My doctor prescribed vaginal inserts to treat vaginal atrophy, but they are too expensive. Are there more natural/herbal, less expensive ways to address the same issue that will truly get results?
There are several prescriptions available for vaginal atrophy:
- Vaginal estradiol generically is available for about $15 per tube.
- Vaginal DHEA is another option.
In general, herbs are NOT treatments for vaginal atrophy.
You can use olive oil as a moisturizer and lubricant, but it will not restore the integrity of the vaginal tissue. Oral ospemifene/Osphena® is a non-estrogen ORAL option and for Medicare patients when sent to a specialty pharmacy (PRO Care is available for most women). You have to be pro-active in finding less expensive medication options.
All my best,
Speaking of Women's Health nurse
June 7, 2019 at 8:44pm