Vaginal moisturizers can provide relief from vaginal dryness, soothing sore or irritated genitalia. In fact, you should make vaginal moisturizer use a regular part of your daily routine. The first time you start using a vaginal moisturizer, apply it seven days in a row, right before bed. After that, you can move into a maintenance schedule, applying it two to three times a week, before bed.
Shelly Agarwal, MD
Specialty: OBGYN (Obstetrics & Gynecology)
- OBGYN (Obstetrics & Gynecology)
- Gynecologic Oncology
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17495 La Grange Rd
Tinley Park, IL 60487
How should I use a vaginal moisturizer?
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What should I do if my Pap test is abnormal?
As the previous answer noted, there are many reasons why a pap test may come back abnormal even when there are no precancerous or cancerous changes. You should follow up with your healthcare provider as directed. Follow up will depend on your personal test results and age. Your healthcare provider will likely follow the guidelines developed by the American Society for Colposcopy and Cervical Pathology (ASCCP). The follow up pap testing, in one year or sooner as determined by your healthcare provider, may require a co-test for human papilloma virus (HPV) which may lead to precancerous or cancerous lesions on the cervix. This test will be done at the same time, and in the same way, as a pap test. An additional test, called a colposcopy, may be needed. This test allows a microscope to view the cervix in detail and allows samples to be taken for additional testing. Regardless of which initial follow up testing that is done, it is very important that you return to your healthcare provider as often as directed over the next few years. This is because many abnormal pap test results resolve on their own over time.
What gynecological conditions should I be aware of if I am over 40?
Gynecological conditions that you should be aware of if you are over age 40 include pregnancy, infertility, contraception and abnormal or postmenopausal uterine bleeding. Right around menopause, or leading up to menopause, is a period called perimenopause during which it's common to have menstrual irregularities. However, it's never common to have very heavy bleeding. You should see your doctor if you are experiencing heavy bleeding.
Treatment plans for women in this age group are for hot flashes, vaginal dryness and abnormal Pap smears. Women also may have more urinary issues, such as urinary frequency and incontinence. Pelvic organ prolapse is also a potential issue. Pelvic organ prolapse is when parts of the vagina or uterus start to drop down into the vaginal canal or possibly all the way out of the body. There are treatments for this condition.
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