Swelling of vaginal wall with vagifem and Regelle - has anyone else had this?

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Having suddenly become very dry down there, I tried vagifem recently on the recommendation of my GP who said it will only get worse with time (yeah, thanks for that cheery thought!). I swelled up so much inside over the first week of daily use that I had to stop - by the end of the week I couldn't even get a finger in, let alone my hubby! No irritation though. The swelling then rapidly subsided and I tried non-hormonal rehydration with Regelle (water based vaginal moisturiser) - after just one application I started to swell up again, so stopped that too. These 2 products have no ingredients n common that I may be allergic to. I am reluctant to try anything else, fearful of the toll this is taking on my vag. Tried hyalofemme some time ago on the outer bits to help with fragile skin there post severe thrush infection but that just stung me. My consultant is mystified by this swelling. Has anyone else experienced this? It would be really useful to know. And, also, did you find the cause?

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    Your poor poor woman. It's bad enough having a dry lady area and having to treat it let alone having swelling from products. On here someone recommended Yes, there is an oil based and water based version. I went with the oil base and it helps, because it's oil based it "stays in place", then I top it up with another water based one if having sex. I'm waiting to see my gyney as after two years it's got worse. Just wanna see if there is anything hormone based that will work. I got Yes from Amazon. Good luck and let me know how u go xx
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      Hi Jennifer, I already use oil based Yes.

       - during intercourse and just apply it anyway during the day. Also coconut oil. Oil based seems to be the only thing I can use. I tried water based Yes, Woohoo and Sylk lubes and they all stung me. Water based Yes was the least irritating but detectable. I know they recommend using it on top of the oil based during intercourse to produce a double glide effect (oil and water don't mix). I have found that pure silicone lube is very very slippery and doesn't irritate me.

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    Hi

    I was also on Vagifem and this seemed to happen to me also and it felt like I could not even insert the blue applicator sometimes. I have stopped using it and am using Balance Activ instead as I am not confident in the safety of it. I have been off it for 3 weeks and am doing ok without it. Doctor is not always correct and what works for one does not work for another. Think it has helped me but felt it was time to try something more natural and I was worried about the swelling and breast cancer risk.

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      I have tried Balance Activ because it is oil based, which seems to be all I can tolerate plus hyaloronic acid. I think it made me swell a bit. I may try it again tho.
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      Thanks for letting me know about your experience with vagifem by the way - it's nice to know I'm not the only one! My consultant is mystified by the swelling.
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