Non-Estrogen Options for Vaginal Dryness

The University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing
Last Modified: December 13, 2011

Question:

I am interested in something other than low dose estrogen to help with vaginal dryness and spotting. Is there something 'natural' - no estrogen, no phytoestrogen, no xenoestsrogen for ER 100% positive patients?

Answer:

Carolyn Vachani, RN, MSN, AOCN OncoLink Nurse Educator adds:

Vaginal dryness is a very common problem after cancer treatment and this often leads to painful during intercourse. There are 2 products that we recommend women try- in combination. Vaginal lubricants (such as KY, astroglide, etc.) are used during intercourse. Vaginal moisturizers (Replens) are designed to help vaginal tissue regain elasticity and moisture. Replens should be used 3 times a week for a minimum of 3 months, as it can take this long to achieve the desired effects. These are non-hormonal products.
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