I am finding that being perimenopausal has it’s ups and downs, and one of the things I have not enjoyed is vaginal dryness. It absolutely drives me nuts. It has been frustrating to have to depend all the time on other forms of lubrication for sex, and I am adjusting to having my honey reach over for the coconut oil before we start. But when I can feel it during day to day activities, that gets me really frustrated. I told my close friends recently that it feels like the Sahara Desert down there.
I had seen in the past in the feminine hygiene aisle of the store that besides lubes, their was also vaginal moisturizers, so I decided to try one. Not knowing much about any of them, i decided to try Replens first. I started trying it about a month ago. I would recommend reading the package insert thoroughly before your first application. When applied, Replens coats and soothes dry vaginal skin cells. This product is supposed to continue to deliver moisture to the cells for days after application. Dry cells are cleared out and the replens is eliminated naturally, and it should leave behind restored and supple cells inside the vagina. It is recommended to be used once every 2-3 days, but is safe for daily use if necessary.
Keep in mind that this is a review of the product from my personal perspective. Others may have differing views of the product. Please feel free to write yourexperiences in the comment box below.
It was very easy to apply. After opening the sealed wrapper on the individually wrapped package, you shake down the Replens into the small tip of the applicator, then break off the tip, insert the applicator as far into the vagina as possible, squeeze the contents into place, then dispose of the applicator. Personally, I didn’t feel like in the month that I used it that it really worked for me. I tried to use it only once every 3 days like it recommended. I still felt really dry inside, but i kept using it thinking it would take more time. I started to use it more frequently…once every 2 days. It never made sex easier, we still needed to use lots of coconut oil during intercourse. I didn’t expect it to replace my own vaginal moisture, but I did hope that it would help some. A few days ago, after intercourse, my husband drew my attention to the fact that there was what looked like product of a yeast infection on him (and on/in me upon further exam) I didn’t feel like I had a yeast infection, but it sure looked like one. The information pamphlet inside says “Some women may notice a residue after use of Replens–this is caused by the elimination of dead skin cells. Your body naturally sheds dry vaginal tissue that has built up over time. Replens helps this happen, leaving softer, more supple tissue behind. When used on a regular basis, Replens will prevent the build up of dead skin cells and the discharge should dissipate. If the discharge does not dissipate, you may wish to wait an extra day or two between applications. While use is recommended every two to three days, every woman is unique and you may wish to increase or decrease the amount of time between Replens applications to maximize moisture and minimize discharge.” It made me wonder if this is what we were seeing, but it sure looked like yeast. I would have expected to see that in the first half of the month though and not now at the latter half of the month we tried it.
The website has a Q&A for side effects, safety of the product and other questions that you might have about the product. It is not a birth control or a spermicide. Oral sex is safe when you are using this product. You should not use it when on your menstrual cycle and should wait a few days after your cycle stops to resume using the product agian. It does not cure infections. If you use contraceptive gels or creams, you should use the Replens several hours before intercourse. It is compatible with condoms.
I haven’t used this product for a very long period of time, and frankly, I stopped using it when I thought I was getting a yeast infection. I may try it again in the future, but at this time, it hasn’t been a very useful or beneficial product for me.
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