Some drugs given during chemo treatment may affect a woman's hormones, causing hot flashes and dryness of the vagina.
According to Cleveland Clinic, t he following tips have helped:
- Use water based vaginal lubricants such as K-Y jelly, Lubrin, Surgilube or Astroglide. These are located in the feminine hygiene section or birth control section of your pharmacy or drug store.
- Place the lubricant inside of your vagina with your fingers and on your partner's penis just prior to penetration.
- Another vaginal dryness treatment option would be a vaginal moisturizer, such as Replens, which may be use three times a week.
- Avoid use of vaseline as a vaginal lubricant as it can increase the chances and severity of vaginal yeast infections.
- If inadequate sexual arousal is the cause of vaginal dryness, then you must explore your feelings to determine why this is a concern.
- Some women with low blood estrogen levels may experience vaginal dryness. In this case, if topical lubricants aren't effective, and if your healthcare provider permits, you may use a conjugated estrogen cream daily for 10 days, then every other day. If you have a hormone dependent cancer, estrogen therapy may not be right for you.
The most effective way to manage hot flashes is through hormone replacement therapy. For information, speak with your doctor.