Vaginal Dryness: Causes and Moisturizing Treatments
How is vaginal dryness treated? continued...
Any type of estrogen product can have side effects, such as vaginal bleeding and breast pain. Topical estrogen may not be recommended for women who:
- Have breast cancer, especially if they are taking an aromatase inhibitor
- To women with a history of endometrial cancer
- To women who have undiagnosed vaginal bleeding
- To pregnant or breastfeeding women
There isn't much research on the long-term use of topical estrogen, but doctors believe it is safe to use in the long term.
In order to keep the vagina more lubricated, try using a vaginal moisturizer (Replens, Lubrin), which you can buy at your local drugstore or supermarket. You can make intercourse more enjoyable by applying a water-based lubricant (Astroglide, K-Y) beforehand. Also take your time before having sex to make sure that you are fully relaxed and aroused.
Avoid using douches, bubble baths, scented soaps, and lotions around the sensitive vaginal area. These products can worsen dryness.