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Luvena False Advertising

Luvena-smLuvena was prescribed to me by my Nurse Practitioner at my last office visit when I thought I had a vaginal yeast infection among other problems. After discussing my symptoms, she disagreed with my diagnosis and told me that my symptoms were more in line with vaginal atrophy and dryness. With a smile on her face, she was about to share with me the name of a new product on the market which would solve all of those problems – Luvena.  It is an over the counter medication and she has seen it at Walgreens and CVS.

Upon the nurse practitioner’s advice, I ended up buying two packages at Walmart where they were four or five dollars cheaper than CVS.  I couldn’t wait to get some relief!

ApplicatorLuvenaFirst problem – the applicator (that green thing in the picture to the left.) It does not work!  I don’t know who in hell designed this piece of crap, it wasn’t someone with a vagina, or anyone who has even been intimate with a vagina! I am not going into further detail other than to state that trying to deliver the creamy product to its destination is nearly IMPOSSIBLE with the provided applicator!  Unfu*#ing believable!!

Since I have two packages, I decided that rather than waste the product, I would try to transfer the “cream” to an old, plastic applicator I found in our medicine chest, of course after washing it. That was even a challenge to transfer the cream to the tube I held in my hand!  I ended up with the cream all over the kitchen counter.

On to my 2nd try, I did succeed, but, I will guarantee you this, I will NEVER purchase this product again! It is not worth it, plus, they are being sued for false advertising.  Gheez!

Doing more research on this condition, vaginal atrophy/dryness, which is exacerbated by the hormone blocker I take, I found this information from Breast Cancer.org:

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Question fromErika: I’m taking Femara and have severe problems with vaginal dryness. I have tried various lubricants but have been unsuccessful. Any advice would be appreciated.
Answers –Kara Nakisbendi I think it’s a good time to experiment with different products for lubricant. Some people use almond oil, coconut oil, or Crisco [oil] if you’re not worried about condoms. There are many items you can try. Open communication is the most important so you don’t feel that you’re trying to hide the symptoms you have or handle them all on your own.
Leslie R. Schover, Ph.D. I think it’s crucial, and I wish all women had easy access to a gynecologist as knowledgeable and sympathetic as Dr. Nakisbendi. Women often have a hard time getting their gynecologist or oncologist really to pay attention to the problems that they’re having in this area.
Kara Nakisbendi Another important point is that a lot of times having pain or discomfort or not having the pleasure can lead to avoidance. And that brings on a whole host of other problems, one of which is worsening of vaginal atrophy, or thinning of the vaginal tissue. From there, intercourse can be more painful. Sometimes, in addition to lubricants, the use of vaginal dilators can help a woman understand her anatomy and become comfortable with penetration again in a controlled, safe way.

On Wednesday, February 20, 2008, our Ask-the-Expert Online Conference was called Sex, Intimacy, and Breast Cancer.Leslie R. Schover, Ph.D. and Kara Nakisbendi, M.D. answered your questions about sexual side effects of breast cancer and breast cancer treatment, and what you can do about them.

The materials presented in these conferences do not necessarily reflect the views of Breastcancer.org. A qualified healthcare professional should be consulted before using any therapeutic product or regimen discussed. All readers should verify all information and data before employing any therapies described here.

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