Q: Is my vaginal moisturizer causing yeast infections?

Q&A on women's sexual health

What you describe is "clumps" of discharge, which might be consistent with a yeast infection except that you have no other symptoms  (redness or itching, for example). It's also unlikely that this is skin cells sloughing. What's most likely is that you're having a reaction to some of the ingredients of the moisturizer: I'd recommend that you try another variety and see if you have the same symptoms. 

Women typically see maintenance results in four to six weeks of twice-a-week application of vaginal moisturizers. And I do recommend the use of moisturizers! Moisturizers and lubricants are the simplest steps women can take to maintain vaginal tissue and comfort during intimacy.


Dr. Barb DePree MD
Dr. Barb DePree MD

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