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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

slide2
“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!
slide5
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!
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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