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Coconut Oil Solves Vaginal Dryness Dilemma

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Q. I am 51 and a seven-year breast cancer survivor. I went through chemo and radiation, took tamoxifen until my hysterectomy 2 yrs ago. Since chemo I have had severe vaginal dryness. Sex was painful with burning and irritation for days afterwards.

About a month ago I came across this website. I started using vitamin E and noticed a difference immediately. A couple weeks ago I switched to Organic Coconut Oil from Trader Joes in the morning and night. It's wonderful. No more dryness!

Intercourse is pleasurable again (coconut oil is not sticky and smells great). There is no swelling, burning or irritation afterwards. Reading all of the comments on your website has been a life saver.

Thank you ladies and thank you Peoples Pharmacy. 

A. We are so glad you have experienced good results from the coconut oil. Others report similar benefits from olive oil.

For those who would like more information about this personal problem, we suggest downloading our Guide to Menopause. We have quite a lot of information about olive oil, coconut oil, vitamin E and other lubricants such as Corn Huskers lotion and natural products like aloe vera and Sylk with kiwi-fruit vine extract. In addition, there are many suggestions for easing the symptoms of hot flashes. It can be downloaded for $2 at this link.


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Great idea, I have a similar health history, almost exact, but how do you apply it up there, I have had problems, is there a device you can use? the logistics is what I have issues with, not the product. thanks for any ideas, sorry for getting so personal here :)

Details Please? TJs Coconut oil is a solid at room temperature ? How do you apply it?

I suffer so badly with this I was considering the new medication on the market, even tho it has dangerous side effects. So any detail on how to use the olive or coconut oil would be greatly appreciated.

Everyone posts about using coconut oil, olive oil, all sorts of things, Sylk, but they don't say how they apply the oils inside the vagina. How is application accomplished?

The suggestion of using coconut oil for vaginal dryness sounds very promising. I lived in a country that used a lot of coconut oil and milk in their cooking and would only suggest that everyone to be very careful with the freshness of the oil. It goes rancid very easily.

My personal experience with vaginal dryness and its cure is as follows: I started experiencing vaginal dryness with the onset of menopause. At that time I tried all kinds of lubricants including different oils: sesame oil, olive oil, and others without any relief. I didn't try Vitamin E because is gives me insomnia. Finally, the one thing that worked for me was cutting sugar out of my diet. If I go off of my sugar-free diet for a week or two, the vaginal dryness comes back. If I go back on the sugar-free diet, it goes away. Sweet fruits and sugar substitutes do not seem to bother me, nor do high glycemic foods like white potatoes. White or brown sugar including sucranat seems to be the culprit.

Application via the male member.

You can also use shea butter, it is very moisturizing, however it appears that the application needs to happen daily, not just when one is going to have sex.

I have the same question as everyone else--how is the coconut oil applied???????

how do you apply the coconut oil and how much?

I would like to know more about this too. I'm using Premarin cream, but I don't like the idea of the side effects, so something natural that works sounds wonderful, but how does it come, as a cream, liquid? And how is it applied??? Any info appreciated.

I would say that it is applied inside the vagina, with your fingers and inside the labia with your fingers. Start with a small amount because if you use too much it can be messy. It can also be used as a lubricant on the male. I hope I'm not offending anyone, but several people seem to need this info.

Not offending at all. Inquiring minds want to know! Thanks much!

You mentioned vitamin E (which is usually ingested orally) and "switched to coconut oil, morning and night". Orally? Vaginally? How much? Clearly, lots of people are interested!!

I have been using coconut oil for vaginal dryness for quite some time and find it solves the problem. I use it whenever I feel an irritation occurring. It can be applied manually with the finger but this does not always get it to the irritated spot. I use a plastic plunger-type applicator that came with a Vaginal Lubricant called Creme de la Femme which I bought on line.

The coconut oil comes in a jar and turns to a liguid if kept in a warm location, but turns solid if in a cool location - not necessarily in the fridge. If you have the plunger, all you need to do is be sure the oil is fairly solid and use a clean spoon to pack it in the plunger - no problem. Some use a tampon dipped in the oil. Some cool the oil and place it in a folded piece of foil, put it in the freezer, to make a long strip that resembles a suppository. Hope my suggestions help.

