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Investigating topical therapy for vaginal dryness. Angie Leather & Jacqui Stringer ICVP study day 04/03/2011. “The Problem”. physical. menopause. Vaginal Dryness. psychological. Ineffective treatment. Cancer therapy. Social/ relationship. medication. unrecognised ? ignored?.

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Investigating topical therapy for vaginal dryness

Investigating topical therapy for vaginal dryness

Angie Leather & Jacqui Stringer

ICVP study day

04/03/2011


Investigating topical therapy for vaginal dryness

“The Problem”

physical

menopause

Vaginal Dryness

psychological

Ineffective

treatment

Cancer

therapy

Social/

relationship

medication

unrecognised ? ignored?


Physical symptoms

Physical Symptoms

  • Dryness

  • Illness/disease

  • Body Image

  • Pain during ADL (passing urine, exercise…etc)

  • Pain at intercourse


Current treatments

Current treatments

  • Hormone replacement

  • Lubrication

  • Dilation

  • Commitment!


Investigating topical therapy for vaginal dryness

My husband does so much caring for me, yet I don’t feel that I can give him anything in return

My husband is scared to touch me because he’s worried that he will hurt me or give me an infection

I didn’t feel that it was appropriate to mention it.

I thought that I shouldn’t be having sex anymore

I have accepted it and have used lubricants for months now..


Proposed intervention

Proposed intervention

  • 1gm Cocoa butter based essential oil pessaries

  • Use 6 nights out of 7

  • 3 weeks out of 4

  • Reduction in frequency

  • Dilation and stretching of the vaginal


Feedback from patients so far

Feedback from patients…so far

  • Initial tingling / warmth upon first insertion

  • Patients psychologically better

  • Improvements in quality of life (ADL)

  • Able to use longer and wider dilators within weeks of commencement

  • Resumed intercourse

  • Nice smell – even dogs like it!!


The future

The future

  • Feasibility study looking at safety, efficacy and user acceptability

  • Aim: Improving quality of life!


Questions and suggestions please

Questions and SuggestionsPlease!


Contact details

Contact Details

  • Angie Leather

    Tel: 0161 918 7219

    email: [email protected]

  • Jacqui Stringer

    Tel:0161 446 3524

    Mobile: 07913 292 070

    email: [email protected]


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