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Okay...so I am wondering if anyone else has experienced this. Hopefully, this isn't TMI


My son was born the end of July '06 so he is now about 8 months old. We have been bf-ing the whole time. Since ds arrived, being intimate has become nearly impossible. Anytime I even become aroused I am then unable to urinate for up to 8 hours. It is so, so painful. Way worse than giving birth


My midwife referred me to a specialist (gyn/urology) who told me she had never heard of anything like that before. She gave me a RX for estrogen cream and said maybe the problem was that since i was still bf maybe i just needed more estrogen "down there". It has seemed to help, but I worry about the hormones passing to ds...It hasn't seemed to effect my milk supply. Is this a valid concern? Also, the doc said that until I weaned ds, she didn't have any other ideas as to what may be causing this to happen- so I feel like I am in a no-win situation...

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I've heard of a lot of moms using premarin cream to help things out. I think it's different than taking a bcp w/ estrogen. BFing and sex don't work well together for me either (at least it sounds like you want to hav sex) and it's a struggle for us.
 

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I have very low estrogen while nursing. It's very common. If doctors are unfamiliar with it, that's because they're not seeing many nursing moms. Estrogen cream or an est-ring (my preference) can help.

ETA: The estrogen in the creams or rings is undetectable in your bloodstream. It's absorbed by local tissues but not systemically absorbed. Your babe will be fine.
 

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It is nice to know I am not alone! The way the doc was acting...I thought I was just really strange. Thanks for the info re: estrogen cremes and rings. That puts my mind at ease.
 
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