I also had breast cancer, was treated with Tamoxifen and suffer with the same problem. I made the coconut oil suppositories by using one of these methods:

1. Warm the coconut oil until it is moldable. You can soften it slowly in the MW if it is solid, or sit it in warm water. Put a 1/2 teaspoon on a small square of plastic wrap. Squish into a bullet shape and store in the freezer until needed.

OR 2. Melt coconut oil in the MW. When it is somewhat cooler but still a liquid, pour about 1 teaspoon into each compartment of a miniature ice cube tray (they make water-bottle size cubes). Place in freezer until solid. Turn out and store them all in a container in the freezer until needed. You can use your finger to insert them, or buy a devise at the pharmacy.

I used these for quite a while and they helped a lot. Then I realized that the oil was gradually leaking through my undies and ruining my clothes! I found sanitary napkins very drying so I no longer use the oil. I tried cocoa butter with the same result. Going off sugar did not help me. Doctor was not helpful. I guess that is why we are called survivors., you're saying using cocoa butter works as well as coconut oil? Is it safe or does it contain additional ingredients? The thought of inserting something that could cause chafing, infection or soreness has me concerned. I am finding the Premarin is helping with the dryness, but I'm also concerned with the possible side effects, and if when I stop using it (it's not recommended to use for the long term) if the symptoms will come back. I do think coconut oil is in it's purest form, but I don't like the idea of "leaking" either. Argh! It's tough getting old, huh? Thanks for the info you've posted.

I use pure cocoa butter. There are no additional ingredients. It seems to have a higher melting temperature than coconut oil. This may or may not be a plus for you. I have had no negative tissue reactions to either product. Of course anyone can be allergic to anything. Premarin will only help as long as you use it. It replaces some of your natural hormones. It is much more effective than either of these topicals in reversing vaginal dryness but it doesn't serve as a personal lubricant. The oils work well to increase comfort during sex. Remember that they are oils, so they will stain whatever they contact. Hardly ideal.

How about putting the coconut oil inside the vagina before bedtime? Then your nice clothing will be less likely to stain and also gravity won't make it leak out.

Can you buy the pure coconut butter anywhere, or do you have to get it at a health food or natural food store? Well, it stinks that Premarin only works if it's used. ARGH! I don't want to be on this forever. It's good to know the coconut will work as a lubricant too. As for staining, I'm finding the Premarin stains also. I like the idea of using it before going to bed, and that's when I use the Premarin. This way there's probably less staining. Thanks for your info. I appreciate it!

Here's another use for coconut oil. My elderly mom (98) was troubled for a long time with dry, flaking, VERY ITCHY scalp. Her skin is thin, because of her advanced age. I was afraid to use Tea Tree Oil or dandruff shampoo, as I've found them drying and irritating.

I rubbed a teaspoon of solid, cold coconut oil into her scalp. She said it felt great. It made her hair just a little greasy, but not too bad, and it rinsed out easily during her weekly shampoo.

VOILA! No more dry, itchy, flaky scalp. I reapply it once a month for her.
Highly recommend it,

I finally broke down and bought coconut oil at Walmart. I got the 100% coconut oil. It was such a relief to finally have something that works for vaginal dryness for us. We are in our 60's and we have had this problem for several years. We have tried all kinds of products. Most just gave me burning and poor results.

It does not seem to stain, and we just spoon oil into a small jar by the bed, we use our fingers to apply. We use it as is. For less than $10 you can't lose for trying if all else fails you can cook with it.

Nature's Way just came out with a liquid coconut oil, which can be applied with an eye dropper. I would think nighttime would be best to apply, so as not to ruin clothing. A little goes a long way!

Another question... My Premarin is almost gone and I don't want to renew the script. So, do I use the coconut oil every day, or do I use it twice a week like I do the Premarin? Why don't doctors tell you these things? Are they just trying to "push" meds?

FYI, I did a Google search for the uses for coconut oil the other day and got a site with 100 uses for the product! WOW! I am now using it as a facial moisturizer. It feels somewhat greasy at first, but I may be using too much, though I find it leaves my skin very soft. This may prove to be a miracle product after all.

Because it's rather solid in the jar it's easier to simply use a utensil to break off small chunks. It melts quickly so try not to handle it until you're lying on your back. Then you're in position to insert it like a suppository using your fingers. There will be excess oil because it melts so quickly so rub that on the labia. I know someone who makes little balls on a sheet pan to freeze and later store in a bowl in the fridge. Good luck!

