Non-Estrogen Options for Vaginal Dryness
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?
Kevin Fox, MD, Medical Oncologist at Penn , responds:
There does not appear to be an immediate need for vaginal estrogen, so I think you are correct to avoid it. The best vaginal lubricants that do not contain estrogen-like substances are brands like Astroglide and KY.
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.
This question and answer was part of the OncoLink Brown Bag Chat. Series, View the Life After Breast Cancer transcript.