ARE YOU EX­PE­RI­ENC­ING VAGI­NAL DRY­NESS?

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DON’T IG­NORE IT.

Vagi­nal dry­ness can af­fect in­ti­mate re­la­tion­ships and the com­fort of daily ac­tiv­i­ties like walk­ing, sit­ting or ex­er­cis­ing. There are a num­ber of so­lu­tions that can help.

YOU’RE NOT ALONE

Vagi­nal dry­ness is a com­mon con­cern. It can hap­pen at any time in a woman’s life, es­pe­cially when ap­proach­ing or go­ing through menopause (due to the de­cline in es­tro­gen). In fact, 47% of menopausal women ex­pe­ri­ence vagi­nal dry­ness.1

THERE ARE MANY CAUSES OF VAGI­NAL DRY­NESS

It can also be caused by breast­feed­ing, child­birth, med­i­ca­tions or un­der­ly­ing health con­di­tions. You may no­tice it only dur­ing sex or you may feel it of­ten. Some women ex­pe­ri­ence it when us­ing tam­pons or at the end of their men­strual cy­cle.

IT MAY SEEM LIKE A YEAST IN­FEC­TION

Symp­toms can be con­fused with those of a yeast in­fec­tion. Some symp­toms are sim­i­lar, such as vagi­nal dis­charge, gen­i­tal dis­com­fort, itch­ing and burn­ing.

DRY­NESS CAN AF­FECT RE­LA­TION­SHIPS AND DAILY LIFE

Vagi­nal dry­ness can make sex un­com­fort­able or painful, so some women may avoid sex, strain­ing in­ti­mate re­la­tion­ships and neg­a­tively im­pact­ing their qual­ity of life. Over one-third of women don’t treat it, and that’s no way to live.

LUBRICANTS CAN HELP YOU EN­JOY SEX AGAIN

Vagi­nal lubricants re­duce fric­tion and help keep the vagina moist to re­lieve dry­ness-re­lated pain dur­ing sex. Re­plens™ Silky Smooth Per­sonal

Lu­bri­cant is a pre­mium, sil­i­cone-based for­mula that lu­bri­cates im­me­di­ately to en­hance the com­fort of in­ti­macy, leav­ing the skin feel­ing soft and silky.

VAGI­NAL MOISTURIZERS HELP WITH EV­ERY­DAY AC­TIV­I­TIES

If dry­ness causes dis­com­fort in daily life, try a mois­tur­izer like Re­plens™ Long-Last­ing Vagi­nal

Mois­tur­izer. It goes to work im­me­di­ately, pro­vid­ing mois­ture that is ab­sorbed into the skin and de­liv­ers re­lief that lasts up to 3 days per ap­pli­ca­tion. For as-needed ex­ter­nal re­lief, Re­plens™ Mois­ture Re­store Ex­ter­nal Com­fort Gel soothes vul­var

ir­ri­ta­tion and chaffing.

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1 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov /pmc/ar­ti­cles/PMC2800285/ 2 Re­plens Sam­pleSource.com Re­search – Pur­chase Track­ing, Fall * The Med­i­cal Post and Pro­fes­sion Santé. 2017 Sur­vey on OTC Coun­sel­ing and Rec­om­men­da­tions.

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