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pH-Balanced Vaginal Gel No Better Than Placebo for Sexual Pain

pH-Balanced Vaginal Gel No Better Than Placebo for Sexual Pain in Breast Cancer Survivors

Dyspareunia – painful intercourse – is a common side effect of breast cancer treatment. Drugs used during chemotherapy, as well as estrogen-blocking medications taken after treatment, can cause vaginal dryness. When the vagina isn’t adequately lubricated, tightness and friction can make intercourse painful.

Recently, scientists tested a pH-balanced vaginal gel to see if it might alleviate some of the pain. However, this gel didn’t appear to be any better than a placebo.

One hundred thirty-six women took part in the study. All of the women were premenopausal when they were diagnosed with breast cancer. After chemotherapy, they developed sexual pain.

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