What is the difference between vaginal lubricants and moisturizers?

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Vaginal lubricants are meant for immediate relief of vaginal dryness during intercourse. They can be applied at any point during intercourse or foreplay and can provide short-term lubrication. On the other hand, vaginal moisturizers such as Replens are taken regularly for treatment of chronic vaginal dryness. Depending on the amount of vaginal dryness experienced, vaginal moisturizers are applied anywhere from once daily to once every three days. It is usually recommended that vaginal moisturizers are taken two hours prior to intercourse to allow an adequate amount of vaginal lubrication to appear. Vaginal moisturizers such as Replens are available over-the-counter at your local drugstore.

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