Re: Severe Vaginal Dryness
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Your baby is now old enough that I would definitely look into topical estrogen cream. Because it's topical, rather than systemic (like a pill), it's unlikely to hurt your supply, particularly after it has been well-established by so many months of nursing. And it might not be as expensive as you think- I had to use it on my daughter when she was a couple months old, because she had a labial adhesion, and a HUGE tube was around $60. Maybe talk to the doc and ask if she/he has some sample tubes lying around the office? If the sample helps, then you get to decide whether it's worth the money for a larger amount. And if you find that you do have a decrease in supply, then you simply stop using it. Your supply should rebound very quickly. I know health insurance is an issue, but call and ask anyway. You might be pleasantly surprised.
Your doctor is incorrect that vaginal dryness lasts until you stop breastfeeding. It generally lessens as your estrogen levels rebound, and most women notice that it is gone by the time their periods return. For most women, it diminishes well before that point.
While low estrogen can definitely cause severe dryness and pain, the fact that you have itching and burning severe enough to keep you up at night suggests that there may be something going on here that is not simply low estrogen. Yeast can cause itching, burning and discomfort, and we literally just had a post here from a mom who thought she had low-estrogen dryness but actually had a yeast infection.
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