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Is there anything a woman of 68 can do to create more moistue in the vagina other than using estrogens?

By Anonymous December 8, 2014 - 6:46pm
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Is there anything an older woman of 68 can do to create more moisture in
the vagina other than using estrogens?

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Hi Anon

Thank you for your question! 

Non-hormonal vaginal lubricants can help decrease friction and discomfort during intercourse. These must be water-based and designed for vaginal use. Vaginal moisturizers can help relieve dryness and rebalance the acidity of the vagina. You may prefer a moisturizer if you have irritation or burning that is not limited to sexual activity.  These lubricants can be bought at any pharmacy.

Choose water-based lubricants to help reduce discomfort during intercourse. Look for products especially designed for vaginal use. Be sure to avoid petroleum jelly and oil-based products. These can damage condoms and diaphragms and increase the likelihood of infection. Body lotions and hand creams contain alcohol and perfumes that can increase vaginal irritation.

Nonprescription vaginal moisturizers that can be used alone or along with LET are also available.

Avoid products that can irritate vaginal tissues, including:

  • Douches
  • Harsh soaps
  • Bubble baths and bath oils

Do your best to stay healthy and active. A balanced diet and regular exercise are good for body and mind. In particular, drink lots of water (to keep tissues moist), and do not smoke cigarettes. Women who smoke have more severe symptoms of vaginal atrophy.

Regular sexual activity can actually help improve natural lubrication and maintain the elasticity of your vaginal tissues. Of course, avoid anything that hurts, but explore sensual massages and other forms of touching and intimacy that feel good to you.

Anon, I know you don't want to use hormones - do you mean general hormone therapy or would you be interested in local therapy? Local EstrogenTherapy (LET) is used specifically for vaginal dryness only and considered a safe option. 

I hope this information helps you, Anon!



December 9, 2014 - 6:29am
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