When women in my practice have vaginal dryness or atrophy, I typically start by recommending a vaginal moisturizer
. The key is to be faithful, using the moisturizer at least two times each week. Yes
is the most popular vaginal moisturizer at MiddlesexMD
; the fact that it's available in pre-filled applicators is definitely a plus for women who don't like the mess of other options! If the dryness or atrophy is not effectively managed with a moisturizer (which can happen over time), then I add a vaginal (localized
) estrogen product
. I should also mention that a new oral medication for vaginal dryness or pain was approved by the FDA this summer. Non-hormonal, it's called Osphena and is available by prescription. Because it's oral, there's no mess! But you do need to make the consistent commitment, again, to regular use.
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