After my DD's birth, i had some vaginal dryness while lactating, and just using a lubricant for intercourse was all I needed. Now my DS is 7 months old, and the problem seems worse. Since august (when he was 5 months old), it seems to have escalated. now i'm irritated very easily, not in my vagina but my labia - like wiping hurts, washing just with water is irritating, and sex is painful (externally, not internally). once it is irritated, it stings when it's touched by pee, tp, etc.
1) anybody else BTDT? i'm feeling like a freak...
2) i read online some treatments, including estrogen, estrogen creams, vaginal moisturizers, wild yam cream. i want to use the LEAST chemical/invasive treatment i can - what has worked for you?
3) is this going to continue until he weans? can my diet change anything?
This isn't a problem of needing a lubricant for intercourse - we do, and it's not bothering me internally. but my external vulva tissue is thin, easily irritated and hurt, etc.
i'm using an herbal salve that helps, but isn't directed to addressing vaginal dryness per se.
I hope you get it resolved quickly!!
i use the actual plant, because even the health food store kind you can buy has vitamin c in it and it can sting.
hope you feel better soon
My midwife suggested replens vaginal solution, followed by rephresh to help balance out the ph of my vagina. She also suggested probiotics to help clear out any yeast that might be present.
I also went to see an ob/gyn that specializes in vaginitis. (Fun stuff, that is!) He took a sample of my vaginal cells, and found out that for some reason, the cells of my vaginal wall were shedding at a fast rate, and that mdae the layers of skin thinner and more likely to be irritated. I also had a symptomless yeast infection. So, I walked away with three different kinds of prescription creams, and two different yeast infection treatments. PM me if you want the names/details of the meds.
I totally get the wanting to treat as naturally as possible thing. I saw my family Dr, an ob/gyn, a naturopath, and none of them could help. It was really impacting me, it had been going on for years, and I was at the end of my rope.
The good news? For the past few weeks, I have been able to have pain free sex.
I'm curious if there's any way to increase the levels of estrogen in my body (to increase secretions) without messing with, or stopping my milk production.
Anyway, I used Replense every few days for about a month? Maybe a bit less than that. It really helped.
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Stacymom - I'm going to make an appt. with a CNM for a well-woman check-up soon. Thanks for the details of your situation - mine sounds similar!
I'll try the replens in the mean time - will pick some up at the grocery today. I've been using an herbal salve from Red Moon Herbs that has been pretty effective - but has to be applied 1-2x/day.
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