Q. I recently had a hysterectomy. My ovaries were left, but I have suffered from severe vaginal dryness.
I have tried almost every over-the-counter remedy available, including Sylk. What worked for me? After a shower, I apply coconut oil. It immediately melts into the tissues. Then I add aloe vera gel. Before bedtime, I go through the same routine.
I can’t tell you what a relief it has been. No itching or sticky gels. It feels completely natural, not to mention it is a whole lot less expensive than commercial lubes.
A. Many other women have found that coconut oil works well as a personal lubricant. It is solid at room temperature, but melts readily at body temperature. We caution that some people may be allergic to aloe vera gel.
Other options may include olive oil or almond oil. Barrier contraceptives are probably not an issue for you, but they might be for someone else. All these oils, including coconut oil, will affect latex and should not be used at the same time as a latex condom or diaphragm.
We discuss this problem in greater depth in our Guide to Menopause.