Hi everyone, I've been prescribed Estriol which is a hormone for vaginal atrophy and dryness after pelvic radiotherapy 9 years ago. Does anyone have a suggestion for an alternative cream or pessary please as I don't want to use a hormonal solution especially after reading the side effects? Thank you
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Hi there, yes, I was diagnosed many years ago with the same, I chose not to use this too, its subjective isn't it. I use products from the 'YES' company, recognised by gynaecologists too. I think the website is yesyesyes.org have a look through and you certainly won't regret it. Good luck.
hi, I too used Yes after radiation but have determinate d so much and experiencing urethral soreness. Was told not to take estriol initially but specialist has agreed I need help and now using once a week , it has improved my symptoms and I will have a break after 3 months, I do think it’s worth giving it a go short term.
I wonder if organic vitamin e oil would work for that? Use an eyedropper to put some on your finger and insert into the vagina.
I buy Vit E suppositories from Amazon. Cheap and it works .
I was also prescribed this but stopped using it after about 4 months as I was constantly getting water infections. My ‘spotting’ has almost stopped on its own now - 2 years on- as my menopause is finally coming to the end. Until then though I just persevered with the bleeding.
Thanl you for all the helpful replies. Shall try the Vitamin E and let you know along with YES. It would be really great if there was also a cream that renewed the area after radiation treatment. Has anyone tried Mona Lisa laser the gynaecologist mentioned it then said it's very expensive- I don't know how much?
I personally have not used any of the things the ladies here have suggested… but in my research, I had come across the use of hyaluronic acid which is supposed to be an internal moisturizer… there are varying types- I think I read about a high molecular density type…it’s definitely used in face products for better skin… a brand that keeps getting mentioned is donotage.
Try raw local honey! Its natural and totally safe, the beneficial bacteria in your vagina love it. Use neat, or mix with food grade coconut oil - I use a 1 - 3 ratio - its a wonder-balm! just insert with finger tip into vagina. Improves your bacterial flora which in turns helps with atrophy - its improved my vulval skin too - bonus! Use once a day - before bed or first thing in the morning. It's inexpensive, and you will know exactly what you are using, no weird ingredients.
You can also make your own suppositories with coconut oil and CBD. I found a company that blends them, over the counter and no prescription. I f you're interested I can find it. I then purchased a plastic mold with bullet shapes, melted the oil, filled the mold, and froze it.
If you were prescribed estradiol cream, ask your doctor about side effects. I believe creams are usually absorbed locally as opposed to systemically. It may, or may not be an issue.
Yes please I would be very interested to know the company that blends. I was told the creams only affect the blood stream in the pelvic area when I asked which I find confusing as blood continues round the body? Will have to find out more. Thank you
The coconut oil/CBD is from Lazarus Naturals, which is not prescription. There are various prescription creams or suppositories usually needing blending by a compound pharmacy. An online company is usually cheaper than a local pharmacy that might compound. I’ve ordered from CareFirst Specialty Pharmacy in New Jersey.
I use aloe vera gel, it’s equally as good as estriol and has the same effect.
Thank you I'll try it, I think some of the YES products contain aloe vera.
In another thread the prescription cream Intrarosa was mentioned. Non hermonal. I’m going to ask my gyno about it. I also use an OTC soothing balm called VMagic. You can purchase through Medicine Mamas Apothecary or Amazon.
I tried the Yes cream - it's no more better than using cold pressed coconut oil. Also there is too much in the ampoule so you only need to use a little at at time.
The coconut oil is very effective and gynaecologist said it also has antibacterial properties so is good for splits in the skin
Are you reluctant to use hormone because you had cancer caused by hormones in the past Kenka? Only asking as the hormone creams on prescription are very good at sorting issues like you have even if you used it briefly, but provided you've not had hormone-related cancer in the past or if it runs in your family.
I did have cancer but not hormone related M33R4. Do you know if these creams heal and renew the skin? The cancer treatment I had was so intense I'm told my body is now 'scared'