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2poodles 06-18-2012 03:42 PM

What do you use to help with post-menopausal dryness?
 
In the past month or so, I've begun to experience more and more vaginal dryness. (Talk about a way to spoil a good time!!) Anyone find anything more helpful than that old standby, KY jelly?

anonymous_22139 06-18-2012 03:48 PM

Saliva.....(cripes I hope this doesn't get me banned!):oops:

2poodles 06-18-2012 03:53 PM

Hahaha - I thought about labeling this thread "adult" but skipped that since the whole board is for over 40 y/o's....

tinah 06-18-2012 03:59 PM

Astroglide is better than KY. Save the KY for your hair!!!:laughing6:

RebeccaK 06-19-2012 03:57 PM

Check ingredients carefully though... if you're prone to yeast infections then you would not want to purchase anything that has glycerin in it.

I made the mistake of using the RepHresh and the Replens products without checking ingredients. Definitely feel that they missed the mark on this one by selling a product designed to relieve one issue that includes an ingredient that so often causes another one. =(

LOL I kind of like this emoticon to emphasize my feelings about this product :angryfire:

crwritt 06-20-2012 07:56 PM

coconut oil

banjocurl 06-24-2012 11:26 PM

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Originally Posted by crwritt (Post 1978636)
coconut oil

really? more details on how to use and apply?

CurlyJulia 07-01-2012 09:34 AM

It's gonna sound weird, but acupuncture and Chinese Herbs. I'm an acupuncturist, and went through menopause while in acu school (Yes, I was *way* older than my classmates!)

I had a friend do 'warm needle' treatments on the point called Ren (or CV) 4. I swear, after the first treatment I was juicy again! It was absolutely crazy. We did it weekly, but on the third week it felt hot immediately, and I knew that we were overdoing it.

The treatment is putting the needle in the point (It's below your belly button), and putting an herb 'cotton' called 'moxa' on the needle. It's then lit, and it smolders like incense. The acupuncturist has to be careful, but if you're trained to do it, there should be no problem. I use warm needle technique in clinic all the time.

The heat from the burning herb warms the needle, which sends the heat where it's needed. If you were my patient, I'd try that once every 2 weeks for three treatments. There are also good herbal formulas (your acu will know about those) that can help the transition. The dryness is just one symptom, and a damned uncomfortable one!

FWIW, I still have bouts of dryness, but 7 years after my last period they are few and far between. And I've never had the treatment again after those first three. Yes, it was miraculous for me, and YMMV, but it's worth a try!

My gyn recommended 'Replens' (OTC), and I used that for a bit.

curlypearl 07-01-2012 06:35 PM

Hormone cream which I apply about every 10 days to 3 weeks depending on how I'm doing. It's prescription though and it's not something you can use right before sex.

You'd have to see a gyno. It is less dangerous to use than hormone pills, since very little is absorbed systemically.

crwritt 07-04-2012 01:16 PM

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Originally Posted by banjocurl (Post 1981287)
Quote:

Originally Posted by crwritt (Post 1978636)
coconut oil

really? more details on how to use and apply?

Keep a jar by the bed, and use it as you would KY or whatever. A little goes a long way.

2poodles 07-05-2012 11:15 AM

Thanks for all the ideas, ladies. I might have to get some of everything suggested - and experiment until we find what works best!! Could be fun!

ajgrneyes 07-05-2012 11:23 AM

I've heard about coconut oil before but haven't tried it. at least coconut oil is all natural

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Wiggilyhair 07-10-2012 12:47 PM

A lot of the women on Power-Surge like Life-Flo estriol cream. It's available at places like iHerb and VitaCost.

spiderlashes5000 10-02-2012 03:20 PM

A gf of mine gets a prescription. It's $100/tube but all she needs is hald a pea size amount everyday. It's not just for during sex but to use daily bc I guess the dryness is a 24/7 problem. (Not sure why dryness down there is a problem, during nonsexual times but she swears it is and says this prescription ointment is a lifesaver.)

curlypearl 10-02-2012 04:45 PM

If the dryness increases you can start to hurt even when you're not having sex. Also, you can start to get UT infections. I wonder whether the prescription cream your friend is using is some form of estrogen?

RebeccaK 10-02-2012 07:59 PM

I would be curious about the estrogen content, too. As part of treatment for breast cancer (diagnosed last December), I had an oophorectomy in June. (no chemo or radiation, though, and I have been unbelievably fortunate from the start - no complaints!) My cancer was estrogen positive, though, so of course no estrogen replacement therapy.

However, my oncologist did say that there are estrogen creams that are available that are okay for ER/PR positive cancers. This guy is a research guy all the way, and he went on to say that the levels of estrogen that enter the body through a vaginal cream are not statistically significant.

I haven't asked him for this prescription yet.... but I plan on it if needed!

For now, the coconut oil suggestion from the above post has been very effective! =)

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