I've found pantyliners to work really well for this problem. The benefits far outweigh this small detail. IMHO of course.

Thanks for your info, but what I really want to know you use this every day or just when you have intercourse?

I form it into little balls or egg shapes and the put them in a baggie. Stick them in the fridge and let them harden. Then stick one inside quickly before it melts. I did this for a yeast infection not dryness. I'm only in my 20's. I used about 1/2 - 1 tsp per "ball". Then just rub some on the outside. My husband and I use coconut oil and coconut oil only for sex lube. Tastes ok, doesn't get sticky or dry out, smells good and is good for you :)

Thanks for the info. :-)

Hi guys,

There are a few ways to put coconut oil up there. Go to Kmart, Target Big W who ever, they would have in there kitchen section silicon ice cube trays in the form of stars, fishes, squares etc... they are very small and perfect for inserting into the vagina. Basically put the coconut somewhere warm so it can become a liquid. Once done fill up the fishes, or stars and put them in the fridge, after about 10 mins maybe less you can use them. Because the dish is made of rubber its easy to push out . its awesome....... just type silicon ice trays into google to find an image if you r not sure.

This has been my saving grace. I decided on a 5mL syringe (needless) of course. Warm coconut oil to room temp, no problem no mess. Hubby loves it!!

I use the "syringe" that I got with my Premarin cream and it works very well.

I use non-GMO Certified Organic Raw Cacao Butter Wafers that I buy online. This cocoa butter already comes in little disk shapes, making it very easy to slip in with my fingers. It is easy to handle because it doesn't melt in my fingers like coconut oil, but does melt quickly at body temperature. A disk can be broken in half for anyone preferring a little less. I slip one in after getting in bed so there is no problem with stains. If you need to use one during the day, a panty liner eliminates any stain problems.

Another great solution to prevent dryness from starting is intercourse (this was recommended by my GYN ☺). She said it brings blood to the vaginal tissue and keeps it thicker. Of course, you need to be well lubricated first and the cocoa butter works really good for that. She had me on Premarin Cream at first, but I just didn't want to continue on it -- besides the cocoa wafers are easier to insert than going through the process of opening the tube of Premarin, filling an applicator and then trying to put the cap back on without more cream squeezing out.

How to apply coconut oil? I was not able to find an applicator by itself, so I purchased a yeast infection cream that had an applicator. I did not use the yeast infection cream because I only wanted the applicator. I melt the coconut oil and pour in the applicator and insert it. I have been doing this for a year now. It is wonderful and leaves the vaginal area soft and supple.

Hi Ladies,

Will the coconut oil actually help the vagina produce moisture by itself, or is it basically just a personal lubricant such as Astroglide or K.Y?

Chris - it is a solid but it melts very quickly once it touches the body....
I am using it with excellent results. Good Luck.

So let me see if I understand everything I've read. Use the coconut oil to help with the dryness, in whatever method works best for me, nightly. Use cocoa butter as a lubricant during sex. This is a live saver thanks to everyone for your input.

I am about 6 months stem cell transplant for leukemia and have a sore, dry raw vagina from Chronic Graft vs Host disease. I want to try coconut oil. Steroids and Premarin are very sore. My vagina is raw and closing up (I am only 30). Does anyone have experience applying coconut oil to their sensitive or painful vaginas?

To apply it, put a tablespoon or so in the freezer until it's almost a solid or is a solid and insert with clean fingers. It'll start dissolving right away

I think your gynecologist is misinformed. Many women who have had regular sex with no problems, find that after the menopause starts having sex becomes very painful, causing bleeding, etc. I use SUPPOSITORIES WITH NATURAL VIT. E, which I buy from Amazon. For the first four months I inserted one, into my vagina, every night. Thereafter I insert one twice a week, on Sunday and Wednesday nights. If I have sex, I also use KY Gel. Hope that this helps.

The easiest way is too put the organic coconut oil in the refrigerator, so it will become solid - cut a little block +/- 1/2 inch in diameter and insert it high into the vagina at bedtime!

Easiest way is to put the organic coconut oil in the fridge and it will get solid. Cut out a piece with a knife (aprox 1/2 to 3/4 inch in diameter) and just push it up the vagina with your fingers at bedtime! No applicators needed!! The solid block will melt within a few seconds from your body heat.

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