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    I've been seeing a physical therapist to help with some of my pain issues in relation to intercourse. (Dialators, electrode therapy, pelvic floor assessment, kegels, blah, blah blah...). While it has all be very helpful so far and worth it, my therapist asked me if I had problems using KY. I told her that indeed I did, and often times burned and itched after it was used. She told me that many IC patients and vulvodynia patients had this issue, and I could use vegetable oil or olive oil as a lubricant in the future. My husband and I have yet to try this, as I wanted to ask if any of you ladies had tried it and if you had found it helpful, messy, troublesome, etc...

    Any thoughts on this theory?
    -Laura


    Diagnosed with IC October 2005

  • #2
    personally I never tried it, but, I am positive that it will stain your bedding. (we tried baby oil and that was a big no no)
    Have you tried astroglide?
    'The will of God will never take you where the Grace of God will not protect you.'

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    • #3
      Yeah, I've tried astroglide. It still makes me uncomfortable. The therapist said that since vegetable oil was a natural substance it wouldn't be bad for the vagina like baby oil. I would worry about it staining, though. I guess I could put a towel down!
      -Laura


      Diagnosed with IC October 2005

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      • #4
        Um, what about a silicone based lubricant like "WET" or any other brand that is silicone? I know it can be used even as a moisturizer, lol. I know there have been a few on here who've used veg oil and even Crisco, I personally have never tried it. I just worry about it being too heavy and staying inside for too long possibly causing an infection or something, but that's just my thoughts, I have no idea, lol!!!
        Hugs,
        Tracey
        How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time...

        Harry arrived 2/23/09!



        *IC Volunteers are not medical authorities nor do we offer medical advice. In all cases, we strongly encourage you to discuss your medical treatment with your personal medical care provider. Only they can, and should, give medical recommendations to you.

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        IC dx'd Nov 2004
        Lymphocytic Colitis dx'd July 2005
        Possible IBS
        Current IC Meds
        Vistaril 25mg in the evening
        Previous IC Meds taken:
        Cystoprotek - 2 caps 2x's a day
        Elmiron, 100mg 3x's a day
        Ditropan, 5 mg 3x's a day
        Others:
        Wellbutrin 150mg 2x's a day for Anxiety/IBS
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        Zytrec for Nasal Allergies
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        • #5
          That's what I was worried about too. I used to get a lot of infections and I don't want that happening again. I'll have to ask her to elaborate some more at my appointment tomorrow.
          -Laura


          Diagnosed with IC October 2005

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          • #6
            Oh yes! Please do, you've got me really curious now, lol! You never know what you might need to make do with in a pinch
            Hugs,
            Tracey
            How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time...

            Harry arrived 2/23/09!



            *IC Volunteers are not medical authorities nor do we offer medical advice. In all cases, we strongly encourage you to discuss your medical treatment with your personal medical care provider. Only they can, and should, give medical recommendations to you.

            IC Diet Cheat Sheet:
            http://www.ic-network.com/diet/2009icdietlist.pdf



            Dx's:
            IC dx'd Nov 2004
            Lymphocytic Colitis dx'd July 2005
            Possible IBS
            Current IC Meds
            Vistaril 25mg in the evening
            Previous IC Meds taken:
            Cystoprotek - 2 caps 2x's a day
            Elmiron, 100mg 3x's a day
            Ditropan, 5 mg 3x's a day
            Others:
            Wellbutrin 150mg 2x's a day for Anxiety/IBS
            Pepcid 40mg a day for GERD
            Zytrec for Nasal Allergies
            Align Probiotic daily for IBS

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            • #7
              I think it would be fine in my opinion! Just make sure if you use condoms that you may want to use back up like the pill because oil based lubs break down latex. Keep us posted

              Erika
              IC diagnosed officially via cysto/urodynamics 1/26/07

              Grade II Endometriosis diagnosed via lap 12/11/07

              "Fall down seven times, Stand up eight."

              "Life is a tragedy for those who feel and a comedy for those who think."

              Current Treatments:
              Interstim Since 5/25/07!
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              • #8
                Ok, yes, I have used vegetable oil in desperation when I realized KY was an irritant for me. The veggie oil was very messy. I use Femglide...I like it much better than Astroglide. I order it in BIG bottles online.
                Last edited by Briza; 02-09-2007, 02:48 PM.

