant.
If you get any side effects that could indicate an allergic reaction to Gina, stop taking it and get immediate medical attention calling 111 or 999.
Patient Information Leaflet
Before taking any medication, it is important to read the Patient Information Leaflet. You can find information leaflets for your medicines by typing them into the search bar at medicines.org, or by contacting us.
How do I use Gina HRT tablet?
GINA 10mcg HRT Directions
Gina is inserted directly into your vagina using a preloaded applicator. You will start out taking 1 tablet each day for the first 2 weeks of treatment. After the first 2 weeks, you will take 1 tablet twice a week. You can take Gina at any time of the day, but you should try to make sure it’s at the same time every day.
Make sure you always follow the instructions in your patient information leaflet, and if you are still not sure about your dose or how to use the medication, you should speak to your doctor or pharmacist.
- Insert the applicator slowly into your vagina
- Get into a comfortable position and prepare to insert the applicator
- Hold the applicator so that one finger can press the ‘applicator plunger’
- Take out a single applicator
- Make sure your hands are clean and dry when using the applicator
- Gently press the end of the applicator (the plunger) all the way in. This will release the tablet
- Slowly remove the applicator from your vagina
You should continue taking Gina for as long as your symptoms persist or as long as the doctor tells you to.
If you stop taking Gina and your symptoms come back, it’s safe to start taking Gina again.
If you forget to take a dose, take it as soon as you remember. Do not take a double dose.
You can stop taking Gina at any time, but doing so may cause your symptoms to come back.
Gina 10mcg HRT Dosing Schedule
Why will Gina be available to purchase over the counter?
Gina will be available over the counter because the UK medicines regulator, the MHRA, found this pill to be safe when prescribed by a pharmacist, rather than needing a prescription from a doctor. The pharmacist will still need to go through an in-store assessment to make sure that Hana is safe for you before you can buy the pill from a pharmacy such as Cloud Pharmacy.
Please talk to your doctor or the medical team here at Cloud Pharmacy if:
- You have a history of endometriosis
- You have a history of endometrial hyperplasia
- You are receiving a type of HRT (including tablets or patches) that circulates in the blood
- You are switching from another vaginal oestrogen HRT
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