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What is a vaginal moisturizer? Hot Conversation

When was the last time someone told you to hydrate your vagina? Don’t worry about reaching for your reading glasses. You read it right. I would venture to guess it wasn’t any time very recent (if at all!). The truth is no one ever talks to us about it.

Think about it: every woman out there at some time or another has had someone remind them of the importance of taking care of their skin. After all, how many of us have been walking in the mall when someone at a kiosk shouts out, “What moisturizers do you use on your face?” or “Do you want to know how to look 10 years younger?” Not surprising questions considering that many women do use special facial creams and regiments to ensure that their skin is hydrated and in good health. Yet, what people don’t realize is that every part of your party ages and goes through different types of changes and stress. Why should your vagina be any different?

Have you ever lied in bed one night while being intimate with a partner and felt like your mind was there but your body was not? What people don’t realize is that there are so many causes for vaginal dryness including childbirth, menopause, medications, etc. – common occurrences in everyday life. It’s so important not to confuse lubricants with vaginal moisturizers as a way to treat this.

Pure Romance’s Fresh Start is a wonderful product that can help counteract vaginal dryness. It is an estrogen-free vaginal moisturizer, making it great for all women, including those women who cannot or do not want to use hormone replacements. It is gentle and non-irritating and helps alleviate vaginal dryness, as well as the discomfort that accompanies this condition.

It is common for women of all ages to experience vaginal dryness at some point in their life, or even within their menstrual cycle. Vaginal dryness is most common among women going through menopause, due to the decrease in estrogen that occurs at this time. Estimates vary, but as many 40% of menopausal women may experience vaginal dryness.

To use Fresh Start, fill one of the included applicators with the vaginal moisturizer and insert into the vagina, applying the liquid as far into the vaginal canal as possible. The best time to use Fresh Start is before bedtime, allowing the product ample time to absorb into the vaginal tissues. Many women find it helpful to use the product everyday for a week to 10 days, until the start to see their symptoms decrease. After that time, women can use the product two to three times a week as part of a maintenance program, to keep their vaginal tissues moisturized and prevent vaginal dryness.

So next time a girlfriend asks you what you’ve done lately to take care of your face or skin, maybe you should ask them what they’ve done to hydrate their vagina! You may get a surprised look, but you’ll be doing your part to educate someone on this very important issue!

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  1. Tamara Tamara says

    There is no way I’m asking anyone if they’ve been moisturing their oonie…but you’ve offered some very interesting information.

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  2. Generic Image Loretta603 says

    Who knew ???

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  3. JoanPrice JoanPrice says

    A Woman’s Touch has wonderful information about this —  read especially their Vaginal Renewal brochure.

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  4. hummerfriend hummerfriend says

    I must be getting old, because this is very old new! Ha, lol

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  5. Joan Barber Joan Barber says

    I am curious about Fresh Start.

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  6. SandyHeart SandyHeart says

    About 10 years ago when I was 53, I spoke to my doctor about the need for a vaginal moisturizer, she prescribed E-ring. You insert it and it was good for 90 days.I wasn’t going through menopause I had already had a hysterectomy, luckily I missed that. Then in 2005 I got a divorce and subsequently found out I didn’t need it! I just wasn’t being aroused! Duh! Don’t let anyone kid you romance and technique can make a difference.

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    • lisaforman lisaforman says

      Here here!  If you’re not being stimulated properly, you are not going to be aroused, hence the dryness.

      Secondly, I would never use any products that are not completely natural anywhere on my body, esepecially there.  We are confronted with chemicals and toxins everyday, in every area of our planet from an external level.  There is no nedd for further toxicity to be put on the inside.

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      • Spirit seeker Spirit seeker says

        I’m with you Lisa!  It’s also one of the reasons I do my research & have a number of books on my shelves regarding women’s health.  If anyone is interested in a short list of references I’d be happy to provide them! 

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      • Generic Image hannelore1 says

        Good point Deborh, it’s always bet to read about what you put on your body BEFORE you have side effects.

        Peace

        Hannelore

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      • Goldenrod Goldenrod says

        There is truth to the idea of poor stimulation equals poor arousal but I have found that if I am experiencing dryness I tense up and cannot relax and enjoy the stimulation given. May I say it becomes a double edged sword? So I believe it isnt just a matter of proper stimulation, it depends on the individuals body also. What a relief it is to find a good product that is also safe to ones health., I would encourage all women experiencing vaginal dryness to look for the proper remedy and not endure uncomfortableness.

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      • JoanPrice JoanPrice says

        Just because we’re dry doesn’t mean we’re not stimulated or aroused. Be careful not to fall into that thought trap. At a certain point in the aging process, most of us do not lubricate sufficiently for comfortable sex and need assistance. We can be totally aroused, emotionally and physically, and still not lubricate. There’s nothing wrong with us when that happens, just the need for lubricant.

