• Linda Linda
    January 03, 2011
    What can I use for vaginal dryness with painful intercourse? I am taking tamoxifen and had been on using vagifem tabs prior to my breast cancer diagnosis. I was told I could not use those anymore
    Linda Linda
    January 03, 2011

FROM OUR EXPERTS

  • Phyllis Johnson
    Health Guide
    January 04, 2011
    Phyllis Johnson
    Health Guide
    January 03, 2011

    You can use any of the over-the-counter vaginal lubricants that do not have estrogen.  Ask the pharmacist if you are not sure, but I think you will be able to tell from the wording on the label.  

  • PJ Hamel
    Health Guide
    January 03, 2011
    PJ Hamel
    Health Guide
    January 03, 2011

    This is a tough one, Linda; many women go through this, and you're not alone. I know several women (including my oncology nurse) who swear by regular applicaiotns of olive oil; not a whole lot (you're not making salad!), just a bit. You might see if your oncologist would let you use Estring, an internal ring that releases estradiol into your vagina; some think it's OK, and not enough  is absorbed into your system to hurt. Also, take a look at this page for more hints. Best of luck to you - PJH

    • Linda
      January 03, 2011
      Linda
      January 03, 2011

      Thank you PJ  I will ask my oncologist.  I am not sure why, if I could use that Estring , why I couldn't use the vagifem inserts.  I only used those 2 to 3 times a week.   Seems like that would be better than something that remains inside for 90 days.

       

       

      READ MORE
    • PJ Hamel
      January 03, 2011
      PJ Hamel
      Health Guide
      January 03, 2011

      Well, there's different opinions among different oncologists as to how much potential risk is involved with what's really a topical appliation of estrogen. My onco seems to think it's OK; maybe yours is more cautious... PJH

      READ MORE
    • Linda
      January 03, 2011
      Linda
      January 03, 2011

      Yeah I guess.   I am still going to ask her if I can going to ask her again about the inserts.  Thank you guys so much for your help.  I don't know what I would do without you.  I only see my doc every three months and that is only for about 2-3 minutes.  

      READ MORE
    • PJ Hamel
      January 03, 2011
      PJ Hamel
      Health Guide
      January 03, 2011

      Glad we could help, Linda- PJ

      READ MORE

FROM OUR COMMUNITY

You should know Answers to your question are meant to provide general health information but should not replace medical advice you receive from a doctor. No answers should be viewed as a diagnosis or recommended treatment for a condition. Content posted by community members does not necessarily reflect the views of Remedy Health Media, which also reserves the right to remove material deemed inappropriate.