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Sexual Lubricants: Relieving Vaginal Dryness
- Lower estrogen levels after menopause
- Hormonal changes due to childbirth or breastfeeding
- Some medications, including leuprolide, danazol, tamoxifen, antihistamines, ulcer medications, antidepressants, blood pressure medications, oral contraceptives, and cold medications
- Strenuous exercise
- Cancer treatments, such as chemotherapy , radiation , and hormone therapy
- Sjogren’s syndrome
- K-Y Jelly
- Liquid Silk
- Petroleum-based products, such as Vaseline, mineral oil, and baby oil can cause the latex in condoms to break down, increasing the risk for sexually transmitted diseases (STD) and pregnancy.
- Moisture creams and lotions can interfere with the body's pH levels and cause irritation or infection.
American Academy of Family Physicians http://familydoctor.org
American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists http://www.acog.org
The Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada http://www.sogc.org
Women's Health Matters http://www.womenshealthmatters.ca
A doctor's take on lubricants for female pleasure and comfort. Safer Sex 4 Seniors website. Available at: http://safersex4seniors.org/assets/SS4S%5FChoosing%5Fand%5FUsing%5FLubricants.pdf. Accessed December 24, 2013.
Vaginal and vulvar comfort: lubricants, moisturizers, and low-dose vaginal estrogen. The North American Menopause Society website. Available at: http://www.menopause.org/for-women/sexual-health-menopause-online/effective-treatments-for-sexual-problems/vaginal-and-vulvar-comfort-lubricants-moisturizers-and-low-dose-vaginal-estrogen. Accessed December 24, 2013.
- Reviewer: Michael Woods, MD
- Review Date: 12/2013
- Update Date: 01/09/2014