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Hi ladies,have been reading alot of your posts here.I am at the beginning of this confuseing,anxiety ridden jorney.At the moment,my usual gyno never mentioned the word atrophy,second opinion is when I found out I have it.Right away she wanted me to start HR.I then read on the net that a visit to a dermatologist might help as most of my symptoms are concerning the vulva,irritation,itching etc.Well she said the vulva has no sign of atrophy. So now what am I to think?I know I have the vaginal atrophy,but now unsure of the vulva irriation caus.I am so confused.Vaginal Atrophy so far,no real symptoms (internally).All mostly external accept I do get times where I need to use the Bathroom more etc.I go back to the gyno this week.She and dermatologist have me on hydrocortisone one percent as they claim will not caus thinning and will help with irritation.I use cetphil,but now usually just water,wear one size bigger cotton underwear and if i sit wrong still feel uncomfortable from that.Any ideas on what to do next.I am so confused.I no longer have sex,my husband has low testosterone.So thats not an issue.Though feels sad and depressing .I do have anxiety and this has not helped the situation.Thanks for any input.I am scared of using the hormone treatment but am sick of feeling so uncomfortable.Regarding vitamin E..isnt that a bit messy?Windering if I used that wouldnt I have to use a pad.Scared that would caus more irritation as the outside of me can get quite irritated.I would only be using it on the outside.

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    Hi Lee

         I use Vitimin E natural gel capsuls. Poke a pin in one end  and spread all over inside and it works very well. To avoid the messy, I do this just before getting into bed and you just have to put a light day panty liner on your underwear, not a pad. Most of the Vitimin is aborbed nicely and it really works well to soothe. I use 2  100 IU capsuls before bed and you should make sure it is the natural Vitimin E, nothing extra added to it.

                                                  Lynn

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    Lea, I had similar problems to you some years back - problems weren't internal but just outside the vagina  with irritation.  I kept  using vagisil cream but wasn't really happy about keep using it, although it did work, but then I started using organic coconut oil and that worked REALLY well BUT it was messy and the oil didn't just go on knickers - it would go right through them and through to jeans etc.  Then I started using the hyalaronic pessaries and that seemed to mostly deal with it apart from the odd day when I'd use a hyalaronic acid wipe - these were both from the menopause plus range of balance active.  Anyone on here knows my feeling about any hormone treatment because I had endometrial cancer after my doctor overdosed me with estrogen pessaries, and I then found the warnings all over the manufacturers site about them causing endometrial cancer!  But I realise that some may feel they have to resort to that but at least they can make informed decisions on it.  But I'm sure you'll get LOTS of ideas on here, so you'll find something that works well for you:-)  I don't know what you're using in the shower/bath, but ditch the soap if you're using that.
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    Hi Lee. My experience has been helped by using an aloe based (water based) natural lubricant (even without using it for intercourse). Also, I started taking a probiotic at the recommendation of my holistic gynecologist and my symptoms are much better. I use a small amount of lubricant in the insertion tube and use a few drops of vitamin E oil. I understand the anxiety part. What made it worse for me was using coconut oil--it actually over-dried the vulvo-vaginal tissue. Water based is best.
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    A dermatologist will not tell you anything about your vaginal canal as they only deal with the external skin.

    I'm suggesting you read up on lichen sclerosus on this site. There is some cross over between lichen sclerosus and  vaginal atrophy, however there are also some symptoms that are very specific to lichen sclerosus. It's not well known and often misdiagnosed especially in the earlier stages.

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    Okay, I suggested that because it sounds like you have a diagnosis internally but don't know what's going on externally. I hope you find some relief soon. 
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      Thanks i know atrophy can also affect the vulva..just wish a doctor would be more definite with whats going on with me..sadly lots of issues can affect that area besides atrophy.very expensive and confuseing.Thanks for your input.
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    I was wondering if anyone had tried the product  vagisil prohydrate external hydrating gel?  I'm wondering about trying it.
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