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Sex Matters: What About Vaginal Hormones?

By on November 6th, 2014 Categories: Sex Matters

We’ve discussed vaginal and vulvar dryness and some conservative measures that can be used to help treat symptoms, including nonhormonal vaginal moisturizers that help hydrate the tissues and vaginal lubricants that can make intercourse and sex more comfortable. The question that many women diagnosed with breast cancer often ask is, “What about vaginal hormones? Are they safe? Can we use them?” In this month’s column, …

Sex Matters: Vaginal Dilators

By on September 3rd, 2014 Categories: Sex Matters

Let’s continue to build on what we’ve already discussed in previous columns with vaginal dryness, moisturizers, and lubricants. As we discussed, vaginal atrophy (thinning and dryness of the vaginal tissues) happens when estrogen levels drop during and after menopause, or as a result of cancer treatment that interferes with estrogen levels.

For some women, vaginal dryness and pain go hand in hand. Some women experience …

Sex Matters: Vaginal Moisturizers and Lubricants

By on August 21st, 2014 Categories: Sex Matters

In the last column, we discussed the issues of vaginal dryness and the troublesome symptoms that many women experience as a result of this medical condition. Vaginal burning, itchiness, and pain can impact a woman’s sex life and overall sexual self-esteem, or how she views herself as a sexual being. We mentioned the importance of vaginal moisturizers and lubricants, and in today’s column, we …

Sex Matters: Vaginal Dryness

By on August 6th, 2014 Categories: Sex Matters

Many women who have treatment for breast cancer develop early menopause or report that their menstrual cycles have stopped for 12 months in a row. Most women recognize that hot flashes and mood changes are associated with the menopause, but they don’t always identify vaginal dryness and painful sex as part of the constellation of symptoms they are experiencing as they move through the menopausal …

Hot Topic: Chilling the Hot Flashes

By on August 22nd, 2013 Categories: Day-to-Day Matters, Treatment & Side Effects

I hear the term “excessive heat warning” from our local weathercasters and think they are talking about me. My hot flashes are so intense I can raise the temperature in a room a few degrees simply by standing in it. If you have never experienced a hot flash, think of feeling — without warning — of suddenly standing outside on a blistering summer day dressed …

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