        - Joan

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  7. Generic Image ruby50 says

    where can you get this product Fresh Start?

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  8. Spirit seeker Spirit seeker says

    Though I haven’t used it myself I thought I’d mention another product option:

    Replens, which is an estrogen-free vaginal moisturizer that works to restore vaginal moisture.

    According to their online info.  Clinical studies prove that Replens actually replenishes your natural moisture for days at a time. With regular use, Replens provides continuous vaginal moisture for most women.

    Replens is the #1 recommended choice by gynecologists for relieving vaginal dryness.

    Each easy-to-use disposable applicator provides long-lasting comfort which lasts for days. Replens is non-irritating, non-staining and fragrance free.

    The package contains 8 prefilled applicators (7.5 grams each) for up to a 24 day continuous supply.

    Availability And Storage: Each single-use disposable applicator delivers 2.5 g. Nonstaining, fragrance-free, paraben-free, unflavored and nongreasy.

    Nonmedicinal ingredients: carbomer 934P, glycerin, hydrogenated palm oil glyceride, mineral oil, polycarbophil, purified water and sorbic acid. Individually-wrapped prefilled applicators, boxes of 3 and 8.

    It’s definitely worth your time to investigate all ingredients in Replens as well as any other products you maybe considering.  I’m never especially thrilled with mineral oil & would need to check on the effects of the other listings here as well.

    According to what I found on a web search, Fresh Start is advertised as estrogen free – HOWEVER here’s the ingredient list I found:

     Purified water, polyquaternium 5, glycerine, propylene gycol, methylparaben, propylparaben

    PARABEN”S are estrogenic in their effect on the body, which apparently translates into potential problems with cancerous tumors, so please check with your doctors & do your research!  Find out what your body can tolerate & what is best for you.  It may be using other products will be a better choice.

    For those who have been through hysterectomies, I came across this great support site:http://www.hystersisters.com/vb2/hsarticle.php?s=&id=97216

     

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  9. Spirit seeker Spirit seeker says

    This is an all natural, estrogen & paraben-free formula, created by a Naturopathic doctor which may be a great option for many women, it’s called Her Oasis.  Great name when you think about it! 

    The site lists a number of practical  things you can do to help combat dryness in the vaginal region – from increasing your water intake (duh) to a healthy diet, avoiding douches & irritating personal care products, soaps, bubble baths & fragrances,

    • Consume foods high in phyto-estrogens. Highly recommended for vaginal dryness.
    • Kegel. Kegel exercises may help increase circulation to the pelvic area to keep tissue healthy and strong.
    • Intimacy. Regular intimacy can also help boost your body’s ability to produce vaginal moisture even after menopause. According to Mary Beard, M.D., an assistant clinical profession in the Department of Obsterics and Gynecology at the University of Utah Latter Day Saints Hospital in Salt Lake Cith, “When you have sex on a regular basis, you naturally make more lubrication. Continuing sexual activity is an important help in holding back the thinning and drying effects of menopause on vaginal tissues.” 
    • Using Vaginal Hydration Creams

     

    http://www.oasisadvancedwellness.com/products/Her-Oasis-vaginal-dryness-cream.html

    From the website:

    Her Oasis™
    All-Natural Vaginal Hydration Cream 
    Made with Organic Aloe Vera & Organic Sea Buckthorn Oil

    Nourishes – Moisturizes – Soothes – Hydrates 

    Client Endorsed | Physician Recommended | Organic Ingredients | pH Neutral

    Almost all women, at some point
    in their life time, will
    experience the frustration
    of vaginal dryness.

    10 Reasons To Use Her Oasis™ Vaginal Hydration Cream

    • Relieves symptoms of vaginal dryness, irritation, discomfort – fast!
    • Soothes, refreshes & hydrates dry tissues.
    • Best results if used frequently.
    • Can be used as a lubricant & moisturizer.
    • Made with All-natural and organic ingredients.
    • Fragrance-free.
    • Restores typical vaginal pH.
    • Glycerin-Free. Protects against Thrush (Candida albicans).
    • Hypoallergenic, no skin irritants, toxic chemicals or chemical preservatives.
    • Hormone free. Safe to use during cancer treatment
    • http://www.oasisadvancedwellness.com/products/Her-Oasis-vaginal-dryness-cream.html

    Vaginal dryness, for most women, is a direct result of lower estrogen levels that occur naturally during menopause, after the ovaries are removed and at other times in life. Estrogen actually causes the vagina to thicken. However, when estrogen decreases, the tissues of the vagina, which are naturally thin, become less elastic, drier and more fragile.

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  10. RLKMCD RLKMCD says

    Is it just me or does this read like a commercial? Not too subtlely buried under the medical information is a very clear message that if one needs a vaginal moisturizer there is a particular brand one should use. So, is this an information piece or simply a blatant advertisement for a vaginal moisture product? Uh, duhhh.

