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Doctor insights on: Natural Relief Vaginal Dryness Due To Breastfeeding

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Any natural way to increase vaginal lubrication? What could cause dryness. Even with arousal ?

Anxiety: Is not most common cause. Relax and take some deep breaths. If that doesn't work, there are many otc lubrication preparations available at the drug store. ...Read more

Vaginal Dryness (Definition)

Vaginal dryness is the sensation that comes with a lack of the normal secretions and/or thinning of the skin in the vagina. There are many causes of vaginal dryness. It may be caused by reduced estrogen levels, infection, medications, and other things. If over the counter lubricants don't work, see your physician ...Read more


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I'm looking for a natural remedy to sooth and heal external vaginal burning/itching due to low estrogen. I don't want to use estrogen cream. Thanks!

I'm looking for a natural remedy to sooth and heal external vaginal burning/itching due to low estrogen.  I don't want to use estrogen cream. Thanks!

Atrophic vaginitis: It's tough to find a topical substitute for Premarin (conjugated estrogens) or Estradiol cream for use on atrophic vaginitis. You could dry KY long lasting to improve overall moisture and intake of soy, which is a phytoestrogen may have a slight effect. Just make sure your gyn has ruled out lichen sclerosis and infection as the possible cause. Estradiol cream by the way is actually made from soy beans. ...Read more

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I have dryness from birth control. which is better to use- replens or luvena?

I have dryness from birth control.  which is better to use- replens or luvena?

Luvena: I would personally recommend Luvena. However please take advice from your physician before making the decision. ...Read more

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Vaginal itching and unusual vaginal dryness after taking wrong OTC yeast infection medicines actually had BV ?

Vaginal itching and unusual vaginal dryness after taking wrong OTC yeast infection medicines actually had BV ?

Possible: If you mean that you treated for yeast but are afraid you have bvv instead. You may need to see your doctor for an accurate diagnosis. ...Read more

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Is there any natural way for vaginal lubrication, or food that can help produce lubrication?

Is there any natural way for vaginal lubrication, or food that can help produce lubrication?

Foreplay: It's important to not skimp on foreplay, because it's during this time that your body gets aroused and increases vaginal lubrication. Most women need more time than men to become fully aroused. It's normal for vaginal lubrication to decrease after menopause. A water-based lubricant can help. Staying hydrated and avoiding harsh soaps near your vagina will help with lubrication. ...Read more

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24 weeks pregnant. No yeast infection or BV but external vaginal moisture bothers me. Can i use vaseline/petroleum jelly externally as a moisture barrier without risk to my unborn baby?

24 weeks pregnant. No yeast infection or BV but external vaginal moisture bothers me. Can i use vaseline/petroleum jelly externally as a moisture barrier without risk to my unborn baby?

No contraindication: If there is no infection, I see no medical contraindication to the use of petrolatum externally. I would discuss this further with your OB/Gyn to make sure you are not missing anything, however. ...Read more

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Can vaginal dryness occur after treatment for a yeast infection? If so, what are ways to treat the dryness?

See Below: Vaginal dryness occurs when the ovaries produce a decreased amount of estrogen. This can occur at certain times in a woman's life, and may be permanent or temporary. Certain medications can cause this and some women experience this after treatment of a yeast infection. Use vaginal moisturizer and if not better, need to be seen by GYN. ...Read more

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Does mild to moderate prolapse (no uterus) cause vaginal dryness or is it caused from lack of hormones during menopause?

Does mild to moderate prolapse (no uterus)  cause vaginal dryness or is it caused from lack of hormones during menopause?

Hormones: The most common cause of dryness at this stage of life is menopause related. If the tissues are so prolapsed that they are exposed to the outside this may contribute to dryness also. Often estrogen cream is very effective for the dryness. ...Read more

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Extreme vaginal dryness in 21 year old. Painful intercourse even when fully aroused and using lube. Cause of vaginal dryness?

Extreme vaginal dryness in 21 year old. Painful intercourse even when fully aroused and using lube. Cause of vaginal dryness?

Vaginal dryness: A lack of vaginal lubricity can be due to a thinning vaginal lining (epithelium) caused by low levels of estrogen hormone. A GYN MD can do a maturation index on a vaginal sample and determine the lack of impact of estrogen on those epithelial cells. Without a multi-folded(rugated)/crypted vagina, moisture will not be forthcoming. This is common in post menopausal women, but not your age. See MD. ...Read more

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Vaginal dryness and luck of libido are my problems. Should I use estrogen pessary for dryness or progesterone bioidentical cream for libido or both ?

