• Vaginal dryness & chemo

    Asked by 813bubbie on Wednesday, September 23, 2015

    Vaginal dryness & chemo

    I have severe vaginal dryness & I just that chemo can add to that. Any product suggestions.

    19 Answers from the Community

    19 answers
    • Mika's Avatar
      Mika

      There a product for this you can get it at Walmart ..I forgot the name just go to the female product section..it cost about 12 dollars

      about 5 years ago
    • geekling's Avatar
      geekling

      Mika, please, lol, try to remember the name :)

      about 5 years ago
    • debsweb18's Avatar
      debsweb18

      Ask your Dr for dhea suppositories. Otc lubes just did the do the job.

      about 5 years ago
    • geekling's Avatar
      geekling

      Radiation doesn't necessarily affect your hormone levels, debsweb18. It abrides the inner vaginal tissues. My blood levels are just fine. :(

      about 5 years ago
    • luvnlife's Avatar
      luvnlife

      813bubbie, see the post I put on your other question.

      about 5 years ago
    • cam32505's Avatar
      cam32505

      I've seen ads for new prescription meds for this problem, but it says not to take if you've had breast or uterine cancer, so need to be aware that many of these products are hormone based and will be a problem.

      about 5 years ago
    • ghorselady's Avatar
      ghorselady

      I have had this problem for years. estrogen cream, prescription only. Doctors have told me over the years that the amount of estrogen is small, plus external application means no problems. My cancer is not estrogen driven. However, in an excess of caution, I now use Replens. You can get it in drugstore or online. My oncologist suggested extra virgin olive oil.

      about 5 years ago
    • Horselady46's Avatar
      Horselady46

      My doctor told me to use pomegranate oil. It works great and is inexpensive. I bought it on amazon.

      about 5 years ago
    • CAS1's Avatar
      CAS1

      Vagifem used a few times per wk. Is a great product..prescription from Dr.

      about 5 years ago
    • Pinny's Avatar
      Pinny

      Dot of lidocaine right before intercourse and the name of the product in Walmart is Replens.

      about 5 years ago
    • debsweb18's Avatar
      debsweb18

      GEEKLING radiation isn't the problem. I take aromasin and it strips my body of hormones. I also meant to say that otc replens etc hasn't helped. Dhea has given me me a lot of relief and has been approved for er positive breast cancer.
      Pinny I just read about lidocaine helping. Do you need an rx?

      about 5 years ago
    • geekling's Avatar
      geekling

      @horselady, thanx and thank your doctor. Look at items number 4 & 5

      http://www.healthbeckon.com/pomegranate-seed-oil-benefits/

      I have a wholesalers license so I ordered the oil from my herbal supplier.

      There is zero downside to pomegranate oil, @debsweb18 so I'm starting there. I've no use for Replens or for premarin. @CAS1 mentions and another lady I respect uses Vagifem. I'm setting that aside for the same reasons although I do hear good things about it actually doing the trick asked of it. It always seems that if there is a side effect to be felt, it is felt by me.

      @Pinny .. doesn't the lidocaine dull feeling?

      Best healing wishes for each of us, ladies

      about 5 years ago
    • maewia7's Avatar
      maewia7

      I use Replens. Easily available on Amazon. It has NO hormones. Works great. Sorry ghorselady, I just couldn't bring myself to use a cream with estrogen. No matter what the doctor said, I had just had all that radiation and brachytherapy plus take hormone suppressants. With the huge risk of recurrence on the vaginal cuff, it just didn't make sense to put a hormone cream right in that area!!!

      about 5 years ago
    • Notboring's Avatar
      Notboring

      Live a products are estrogen free

      about 5 years ago
    • Notboring's Avatar
      Notboring

      I'm sorry it's called Luvena

      about 5 years ago
    • schweetieangel's Avatar
      schweetieangel

      I was prescribed Vagifem as well from my doctor. Did you mention it to your oncologist.. they will be able to tell you what to use as well when i told mine she gave me a precription,

      about 5 years ago
    • Beach1040's Avatar
      Beach1040

      3 years out. -/-/+ Replens didn't work for me. Gyn with consult with oncologist prescribed Vagifem. Works pretty good, when I remember to use it on a regular basis (that's the hard part). Even though I wasn't estrogen +, I still have a nagging in the back of my head about using an estrogen product. And, oh by the way, it's expensive. I'm looking into the MonaLisa Touch procedure. (Laser to the vag & makes collagen regrow) Also expensive, and I'd have to travel a couple hours away to have it done, but it sure sounds promising.

      about 5 years ago
    • ghorselady's Avatar
      ghorselady

      Beach 1040. Let us know how mona lisa works out. I wonder if it interferes with brachytherapy????

      about 5 years ago
    • sheila56's Avatar
      sheila56

      My OB just told me about "KY Liquibeads." I found it at Target; couldn't find it at Walmart; at least I went to two different stores and they didn't have it. She told me this product did not have any hormones in it.

      about 5 years ago

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