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Aug 8, 2014 12:16AM
Due to severe side effects, I have been off my AIs since May 27th. I was on Arimidex for a year, and on Femara for six months. My MO took me off all of them.
The situation in the nether regions has improved greatly.
Even without my "safety net" of an AI, my MO still approves using a tiny amount of Premarin cream in the outer vaginal area. This prevents bleeding from atrophied vaginal tissues, and when used in the urethra, prevents incontinence, pain, and the symptoms of a UTI.
There is no lubricant on the market that can duplicate the reversal of tissue atrophy like an estrogen product can. I have to trust my MO that she knows what she's doing... I am 100% ER+, but my risk of recurrence is very low.
Now, having said that, I want to bring up a product that was mentioned several pages back: Scream Cream. No, I haven't used it, but those who have, swear by it.
Here is a link to the thread that discusses it:
The Solution To Painful Intercourse!
List of Ingredients for Scream Cream (Must be made in a
Hope this helps some of you ladies out there.
ALSO - Trader Joe's sells a very nice, relatively inexpensive Organic Virgin Coconut Oil (only ingredient) that is solid at room temperature and shelf stable. I read that one member here shaped hers into little suppository shapes and froze them for future use.
And PugMom - when I read your post, I was thinking "condoms lined with razor blades" is more like it!!!
9/15/2011, IDC, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
12/5/2011 Lymph node removal: Left; Mastectomy: Left, Right; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement
8/21/2012 Reconstruction (left): Saline implant; Reconstruction (right): Saline implant
9/5/2012 Arimidex (anastrozole)
10/22/2013 Femara (letrozole)
7/15/2021, IDC: Papillary, Left, <1cm, Stage IA, ER+/PR+, HER2-