Vaginal dryness and luck of libido are my problems. Should I use estrogen pessary for dryness or progesterone bioidentical cream for libido or both ?

Hormones help: Given your symptoms, i agree that a combination of an estrogen and progestogen would probably help. Ideally, the lowest effective dose should be used. There's still no valid literature stating that "bioidentical" hormones have any advantage over standard preparations. ...Read more

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What medication can I take during pregnancy to help reduce recurrent vaginal yeast infections?

What medication can I take during pregnancy to help reduce recurrent vaginal yeast infections?

Make sure it's yeast: Studies show that many "yeast infections" are bacterial imbalances or even normal secretions. During pregnancy, an increase in discharge is normal. It's best to have your provider do an exam to target the treatment to the correct diagnosis. During pregnancy, especially, it's best to be certain of the diagnosis. This will prevent incorrect therapy and avoid delay in identifying the true culprit. ...Read more

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Age 25.Vaginal dryness from 4 days.No itching.Planning to concieve.Negative pregnancy. What is the reason for vaginal dryness & how can be treated?

Age 25.Vaginal dryness from 4 days.No itching.Planning to concieve.Negative pregnancy. What is the reason for vaginal dryness & how can be treated?

Hormonal issue: Vaginal drynees frequently is caused by hormonal imbalance. The other cause can be lack of stimulation sufficient to stimulate a normal physiologic response. ...Read more

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Can natural estrogen cream cause nausea and delayed menstruation?

Can natural estrogen cream cause nausea and delayed menstruation?

Estradiol: Yes.. Estrogen can cause nausea, bloating and delayed menstruation. Need to be cautious in taking harmones as suppliments ...Read more

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Is using lubricant gel during sex can cause allergy to you?

Is using  lubricant gel  during sex can cause allergy to you?

Not all, but yes: Some lubricant gels can cause an allergic reaction to both partners. Try to use a liquid base lubricant. There are plenty at a sex shop which you can get. You may have to pay extra for a hypoallergenic product. Give it a try. ...Read more

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Can dry penile skin cause loss of feeling in penis due to rough masturbation and will lubrication and cream help to cure this problem . Help ?

Can dry penile skin cause loss of feeling in penis due to rough masturbation and will lubrication and cream help to cure this problem . Help ?

Agree: Any skin on the body that is subject to repetitive friction will thicken and callus. This can cause a decrease in sensation. Lubrication during masturbation will cut down on the friction and over time can help. ...Read more

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Estrogen pessary and progesterone cream, can both be used together to alleviate menopausal dryness and lack of libido? Or is it dangerous combination?

Estrogen pessary and progesterone cream, can both be used together to alleviate menopausal dryness and lack of libido? Or is it dangerous combination?

D/w doctor: Vaginal estrogen cream is usually the treatment of choice for women who have only vaginal dryness, if other symptoms occur then systemic hormones with estrogen and progesterone- ( only if uterus is still intact)- are used. A pessary is a device insterted in the vaginal to hold up a bladder or tissue that has fallen down and it does not have any hormones. Women with multiple childbirths may need. ...Read more

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Recovering from yeast infection. Can I use Desatin to help treat as prevent chafing on inside of the vaginal lips?

Recovering from yeast infection. Can I use Desatin to help treat as prevent chafing on inside of the vaginal lips?

Yes but one warning: Please be sure that you are not sensitive to zinc oxide on your skin. If you have used Desitin (zinc oxide diaper cream) before then you should be fine. However, if not, try it out on another body part before experimenting with your sensitive area. If you are hypersensitive to the Desitin (zinc oxide diaper cream) elsewhere, you could save yourself a lot of trouble. Baby rash powders/creams/lotions all work here, as does Lotrimin (Clotrimazole). ...Read more

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Will replens vaginal moisturizer affect ability to get pregnant? Help? Prevent?

Will replens vaginal moisturizer affect ability to get pregnant? Help? Prevent?

Most likely not: Replens normally doesn't affect sperm survivability. Also preceed mineral oil, and canola oil have not been found to compromise sperm when used as a lubricant. ...Read more

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Breastfeeding (Definition)

Breastfeeding is providing nutrition to an infant using breat milk either directly by infant latching and sucking on the nipple or by feeding via bottle with expressed breast milk (when baby has difficulty suckling). Breast milk is the best milk for any baby but ...Read more