Aug 24, 2011 - 9:35 pm
While I try to make most of my messages to this Board uplifting and affirmative, I am vexed by being sent home after pelvic radiation advised to use any of "the following vaginal lubricants" on my dilator three times a week."
These lubicants include AstroGlide and a few others--which ALL, upon investigation, contain compounds we were warned ten years ago never to use in SKIN products.
These ingredients include the following:
Entire books on "toxic cosmetics" have warned us not to use toiletries, body lotions, or makeups containing these dangerous substances (some of them CARCINOGENS), yet here I am three nights a week--worrying about vaginal vault recurrence yet entreated to use these products on my dilator.
The lubricant I was given samples of at the treatment center was called "Surgilube" but is NOT available at CVS or Rite Aid and I am out of those samples. Nor am I sure that even its single dominant chemical is entirely safe.
Again, I hate t alarm us as we all have neough stress, but shouldn't the oncological community do BETTER by us than blithely prescribing lubricants that contain hazardous substances?
Are any of you using a product that is FREE of any parabens or glycols?
Alarmed but not Suprised (given how often WOMEN have been the subjects of careless med research, from estrogens to osteoporosis drugs that are more harmful than helpful),