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Pinkprincess

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Help with Vagifem
« on: September 09, 2017, 02:33:37 PM »

Hi everyone
 After going to my GP with itching, swelling, soreness, dryness etc of my vagina I was examined and prescribed Vagifem. I wasn't given a diagnosis of vaginal atrophy but I am sure that is what it is. The vagifem worked brilliantly but after the one course had been used the symptoms returned. I went back to the GP but was told I had to have a referral to the hospital because they can't keep prescribing it. I know this is bunkum and am seeing another GP on Friday. I was allowed (!) a second course and have been eeking it out and using twice a week but today I have itching around the clitoris area and it feels as if its slightly swollen and being irritated by my underwear. Is this part of VA? My inner lips have all but disappeared so I am thinking my clitoris may be more exposed if that makes sense? I bought some Vagisil to help with this. Because I had a week or so gap between the 1st course of Vagifem and starting the second course which I am only taking twice a week, should I really take a full course again? I am thinking the itching/tenderness may be because I am not using enough vagifem. Any help on this would be great. I am 59 by the way.
Pat x
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sparkle

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Re: Help with Vagifem
« Reply #1 on: September 09, 2017, 03:09:28 PM »

Hi Pinkprincess, I had exactly that this week.  I've been using Vagifem for a few months so now only use it twice a week.  I had the same feeling you describe so I tried a bit of Savlon on the sore area and it did the trick.  I think you're right, everything is a bit more exposed so probably more prone to irritation from underwear!

S x
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Pinkprincess

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Re: Help with Vagifem
« Reply #2 on: September 09, 2017, 03:16:53 PM »

Thank you sparkle I will try that. It's horrible isn't it. When I say I feel I have chapped lips I don't mean I need Chapstick :lol:
Pat x
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Re: Help with Vagifem
« Reply #3 on: September 09, 2017, 03:24:24 PM »

Pink princess as you say you no what you have been told is bunker.

Stopping and starting local oestrogen is so silly , you start it and stay on it for life as VA can't be cured only managed .

Glad the savlon helps 😊 It's a miserable condition.
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Re: Help with Vagifem
« Reply #4 on: September 09, 2017, 05:02:53 PM »

Hello Pinkprincess,

So sorry to hear about your VA. I have also got this and it is a most unpleasant thing to have. It is no wonder your symptoms have returned if you have not been given enough Vagifem, so I hope you have better luck with the GP you see on Friday.

Assuming that Friday's GP is a bit more clued up, I would like to suggest that you ask for some Ovestin cream to rub in externally, alongside of the Vagifem for internal use. (I am using Ovestin both inside and out, and it seems to be working for me, although it has taken a few months.)

As to vaginal moisturisers, I believe the Yes products are supposed to be the kindest to the vulval and vaginal areas, and a lot of other ladies like Sylk. The one I have got is Yes VM and it works a treat. However, if Vagisil works for you then stick with it!

There is some shocking ignorance amongst the medical profession about this condition. I was originally sent down the dermatological route when mine first presented, which was fair enough I suppose. However, with the aid of the advice on MM, and reading the experiences of other VA sufferers on the forum, I was able to convince the dermatologist that my problem was due to oestrogen deficiency. I had already switched from hydrocortisone ointment to Ovestin with the approval of my GP, and she admitted this was the right thing to do. Even so, in a letter to my GP she expressed concern over the dosage I was on (3 week initial load up, then every third night, and externally as required), and stated that "the recommendation is to reduce to one application twice weekly and discontinue every 2-3 months for 4 weeks". Of course I wouldn't dream of doing any such thing. She had only to look up the NICE guidelines to see that one should not discontinue treatment.

So good luck on Friday Pinkprincess, I will have my fingers crossed for you.

Love,
JP
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sparkle

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Re: Help with Vagifem
« Reply #5 on: September 09, 2017, 08:19:00 PM »

Thank you sparkle I will try that. It's horrible isn't it. When I say I feel I have chapped lips I don't mean I need Chapstick :lol:
Pat x
;D might be worth a try!
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Pinkprincess

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Re: Help with Vagifem
« Reply #6 on: September 09, 2017, 10:30:21 PM »

Thank you sparkle I will try that. It's horrible isn't it. When I say I feel I have chapped lips I don't mean I need Chapstick :lol:
Pat x
;D might be worth a try!

Hahaha willing to try anything  ;)
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Pinkprincess

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Re: Help with Vagifem
« Reply #7 on: September 09, 2017, 10:34:21 PM »

Hello Pinkprincess,

So sorry to hear about your VA. I have also got this and it is a most unpleasant thing to have. It is no wonder your symptoms have returned if you have not been given enough Vagifem, so I hope you have better luck with the GP you see on Friday.

