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Estrogen Safety Acceptable For Breast Cancer Patients

When Jane asked me to write a blog for Soul Source I knew right away I had the perfect one for her subscribers. So many of you are having challenges due to treatment for breast cancer and have found that without estrogen, vaginal dryness and narrowing of the vagina is an all too familiar problem.   As a result of having virtually no estrogen, women with breast cancer often suffer from the symptoms of menopause and one of the worst is vaginal dryness, thinning of the vaginal and bladder tissues called atrophic vaginitis or more recently Genitourinary Syndrome of Menopause (GSM). ...

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Physical Therapy and Vaginal Dilators: What’s the Connection?

Most people think of physical therapy in terms of therapeutic treatment for orthopedic or neurological conditions – things such as back pain, knee pain, and strokes. Did you know, though, that there are pelvic health specialty-trained physical therapists who help women and men with very private conditions? The terms often used are: pelvic health physical therapists, women’s health physical therapists, or pelvic PTs. So, how are vaginal dilators utilized for pelvic physical therapy? Vaginal dilators are most effective when used for conditions that prevent the patient from having a desired body part (finger or penis) or object (tampon, speculum for GYN...

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The New Name for Vulvovaginal Atrophy is Genitourinary Syndrome of Menopause

Menopause comes with so many symptoms women need to deal with. From physical to psychological ones, most of the symptoms aren’t visible, but some of them are definitely embarrassing to talk about. This is the case of vulvovaginal atrophy and of atrophic vaginitis, a condition involving both the genitals and urinary tract (see all signs and symptoms below). Mentioning “vulva” and “vagina”, and also including the term “atrophy”, which generally has negative connotations, these names are not comfortably used in general discussions and tend to be excluded. So the Board of Directors of the International Society for the Study of Women’s Sexual...

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How to Use Vaginal Dilators

Whatever the reason you have been recommended to use vaginal dilators, it’s useful to start by learning how to use them. If you are not sure what your condition is, check out the applications of vaginal dilators and see which product is best suited for your needs. Please note: These guidelines should be considered as general information about the use of vaginal dilators. Please consult your physician about your condition and follow his/her recommendations thoroughly. GENERAL CONSIDERATIONS   Check your health Make sure you have no active pelvic infection or that enough time has passed after you’ve had pelvic surgery....

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Vaginal Dilators for Dyspareunia

Dyspareunia, or pain during intercourse, can be more than a little irritating—it can be debilitating, both to your sex life and your everyday comfort. Thankfully, it can also be remedied. Treatment depends on the cause of the pain. And just as dyspareunia is often self-diagnosed, it’s also often self-treated by using products like vaginal lubricants, moisturizers, creams and dilators. Lubricants are best used just before intercourse to make intercourse slippery and fun. For women, with recurring or long-term vaginal dryness, however, a long acting (3 days) moisturizer will moisturize vaginal tissue, making them more elastic, thicker, and with enhanced ability to...

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