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    • Spirit seeker Spirit seeker says

      This is exactly my thought!  And it’s one of the reasons why I posted so much about the other options out there!  Hopefully the women who read the article will find the info of interest & use it to do their own research, & post it here, like I did!

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    • Spirit seeker Spirit seeker says

      Ya think???

      Straight from Patty B’s bio:

      Patty Brisben is the CEO and founder of Pure Romance Inc., the nation’s fastest-growing in-home direct sales company specializing in relationship enhancement products and intimacy education.

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  11. LadyGodiva LadyGodiva says

    My doctor signed me up for a study on vaginal dryness. When I was interviewed, I was rejected for the study because I use Flax seeds as part of my daily diet. It makes me believe Flax seeds must be somewhat benefical for dryness.

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  12. Generic Image hilandflwr says

    There is so much we aren’t told about.  Thank you for posting this!

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  13. Generic Image Pennie541 says

    If only some of the really good products available now were out there back in the 80′s and 90′s, when I was experiencing such painful intercourse that the sexual part of my marriage was at best a painful chore and at least non-existent! I like the products like Replens, which allows use 3 times per week and then whenever the opportunity presents itself, I can be ready. Having such things would really have changed a lot of things for me, and for my ex-husband!

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  14. Generic Image boni says

    I have tried just about every product on the market for vaginal dryness and they all burn me when I use them. Once the tissue gets very dry inside it atrophies and can tear very easily. When you first begin to use any cream or lubricant it’s like putting hand lotion on very chapped hands, it BURNS. Theory is that over time, the tissue will soften up, (although it hasn’t for me). I would be glad to try anything that will work, but, it’s a mistake to put it up there once and then expect to have sex immediately afterward. trust me.

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    • Patty Brisben Patty Brisben says

      This is why we are starting to train women earlier about this issue.  It’s kind of like when we are taught to take care of our skin from a very young age – the younger we start, the better we often age.  The same applies with our vaginal tissues.

      When this area is neglected there are cases of symptoms including burning and adhesions, etc. I am by no means a doctor but have over 25 years of experience working with women and it sounds to me that you may be experiencing vulva pain disorder, and I strongly reccommend a pelvic floor doctor.  I’m not sure what city you are in but we have amazing pelvic floor doctors  who sit on the board of my 501c3 foundation and I would be more than happy to put you in touch with them to find someone in your area.

      I think it is wonderful that this post has opened many’s eyes on the importance of vaginal moisturizing and the ultimate goal is to raise awareness.  There are many vaginal moisturizers on the market as you can see from many of the posts and it’s really about finding the product that is best with your body, you are most comfortable with and is approved by your health care provider.  Please don’t hesitate to let me know if you want to talk offline…

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    • Rosalyn Rosalyn says

      I too have problems with products meant for vaginal use. I can’t use some of the most prominent cures for yeast infections because they burn me like boiling water. And, like you said, once it is in there, it’s too late. I tried some new insertable ovules by KY called Liquibeads. These seem to have the desired effect, for daily use and for intercourse. I’ve found that even the daily improvements would be worth using these. Everything in the female area seems better. It is hard to recover from years of painful intercourse, but I am game and now my body is too. I hope!

       

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  15. Misslinsue Misslinsue says

    Thanks for the information, I really needed that.

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  16. injaynesworld injaynesworld says

    The vagina called.  She’d like her privacy back…

    http://injaynesworld.blogspot.com/2010/01/injaynesworld-our-private-parts-are.html

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  17. maryannmckeon maryannmckeon says

         Vaginal dryness has been a problem for me for at least the last 10 years but it is worse now more than ever.  The last time my husband and I had sex it was very uncomfortable even though we used a vaginal lubricant.  I did discuss the problem with my doctor and she perscribed Estrace vaginal cream.  I did use it once but didn’t like the messiness but apart from that I looked and the precautions and one of the can cause was the word cancer.  I showed it to my husband and he said, “don’t use it.

         Are there any side effects with Romances Fresh Start and is it like Vagisil?

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    • JoanPrice JoanPrice says

      Again, I want to recommend that you all read the information at  A Woman’s Touch –  especially their Vaginal Renewal brochure. It’s information we wish our doctors knew! I know the Woman’s Touch people personally, and they’re wonderful, fully in service to right of every woman to have a great sex life and tirelessly providing information. 

      - Joan

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  18. nahamuah nahamuah says

    Take flax seed oil and cold liver oil tablets for natural lubrication. http://www.menopauselifestyle.com/blog/vaginal-irritation

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  19. Generic Image amy says

    Wait a sec! Before anyone else dismisses this or uses another product for vaginal dryness, let me tell you its a part of menopause as it says right there, and my gynecologist was able to see it for himself during an exam. He precribed a vaginal suppository, very safe and effective. It works!  Don’t be afriad to use things that have long been used by women for the past 20 years.  There are plenty of studies done using these products and if they are proven to be unsafe, they are no longer used, or they warn you about side effects.

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