Assuming that Friday's GP is a bit more clued up, I would like to suggest that you ask for some Ovestin cream to rub in externally, alongside of the Vagifem for internal use. (I am using Ovestin both inside and out, and it seems to be working for me, although it has taken a few months.)

As to vaginal moisturisers, I believe the Yes products are supposed to be the kindest to the vulval and vaginal areas, and a lot of other ladies like Sylk. The one I have got is Yes VM and it works a treat. However, if Vagisil works for you then stick with it!

There is some shocking ignorance amongst the medical profession about this condition. I was originally sent down the dermatological route when mine first presented, which was fair enough I suppose. However, with the aid of the advice on MM, and reading the experiences of other VA sufferers on the forum, I was able to convince the dermatologist that my problem was due to oestrogen deficiency. I had already switched from hydrocortisone ointment to Ovestin with the approval of my GP, and she admitted this was the right thing to do. Even so, in a letter to my GP she expressed concern over the dosage I was on (3 week initial load up, then every third night, and externally as required), and stated that "the recommendation is to reduce to one application twice weekly and discontinue every 2-3 months for 4 weeks". Of course I wouldn't dream of doing any such thing. She had only to look up the NICE guidelines to see that one should not discontinue treatment.

So good luck on Friday Pinkprincess, I will have my fingers crossed for you.

Love,
JP

Thank you JP  :thankyou: I only have one box of Vagifem so am using it sparingly in case the GP won't give me another prescription. I hate hospitals so don't want to go to the gyno there as the first GP wants me to. I don't see why my own GP can't prescribe it. If forced to I will find a menopause clinic instead, but hope the GP on Friday will be more sympathetic!
Pat x
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Re: Help with Vagifem
« Reply #8 on: September 10, 2017, 12:32:28 AM »

You wouldn't believe what I have to throw at my bits to control the VA, I also had the battle to get the correct treatment, been told so much rubbish along the way!
Anyway to control mine I am on systemic HRT, Vagifem every night and Ovestin cream about four times a week, my only meno symptom has been the dreaded VA.
Please don't take no for an answer at your next appointment, VA needs ongoing treatment, I never cease to be amazed by the lack of knowledge GP's have, I have also been told a load of nonsense by a gynaecologist who was supposed to be a meno expert  :-\
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Pinkprincess

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Re: Help with Vagifem
« Reply #9 on: September 10, 2017, 01:42:22 AM »

I never thought I would be on a forum talking with gay abandon about my lady garden   ;D but thank goodness for this website!
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sparkle

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Re: Help with Vagifem
« Reply #10 on: September 10, 2017, 06:30:38 AM »

 ;D Neither did I !!!
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Re: Help with Vagifem
« Reply #11 on: September 10, 2017, 09:29:09 AM »

I often have to take a deep breath before posting  :o, but try to remember how much others' candid posts have helped me!
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Re: Help with Vagifem
« Reply #12 on: September 11, 2017, 03:56:26 PM »

Me too Tinkerbell.  :(
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CLKD

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Re: Help with Vagifem
« Reply #13 on: September 11, 2017, 09:31:10 PM »

Maybe see your Practice Nurse or ask your local Pharmacist which Surgery supports HRT the 'best' in your area  ;)

For me it was like razor blades up there  :o but my GP recognised repeat of urine infection-type symptoms and prescribed/s without any problems.

Your GP is talking .......  :-X
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Re: Help with Vagifem
« Reply #14 on: September 13, 2017, 03:37:17 PM »

Hi everyone
 After going to my GP with itching, swelling, soreness, dryness etc of my vagina I was examined and prescribed Vagifem. I wasn't given a diagnosis of vaginal atrophy but I am sure that is what it is. The vagifem worked brilliantly but after the one course had been used the symptoms returned. I went back to the GP but was told I had to have a referral to the hospital because they can't keep prescribing it. I know this is bunkum and am seeing another GP on Friday. I was allowed (!) a second course and have been eeking it out and using twice a week but today I have itching around the clitoris area and it feels as if its slightly swollen and being irritated by my underwear. Is this part of VA? My inner lips have all but disappeared so I am thinking my clitoris may be more exposed if that makes sense? I bought some Vagisil to help with this. Because I had a week or so gap between the 1st course of Vagifem and starting the second course which I am only taking twice a week, should I really take a full course again? I am thinking the itching/tenderness may be because I am not using enough vagifem. Any help on this would be great. I am 59 by the way.
Pat x

Im sorry its a load of rubbish. Is the practise a trust? If it is it might be to do with s
You can use Vagifem for life. As long as you have no side effects.
1 year of Vagifem 3 times a week is the equivalent of 3 Hrt pills.
Vagifem goes 99.9% into the vagina not in the blood stream
My gp gives me vagifem 1 a night as 2 3 or 4 a weeks not enough.
And hes a great gp
Print out the information on Vagifem and take it to your gp
If you have Atrophy which sound exactly what you have . Treatments constant Vagifem x
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