What is menopause?

So you’ve reached menopause. Welcome to the club! Feel free to relax here—you’re in good company. Menopause affects all women at some point in their lives, yet each woman’s experience is uniquely her own.

Menopause occurs naturally when the ovaries stop producing estrogen and progesterone, but it may also occur when a woman has her ovaries surgically removed. Menopause signals the end of a woman’s reproductive cycle (ability to get pregnant).3

Natural menopause is confirmed when 12 consecutive months without a menstrual period have passed, but women may experience changes long before then. Perimenopause refers to the transitional phase before periods end. During perimenopause, you may notice irregularities in your once-normal, predictable menstrual cycle, such as longer or shorter cycles, lighter or heavier bleeding, or missed cycles. Postmenopause refers to the years after menopause.3

So what’s going on?

Your changing hormone levels due to menopause will affect many parts of your body. You may experience a range of uncomfortable symptoms, which may include hot flashes (possibly night sweats), vaginal dryness, loss of bone mass, weight gain, sleep disturbances, mood changes, or others.3

Menopause is unique to each woman, but that doesn’t mean anyone has to go through it alone. Communicating with your family, friends, and healthcare professional about what you are experiencing can help make the transition easier.

Life after menopause

Today, women are expected to live about a third of their lives after menopause. Since we’ll be here for a while, let’s all make ourselves comfortable!

Your healthcare professional may recommend certain lifestyle changes, like adding more calcium or vitamin D to your diet to support bone health, for instance. Getting in the habit of healthy living is a good idea at any stage of life, but it can be an especially important part of a holistic approach to menopause.

Healthy habits may include:

  • Regular exercise
  • Dietary changes
  • Avoiding “triggers” for your hot flashes (some women report that alcohol, stress, or external heat can trigger hot flashes for them, for example)3
  • Making time for sleep

Ask your healthcare professional about lifestyle habits you can start developing, and whether an estrogen therapy such as Divigel® could help relieve moderate to severe hot flashes due to menopause.

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Read on for information about hysterectomy and menopause.


Important Safety Information & Indication

Divigel® (estradiol gel) 0.1% is indicated for the treatment of moderate to severe hot flashes due to menopause.

What is the most important information I should know about Divigel® (an estrogen hormone)?
  • Using estrogen-alone increases your chance of getting cancer of the uterus (womb). Report any unusual vaginal bleeding right away while you are using Divigel®. Vaginal bleeding after menopause may be a warning sign of cancer of the uterus (womb). Your healthcare provider should check any unusual bleeding to find out the cause.
  • Do not use estrogen-alone to prevent heart disease, heart attacks, strokes or dementia (decline of brain function)
  • Using estrogen-alone may increase your chances of getting strokes or blood clots
  • Using estrogen-alone may increase your chance of getting dementia, based on a study of women 65 years of age or older
  • Do not use estrogens with progestins to prevent heart disease, heart attacks, strokes or dementia
  • Using estrogens with progestins may increase your chances of getting heart attacks, strokes, breast cancer, or blood clots
  • Using estrogens with progestins may increase your chance of getting dementia, based on a study of women 65 years of age or older
  • You and your healthcare provider should talk regularly about whether you still need treatment with Divigel®

Divigel® should not be used if you have unusual vaginal bleeding, currently have or have had certain cancers, including cancer of the breast or uterus, had a stroke or heart attack; currently have or have had blood clots, currently have or have had liver problems, have been diagnosed with a bleeding disorder, are allergic to Divigel® or any of its ingredients, or think you may be pregnant.

Tell your healthcare provider about all of your medical problems and the medicines you take, if you are going to have surgery or will be on bed rest, and if you are breastfeeding.

Call your healthcare provider right away if you get any of the following symptoms: new breast lumps, unusual vaginal bleeding, changes in vision or speech, sudden new severe headaches, or severe pains in your chest or legs with or without shortness of breath, weakness and fatigue.

Common side effects that may occur with Divigel® include headache; breast pain; irregular vaginal bleeding or spotting; stomach or abdominal cramps, bloating; nausea and vomiting; hair loss; fluid retention and vaginal yeast infection.

Serious but less common side effects include heart attack, stroke, blood clots, dementia, breast cancer, cancer of the uterus, ovarian cancer, high blood pressure, high blood sugar, gallbladder disease, liver problems, and enlargement of benign uterus tumors (“fibroids”).

Alcohol-based gels are flammable. Avoid fire, flame or smoking until the gel has dried.

Please see Patient Information for Divigel® and talk to your healthcare provider. For more information, call 732-721-0070 or visit www.divigel.com.

You are encouraged to report negative side effects to Vertical Pharmaceuticals, LLC at 1-877-95-VERTI (1-877-958-3784), or to the FDA by visiting www.fda.gov/medwatch or calling 1-800-FDA-1088.

Important Safety Information & Indication
Important Safety Information & Indication

Divigel® (estradiol gel) 0.1% is indicated for the treatment of moderate to severe hot flashes due to menopause.

What is the most important information I should know about Divigel® (an estrogen hormone)?
  • Using estrogen-alone increases your chance of getting cancer of the uterus (womb). Report any unusual vaginal bleeding right away while you are using Divigel®. Vaginal bleeding after menopause may be a warning sign of cancer of the uterus (womb). Your healthcare provider should check any unusual bleeding to find out the cause.
  • Do not use estrogen-alone to prevent heart disease, heart attacks, strokes or dementia (decline of brain function)
  • Using estrogen-alone may increase your chances of getting strokes or blood clots
  • Using estrogen-alone may increase your chance of getting dementia, based on a study of women 65 years of age or older
  • Do not use estrogens with progestins to prevent heart disease, heart attacks, strokes or dementia
  • Using estrogens with progestins may increase your chances of getting heart attacks, strokes, breast cancer, or blood clots
  • Using estrogens with progestins may increase your chance of getting dementia, based on a study of women 65 years of age or older
  • You and your healthcare provider should talk regularly about whether you still need treatment with Divigel®

Divigel® should not be used if you have unusual vaginal bleeding, currently have or have had certain cancers, including cancer of the breast or uterus, had a stroke or heart attack; currently have or have had blood clots, currently have or have had liver problems, have been diagnosed with a bleeding disorder, are allergic to Divigel® or any of its ingredients, or think you may be pregnant.

Tell your healthcare provider about all of your medical problems and the medicines you take, if you are going to have surgery or will be on bed rest, and if you are breastfeeding.

Call your healthcare provider right away if you get any of the following symptoms: new breast lumps, unusual vaginal bleeding, changes in vision or speech, sudden new severe headaches, or severe pains in your chest or legs with or without shortness of breath, weakness and fatigue.

Common side effects that may occur with Divigel® include headache; breast pain; irregular vaginal bleeding or spotting; stomach or abdominal cramps, bloating; nausea and vomiting; hair loss; fluid retention and vaginal yeast infection.

Serious but less common side effects include heart attack, stroke, blood clots, dementia, breast cancer, cancer of the uterus, ovarian cancer, high blood pressure, high blood sugar, gallbladder disease, liver problems, and enlargement of benign uterus tumors (“fibroids”).

Alcohol-based gels are flammable. Avoid fire, flame or smoking until the gel has dried.

Please see Patient Information for Divigel® and talk to your healthcare provider. For more information, call 732-721-0070 or visit www.divigel.com.

You are encouraged to report negative side effects to Vertical Pharmaceuticals, LLC at 1-877-95-VERTI (1-877-958-3784), or to the FDA by visiting www.fda.gov/medwatch or calling 1-800-FDA-1088.