What is HRT? Can I use lubricant if I am on HRT?
Hormone Replacement Therapy, or HRT, is used primarily in women when their natural hormone levels are significantly changed. The two biggest groups of women receiving HRT are those who are perimenopausal (those going through menopause) and are having trouble adjusting to or living their life with their new hormonal levels, and those women who have had a hysterectomy (especially those whose hysterectomies happened at a younger age). When the female reproductive organs go through menopause, or are removed, they significantly impact the regular production of hormones, particularly estrogen and progesterone. One of the first signs of reduced estrogen levels in the body can be a decrease in vaginal lubrication, which then leads to vaginal dryness.
This vaginal dryness is one of the reasons many women choose to go on HRT, although it also relieves symptoms like hot flashes, moodiness, slowing onset of or reducing chance of having osteoporosis, etc. Post menopause, many of these symptoms disappear, although quite a lot of women continue to report experiencing vaginal dryness throughout their older ages.
One easy way to deal with vaginal dryness, either with or without the use of HRT, is adding a little bit of a good quality lubricant into your sexual play. Whether you chose a silicone based lube or a water based lube, adding lube with help to re-lubricate the vagina (and anus, if you choose to play there as well). A slick vagina or anus increase pleasure, reduces the friction that occurs during penetration (of fingers, toys, penises, etc), and very importantly, reduces the chance of vaginal or anal tissue tearing during sexual activity. Not only can these micro fissions wind up being painful; they can also leave the body more susceptible to the transmission of bacterial infections, and even sexually transmitted infections (STIs). Moreover, since HRT is not recommended for use for a long period of time, and is contraindicated in those who have migraines, survivors of breast or ovarian cancer, those with liver disease, CAD, and more, itâ€™s always great to have a bottle of lube on hand to keep things nice and slick whenever you want, regardless of whether you have HRT going on as part of your medical regime.
You can absolutely use lubricant when you are on HRT, as well as before you are on HRT, and after you have completed your HRT treatment. Just make sure you are using a water based lubricant or silicone based lubricant, and youâ€™ll be ready to rock whenever you are ready!