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                • #9
                  will check that out thaks for the tip.. can you pm me the site..
                  'The will of God will never take you where the Grace of God will not protect you.'

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                  • #10
                    Thanks for the input, Briza. So the Femglide didn't irritate you? Is it only available online? if so, could you pm me where you order from? Thanks!
                    -Laura


                    Diagnosed with IC October 2005

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                    • #11
                      I don't find Femglide irritating like KY. I like it better than Astroglide because it's a little thicker and less oily feeling. I discovered it when I found one bottle by chance at at discount store in the clearance section but have never again seen it in a store. It was recommended for hospital use (so the label says) so I thought I'd try it and it turned out to be the best I have ever used. So I did a search for it online and found several places that sell it online and so that's how I've bought it ever since.
                      Last edited by Briza; 02-09-2007, 02:46 PM.

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                      • #12
                        My husband and I gave the vegetable oil a try last night, and I have to say that I was impressed! We didn't use much (a little goes a long way) and it was very smooth. Most lubricants almost feel gritty to me when I begin using them (must be the instant irritation), but this was smooth from start to finish. We put a towel down to keep from ruining the linens, and had another one handy for quick clean up after application. I also haven't noticed any strange odors or anything since. I would seriously recommend this option for anyone who gets irriated by lubricants. I still haven't tried the olive oil, though. Also, if you do try it, make sure you use a panty liner for the next day or so, just as a precaution to protect your clothing. We used so little it hasn't been a problem, but better safe than sorry.
                        -Laura


                        Diagnosed with IC October 2005

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                        • #13
                          My doctor suggested the vege oil to me a few years back and I too was impressed with it's performance! You do have to perpare though with old towels and bedding because of staining but it can be real fun and it is also wonderful for massage. Of course, you will want to bathe afterward but your skin will be very soft and supple!!!

                          Another real plus to the oil vs. Astroglide.... no stickiness :woohoo:
                          Wendi
                          IC symptoms began in 1975; diagnosed in March 2006.
                          Other conditions: PFD, Migraine, VV, Total Abd Hysterectormy on 12/27,06 for Cervical Cancer, Fibromyalgia.
                          Current Daily Meds: Roxicet, Methadone, Flexoril, Flomax
                          I use Prayer, Yoga, Relaxation Breathing and TENS to help relieve stress, anxiety and pain- LOTS of make up to hide my true identity!

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                          • #14
                            Thanks for the report!! Very good information to have and you have definitely sparked my curiosity, lol. I think the super light veg oil would be better than olive oil, I would think it's more refined or something... Just my thoughts, and on to take the Wesson to the bedroom!!!! Shoot I'll try anything, at least once!
                            Hugs,
                            Tracey
                            How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time...

                            Harry arrived 2/23/09!



                            *IC Volunteers are not medical authorities nor do we offer medical advice. In all cases, we strongly encourage you to discuss your medical treatment with your personal medical care provider. Only they can, and should, give medical recommendations to you.

                            IC Diet Cheat Sheet:
                            http://www.ic-network.com/diet/2009icdietlist.pdf



                            Dx's:
                            IC dx'd Nov 2004
                            Lymphocytic Colitis dx'd July 2005
                            Possible IBS
                            Current IC Meds
                            Vistaril 25mg in the evening
                            Previous IC Meds taken:
                            Cystoprotek - 2 caps 2x's a day
                            Elmiron, 100mg 3x's a day
                            Ditropan, 5 mg 3x's a day
                            Others:
                            Wellbutrin 150mg 2x's a day for Anxiety/IBS
                            Pepcid 40mg a day for GERD
                            Zytrec for Nasal Allergies
                            Align Probiotic daily for IBS

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                            • #15
                              I also have to admit...he REALLY liked it, too. Something about it felt a lot more natural to him than lubricant. It also didn't dry out quickly. And, you're right, armslee...no stickiness!

                              Traceann, I'm thinking about dumping all my old lube out and re-filling the bottles with Wesson! That way I don't have to travel with a gallon jug of cooking oil. It might look suspicious.
                              -Laura


                              Diagnosed with IC October 2005

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