Atrophic Vaginitis

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Hi Everyone!

I'm suffering from AV due to menopause. I can't take estrogen because I have had breast cancer. Does anyone know of a product available that will help that does not have estrogen? I'm miserable! Thanks for any help.

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    Hi, I have exactly the same problem and at 55 am not ready to give up my sex life, especially as I am newly remarried! I am actually considering topical oestrogen cream and even though I have had breast cancer I feel my quality of life is being affected.
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    Hello Ladies,

    This problem is much more widespread than people know. I too am post menopausal, have had breast cancer and 55. Oestrogen is not available to me either. I have tried all the vaginal moisturizers available and am now working my way through sexual lubricants. I was told by my GP that there was nothing else she could do. There must be an answer out there! The best thing I have found so far is 'Yes' a lubricant available online from the maufacturers. Just type in Yes! and you will find the website. Please share if you find another answer!

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    Replens which comes in a 35g tube with applicator and last for up to 3 days is very good too. Non hormonal, no oestrogen so safe to use for everyone,

    My daughter has gone through an early menopause so I'm constantly searching and researching ways to help her.

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    Hi ladies just a footnote; do have a proper checkup. I assumed that my difficulties were due to my lack of oestrogen post breast cancer but have now found out I have an anterior vaginal wall partial prolapse which needs surgery to correct. My advice would be to eliminate other possibilities as well. I have tried all the vaginal moisturizers and find them ineffective. Lubes work better for me.
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    It's such a complicated area to comment in, my daughter, in her early 20's was put into an early menopause to try to eliminate other problems she was having. In hospital as I type, scan, cat scan and various tests cannot pinpoint the pain she is having and has had for many years. They are going to try reversing the menopause (!) now to see if it helps......
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    Hello.

    I am sorry to hear of you having breast cancer. I do volunteer with Susan G Komen at times in Wisconsin.

    I have also dealt with Atrophic Vaginitis and had heard nothing of it; I was miserable. After a long drawn out series of test etc., my Internal Medicine doctor prescribed an ointment (not the cream) called Triamcinolone! What a 100% relief and disappearance of the spots that were biopsied (for the thought of cancer).

    Please if you still suffer from AV, this is the soulution!

    I truly hope you get this and find relief.

    I pray your breast cancer is in remission and you are a breast cancer survivor to share your story. God bless you.

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      Hello

      i just came across your blog.  I have Atrophic Vaginitis and am taking Vagifem 10mg twice a week.......finally the past couple of months feel normal again.  I also dealt with the ECOLI  UTI's. Dr. Gives me CIPRO for that. Haven't had one of those in a couple of months...such a blessing.  I have read on other blogs that many ladies that have Atrophic Vaginitis get these ?? Which explains a lot in my case.  I see that you recommend Triamcinolone.....Do you still and did it help with the discomfort? It has been over a year ago since your post so I thought I would check with you.  I pray I can keep this under control!

      i hope you are well!

      thank you

      Wendy

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      Hi Wendy..

      I am hoping you will answer as I am desperate. :-(  For the past 7  months I have had pain and burning inside my vagina and also soreness around the vaginal opening which makes it difficult to sit. My vagina and labia are very dry.  I am in constant pain around the clock.

      Finally, after about ten doctor visits (varying doctors) I was prescribed vagifem.  I took it daily for two weeks and now twice per week.  I have been doing this for 5 weeks now and have had no relief.  

      Can you please tell me in more detail what your symptoms were and how long it took for the vagifem to work for you?

      Thank you so much Wendy.  I really need some support right now as I am so depressed over this, have anxiety and feel like my life has been robbed from me.

      I am so happy you have found relief with Vagifem

      Blessings,

      Lisa

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      Hello Lisa

      My heart goes out to you.....I hear your pain.....hang in there girl!!.... sometimes it takes longer to feel normal again.  I was diagnosed by my GYN Doctor almost two years ago that I had this Atrophic Vaginitis....thinning of the vaginal walls and recommended then to take Vagifem.....however I did not do that as I had no symptoms.......unfortunately I had another UTI months later...after UTI, I still felt like I had one until I found out that it was due to the AV.....ugh!! My doctor had me use estrogen cream on the outside then had to use on inside for 14 days then started the Vagifem 2 X a week.....it took awhile for the uncomfortable feeling to go away and feel normal again....almost 2 months.  I have been on Vagifem for over 6 months now and actually feel normal.....there is hope Lisa.  I was just as you are now and worried that I would have to feel that discomfort for good!!  After I started to feel better I made a mistake and cut back on the Vagifem and started to feel discomfort again....needless to say I went right back on Vagifem.  I have GYN appointment next week so I have questions like is there another more natural med or cream instead of the Vagifem.  I will let you know what he says.  Before I was told I had this I never heard of AV.  Unfortunately  it has also affected intimacy with my husband sad.  

      I hope this helps .  Let's keep in touch.

      Blessings,

      Wendy

      are you in the US?

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      Lisa, I TOTALLY understand. Lack of anwsers from drs add to depression. Did any of the drs do an exam? I love research; I speak medical too - end up  looking for info in medical journals both US and Europe. Are you sexually active? Menopause? too many women suffer in silence; yet also suffer from lack of info. your symptoms sound very familar. Not just my experience but I am racking my brain trying to recall if read something about this. Self-exam may be helpful. OH - when my ex & I first began having sex, I went from yeast infection to bacterial infection to yeast... miserable- dryness, irritated feeling...I finally asked one of the gyno drs worked with. end result- i could only use Dove soap; he used soaps like Dial, Zest... perfumed. so once he switched to Dove... months of worry & discomfort only to find it was his soap....

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      Hi Lisa

      ?I hope things are working out for you.  For what felt like all of 2016 I suffered from UTI's which my GP practice nurse assumed was to do with my diabetes.  So I went through anti-biotic after anti-biotic all last year but nothing seemed to work except Cepalexin which whilst it cures the UTI for a while causes Thrush. Anyway, my actual doctor decided to see me, did an internal and told me I have Thrush and VA.  This was in December 2016.  She put me on Vagifem.  All seem well for about 5 weeks then I started getting real bad pain down below. A real dull painful ache.  I went back and she changed me to Esteroil Cream.  This seemed to be working so well until about 3 weeks ago when I noticed blood spotting when I went to the loo.  Very small amount and only lasted 3 days on first pee in the morning. I ignored it for a while but about a week ago I noticed another spotting.  Just the one but enough to make me contact my GP.  I am now scheduled in for a Post Menopausal Bleeding clinic appointment this Thursday.  I am terrified in case it is cancer of the womb.  But I can't help but think its the Esteroil cream causing it (I am 60 and haven't had a period in many many years and never had children).  The other odd thing is that each bleed has been after I have used the Canesten cream for the Thrush.  Its all so alarming.  I know I don't want the transvaginal ultrasound as I am not sexually active and currently suffering with another UTI and Thrush.  So I am going to ask for an abdominal ultrasound instead (I hope they will agree) and if that shows anything suspect then I intend to ask for an MRI.  The failsafe is to ask for a hysterectomy.  Has anyone suffered like me?

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      Hello Lisa

      i haven't heard from you in awhile and have been wondering how you are.  I am hoping maybe no news from you Means that you have relief.  Please let us know how you are doing....has the Vagifem finally helped?

      Would love to hear from you.

      best,

      Wendy

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