If you did your research on the side effects of cancer treatment, you probably came across some of the most common ones, such as hair loss, nausea, vomiting or pain. Even though it is often not mentioned in popular literature, vaginal dryness is another common side effect of chemotherapy or hormonal therapy.
Cancer treatment can cause vaginal dryness
Chemotherapy and oestrogen
Chemotherapy can cause damage to your ovaries and affect their capability to produce oestrogen. Reduced levels of oestrogen will result in poor vaginal lubrication, causing the symptoms of vaginal dryness.
How does vaginal dryness manifest?
You may experience itchiness, irritation, discomfort or even pain during intercourse.
You may even feel uncomfortable during everyday activities such as walking or exercising.
This is because dry surfaces inside the vagina rub together, creating friction. That can feel like itching or burning sensation. Friction can also lead to tiny cuts in the vaginal wall, and that feels more like pain.
If left untreated, these cuts can become infected. That’s why it is really important to use an effective moisturiser to reintroduce moisture into the vaginal area.
Hyalofemme does this job very well - it contains Hydeal-D, a derivative of hyaluronic acid, which hydrates the cell and may even help restore the vaginal tissue. It's been proven to work through rigorous clinical and preclinical studies including a clinical study in breast cancer patients.
Hormone free is important for cancer patients
If you only experience dryness during sex, you may choose to use a lubricant – it coats the surface of the vagina and vulva so that the movements during sex don’t cause irritation. Some women are prescribed oestrogen-based products which are inserted into the vagina to add oestrogen and allow the cells to retain more moisture and elasticity.
These are often not suitable for cancer patients and survivors.
Hyalofemme is as effective as local hormonal therapy, but is hormone-free, paraben-free and perfume-free. Therefore you can use it after or even during your cancer treatment without concern.
Consult your GP on Vaginal dryness
If you are dealing with vaginal dryness, it is very important to discuss it with your GP, as well as your partner. Sharing your concerns and discomforts with your partner will help you keep communication open and maintain intimacy; and Hyalofemme can help you revive your sex life once again.
Your GP can prescribe Hyalofemme to you – here you can download and then print out a letter for your GP which has all the necessary information for a prescription. Alternatively, you can order Hyalofemme online here.