vagifem and vaginal dryness

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Please help i am 58 years old and married for nearly 40 years i love my husband but my sex life is so painful due to dryness and soreness.  My GP's answer is vagifem and i am so scared of the side effects but desperate to try and relieve the symptoms at the same time.  Does anyone have anything positive to say about this product.  My female GP said it is the lowest form of hrt being that it is pessaries and not oral.

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    I'm 58 and have been on two Vagifem a week since Xmas with no side effects that I am aware of. But I think that either they take ages to get into your system or they don't work so well for me. Having said that, we are all different of course. Re lubrication I have used Vit E Capsules and pricked them with a pin to get the oil out and smeared it round the outside of my vagina. Or I have also used hydromol ointment with panty liners as it can be a bit messy. Hope this helps. I've had this soreness and wanting to wee all the time for a year now. It's extremely irritating isn't it! sad
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    Hi Jackie

    I found Vagifem irritated me, but my specialist put me on Ovestin cream inserted twice weekly, it's milder and has made a huge difference.

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    Hi Jackie I have taken Vagifem on and off for 2 years without any side effects. The reason I stopped was because I was more or less cured at one stage. But your levels drop again when you stop and slowly the symptoms reoccur. Thus for some more severe cases it can be a longterm treatment. I use Sylk lubricant for intimacy I find it helpful as others seem to encourage thrush for me everyone seems to have their preference.

    Hope this helps :-)

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    I have been on vagifem twice weekly for a couple of years. No side effects as far as I know 😊 I also supplement these with Yes lubricant once or twice a week. Feel as near 'normal' as any woman my age I guess (I am 66) and I find a combination of the water based Yes and a tiny amount of the oil based lube makes all the difference on a "Saturday night. Hope you find relief very soon.
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    I am 64

    i use vitamin e capsules.

    i pierce them and rub the oil on my vagina. It helps repair the skin.

    this forum has great ideas for you

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    I've been using Vagifem for a little over 2 months.  I have not had what I consider side effects from this product. It has helped me....my vaginal tissue was white and extremely thin and fragile.  Sex has been impossible or some time.  I've been afraid to even think it might be possible.  But I had a follow up visit with my doctor last week.  Good news was that the tissue is recovering, is pink with returned blood flow.  I am 64 and the VA problem really took over my life.  The hormone dosaage is so slight and it stays local ... I was worried that it might not be safe.  But my doc explained that it really is quite safe and approriate for this problem.  I still have a way to go but this has given me hope.  Good luck and try to be patient.  This problem does take time to resolve.  
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      Thank you Pat that is really reassuring, you hear so many horror stories.  I am on day 3 and i will be patient.  I am not ready to give up my sex life at 58 but when you know it is going to hurt you tense up which makes the problem worse.
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      I've been using Vagifem twice a week for 6 months now Pat. Still not completely sorted. Although I was almost symptom free on holiday last week. But then the symptoms returned on Saturday night again when I got home. However I wasn't too bad again yesterday and I'm not too bad now either. So I'm hoping the bad days are getting less. And yes, thank you for your comments about Vagifem being safe etc. I was a bit scared myself to be honest.
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