Vaginal Dryness Solutions

Posted by leesal123 @leesal123, Nov 25, 2022

Good Evening! Question for all, I was taking anastrozole for ADH diagnosis but had to stop because of side effects. I am left with extreme vaginal dryness and atrophy thanks to the med and menopause. What do people use to help? My doctor( GYN and breast surgeon in agreement) has prescribed a low dose vag estrogen cream( pea size 3 x a week), but I need something topical too for the in between days. I am overwhelmed by the choices on the market and the whole trial-and-error process. Also trying to find one that is paraben free and properly pH balanced. I wish there was a vitamin one could take to solve the discomfort! ugh. 🙂 Please know I am not looking for medical advice, just trying to find out what is out there and what has worked for some. I just stare at the aisle in the store and online pulls up so many options. I have been very frustrated. I figure women need to talk about this kind of stuff to get help.

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Whew! I hear you. I have tried SO many different cream lotions even the laser treatment called Mona Lisa which was performed by my gynecologist. That procedure did help but quite temporary. The best thing I’ve found on the market is called Vmagic. I bought it online and have had the best success. There are no hormones which was important. Good luck!

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I have been using Clobetasol Propionate Cream .05% for 7 years now for outer vaginal atrophy. I also used a low dose estrogen cream for a while but no longer take because even it has some estrogen which my cancer feeds on.
The co pay is only a couple of dollars for the clobetasol and a little goes a long way. You need a prescription from your Dr. I get mine from my primary.
I tried many over the counter creams and nothing worked as well as clobetasol cream.
I developed vaginal atrophy shortly after starting letrozole.
Can’t function without it. Vaginal atrophy is so painful.

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@leesal123 I’ve had vaginal dryness for so long and it is painful. I have reaction to many OTC products because they all have propylene glycol in them. I’m allergic, which I learned from all the burning sensation. I bought so many and finally researched enough to find out this was in all of them. The Only one I’ve found that Does Not have propylene glycol in it is AstroGlide Gel. The liquid has it in it and all those ‘warming’ liquids are Bad for me.
I will not take any estrogen cream no matter how small a percentage. Thank you for your post. Blessings

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@leesal123
There is a discussion in Women's Health that addresses vaginal dryness and atrophy. It's been an ongoing struggle for me for different reasons (menopause and pelvic radiation therapy). I cannot use vaginal estrogen cream (I was prescribed estradiol) anymore because of uterine cancer.

https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/vaginal-atrophy/

I think if you read through this discussion you will see that our "solutions" and what worked and did not work for the women who posted here.

Please let me know if you have other questions or if I can help you find products.

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@sequoia

@leesal123 I’ve had vaginal dryness for so long and it is painful. I have reaction to many OTC products because they all have propylene glycol in them. I’m allergic, which I learned from all the burning sensation. I bought so many and finally researched enough to find out this was in all of them. The Only one I’ve found that Does Not have propylene glycol in it is AstroGlide Gel. The liquid has it in it and all those ‘warming’ liquids are Bad for me.
I will not take any estrogen cream no matter how small a percentage. Thank you for your post. Blessings

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@sequoia I am so sorry! So frustrating. Atrophy was a new one for me. Basically it's when there is
thinning, drying and inflammation of the vagina from low estrogen. I have been given suggestions by different doctors for moisturizers such as Good Clean Love which looks so far to have pretty clean ingredients, organic virgin coconut oil as a topical, revaree which is a vaginal suppository, and then replens- which seems to have ingredients I need to investigate more. Then you have the whole lubricant side to think about.
Some work best as a moisturizer and some only as a short term lubricant. I wish there was more research to support women in this area so it wasn't such a trial and error process. The more I talk with friends about this the more I have found they are suffering in silence. Positive thoughts your way!

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@naturegirl5

@leesal123
There is a discussion in Women's Health that addresses vaginal dryness and atrophy. It's been an ongoing struggle for me for different reasons (menopause and pelvic radiation therapy). I cannot use vaginal estrogen cream (I was prescribed estradiol) anymore because of uterine cancer.

https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/vaginal-atrophy/

I think if you read through this discussion you will see that our "solutions" and what worked and did not work for the women who posted here.

Please let me know if you have other questions or if I can help you find products.

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@naturegirl5 Thank you! Just read through the post. I had not heard of the hyal -gyno suppositories just the revaree. I will have to check them out. Again, thank you for directing me to that discussion. 😀

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@leesal123

@naturegirl5 Thank you! Just read through the post. I had not heard of the hyal -gyno suppositories just the revaree. I will have to check them out. Again, thank you for directing me to that discussion. 😀

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@leesal123 I’m glad the discussion was helpful to you. I ordered a subscription for the Hyalo suppositories and received a break in cost and regular deliveries. I use them 2 to 3 times a week. They are so easy to use. I put some Good Clean Love lubricant on them to make them easier to insert. It’s all trial and error and sharing with one another, right?

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@leesal123

@sequoia I am so sorry! So frustrating. Atrophy was a new one for me. Basically it's when there is
thinning, drying and inflammation of the vagina from low estrogen. I have been given suggestions by different doctors for moisturizers such as Good Clean Love which looks so far to have pretty clean ingredients, organic virgin coconut oil as a topical, revaree which is a vaginal suppository, and then replens- which seems to have ingredients I need to investigate more. Then you have the whole lubricant side to think about.
Some work best as a moisturizer and some only as a short term lubricant. I wish there was more research to support women in this area so it wasn't such a trial and error process. The more I talk with friends about this the more I have found they are suffering in silence. Positive thoughts your way!

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@leesal123 thank you for your response. I’ve been dealing w/ this for so long, pretty soon you just give up. But I have a loving relationship with my DH and this aspect of the relationship & togetherness is important. I have a tendency for UTIs so I’m so careful. Don’t need to add fuel to the fire (literally). I’ve used Replens in the past until I had UTI. 🥲. I’ve Hearn about Luveen but haven’t tried. Part of the problem is ladies don’t feel comfortable talking w/ other women about this unless it’s a close friend. I’ve got to get active about ‘Trying’ products again. Thank you for your suggestions & encouragement.

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@naturegirl5

@leesal123 I’m glad the discussion was helpful to you. I ordered a subscription for the Hyalo suppositories and received a break in cost and regular deliveries. I use them 2 to 3 times a week. They are so easy to use. I put some Good Clean Love lubricant on them to make them easier to insert. It’s all trial and error and sharing with one another, right?

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@naturegirl5 I think it's the trial and error part that bugs me! It just seems like there should be a simpler solution and this is also something that should be talked about more. I think of those commercials for ED and I wonder if the woman smiling in the background is actually thinking in her head about her vagina atrophying or the dryness. 😀 Positive thoughts your way!

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@leesal123 You are so right. When have we ever seen a commercial for vaginal dryness due to atrophy and a product that would helpful! I could say more about what the smiling man would be thinking in the background but I will desist.

I have a little basket with different types and kinds of moisturizers and lubricants. It's my little buffet and I select one for the occasion. 😏. Kind and gentle energy coming your way.

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