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SYLK Guest Post: Moisturizers Maintain. Lubricants Lovemaking. Hybrid Happiness.

Vaginal and vulvar dryness is an epidemic. It was once thought that only menopausal women suffer from this condition, but we now know that many young women, too, are suffering silently with this painful medical condition. Women with chronic medical illnesses such as autoimmune syndromes, Lupus or Rheumatoid arthritis may have dryness which can be debilitation. Many women on certain medications such as oral contraceptives or anti-histamines, or those who are breastfeeding, can also suffer from distressing vaginal irritation and dryness.

Vaginal dryness can be characterized by dry, burning, or itchiness in the genital area. Many women may have recurrent yeast or urinary infections and the unlucky few, may even have impact on their activities of daily living. Some cannot wear tight clothes or have chosen to limit their sexual intimacy
with their partner because of excruciating sand paper like pain during intercourse.   Others report a constant throbbing, burning-like sensation, that has caused them to withdraw and remain socially isolated. Depression and severe vaginal dryness can go hand in hand. For some unfortunate women, even the slightest touch to the vaginal or vulvar area, can create a sharp pins and needle sensation in the genital area.
There is hope. There are simple solutions, Women of all ages need not continue to suffer in silence. Many health care professionals maybe remiss and often do not discuss these issues with their female patients. It often falls on the woman, herself, to become empowered and get herself the appropriate help.

Going to the local pharmacy can be a daunting task since there are countless over the counter product marketed for these conditions. Here are simple helpful suggestions.

Vaginal Moisturizers Maintain:

Vaginal moisturizers are products that can specifically be used on a regular basis to help hydrate and soothe the vaginal lining. They are applied intravaginally, 2-3 times a week, independently of sex, to support the ridges and elasticity to the vaginal tissue. They are typically not used during or for sexual activity.

Lubricants for Love-Making

Lubricants are used for intimacy during sexual activity- there are made to help sex be more comfortable. There are many different types of lubricants currently on the market, and some newer products may offer glycerin and paraben free options. Others are organic in nature.

Many water based lubricants contain deionized water, and may also have glycerin or propylene glycol. They typically do not stain sheets or bed clothing and are generally safe with latex. They rarely cause irritation. Water based products should be reapplied as they can dry out with extended sexual play.

Silicone based lubricants typically can last longer than water based products, and will not soak into the skin. They are slick, slippery and need little reapplication. Silicone lubes are tasteless, odorless and have no stickiness or tackiness. They can also be used as massage lotions and are often the lubricant of choice for anal sex play.

Some products are best left on your salad rather than your vagina. Petroleum based lubricants like such as mineral or vegetable oils can destroy latex and are not for advocated for use with condoms, caps or diaphragms. They can typically stain fabrics and have also been linked to increased vaginal infections.

Hybrids for Happiness

Hybrid products combine the best of both worlds. They are easily understood as “moisturizing lubricants”. They can be used daily to provide comforting relief, and can also be used during sexual play to enhance the sexual experience.

Two purposes for the price of one.

A favorite hybrid, includes all natural 510K cleared SYLK ® which can be considered a moisturizing lubricant. It provides daily relief and can decrease sexual irritation, reduces vaginal burning. It can be a quick simple solution for sexual pain.

Important Consumer Reminder: Take your time selecting the correct moisturizer, lubricant or hybrid. Don’t be rushed or embarrassed. Do your research! Be sure to read the labels carefully! Avoid colors, flavors, warming gels, bactericides, and spermicides- we will discuss the do and don’ts of additives to avoid in a future blog.

–Dr. Michael Krychman