During our first Sexual Health After Cancer Workshop at Rehab Specialists Physical Therapy Treatment Center, Jenni Rai and I gathered with an intimate group of women to talk about sexuality, sex after cancer treatment, and hold space while exploring sexual health from a mind-body approach.
I recommended a number of products that are specifically aimed to aid women and their partners during or after cancer treatment such as pjur med, Hip Hemp, and Intimina.
Read on to learn more about these products that can help you and your partner revive your sex life, during or after cancer.
One common concern in my practice is healthy sexuality after cancer for survivors and their partners. I recommend vaginal massage and conditioning to rejuvenate genital tissue that becomes dry and sensitive after cancer treatment. Lubrication is essential when dealing with vaginal dryness. Regular massage and genital stimulation help alleviate symptoms of vaginal dryness and sensitivity.
pjur med products have natural ingredients that moisturize and protect the genital tissue during sexual activity. pjur med provided lubrication samples for our workshop and pamphlets including product information. I recommend the following products for vaginal dryness and sensitivity from the pjur med product range:
pjur®med PREMIUM glide is specially formulated for dry or highly sensitive mucous membrane in the genital area. The unique formula, made of high quality silicones without preservatives is compatible with most skin and mucosa types. pjur® med PREMIUM is non pore blocking, leaving skin feeling silky and smooth.
pjur®med REPAIR glide is a water-based intimate personal lubricant with regenerative hyaluron for dry and stressed vaginal tissue. Hyaluron has the ability to bind large amounts of water and to provide better than average lubrication. Hyaluron enables optimal regeneration of the skin.
pjur med offers a variety of water-based and silicone lubricants that include natural oils and ingredients that are safe for the body and is one of the best lubricants for vaginal dryness and sensitive tissue in the market today.
In cooperation with the Melbourne Royal Women’s Hospital, the University of Melbourne carried out a research study by using a silicone-based formula from pjur. It compared the effects of a silicone-based lubricant and a water-based lubricant for the symptomatic relief of vaginal dryness after breast cancer. All female participants of the trial were given a pjur silicone-based formula to use during the treatment. In the final report, it was concluded that pjur's silicone-based lubricant, improved pain with sex significantly better than the water-based lubricant did.
Hip Hemp is a holistic company based out of Portland, Oregon that specializes in hemp-based formulas targeted to women who experience vaginal atrophy due to loss of estrogen from cancer or even with age. Hip Hemp designed these products specifically for breast cancer survivors and uses only organic botanical ingredients with no estrogen or any fillers. All of the products have a base of hemp seed oil which is full of nutrients that has a smooth rich texture that mimics a woman’s natural vaginal lubrication.
After years of research, testing, and interviews with gynecologists, oncologists, and survivors, Hip Hemp found that this product not only works for survivors but for any women who may need a little extra care. They found that women who take medications or are undergoing treatments for any type of medical condition can experience a change in the vaginal walls which can lead to pain during intercourse or pain in everyday life. During their research phase, they discovered there is not much available on the market that is not full of chemicals or even estrogen. Hip Hemp also discovered that this area is hard to shop for since woman’s health is not discussed as much as it should be.
Hip Hemp’s “In the Pink” is made up of all organic botanicals – made by mother nature, not chemicals. They offer Moisture Drops and intimate massage oils made of hemp, grapeseed oils (which are rich in Omega 3 and 6 linoleic acids with anti-inflammatory) and vitamin E.
The essential oils that are used in each product offer their own benefits such as studies done at Brigham Young University state that Sandalwood is highly effective against breast, prostrate, cervical and skin cancer. Bergamot sooths nerves and induces feelings of relaxation and sedation.
The moisture drops are designed to sooth and moisturize the vagina. Used with our intimate massage oils will give the best benefits.
Intimina: Caring for a woman’s most intimate needs
Intimina is a Swedish brand that offers the first and only range of products dedicated exclusively to all aspects of women’s intimate health. Since their launch in 2009, the Intimina brand has rapidly expanded to offer intimate care products that are accessible to women around the world. Intimina has established itself as an essential part of women’s intimate well-being. We were lucky enough to learn about their line of products for sexual wellness including Vibrators, Kegel exercisers, menstrual cups, and moisturizers.
Thank you again to our wonderful friends at pjur med, Intimina, and Hip Hemp Oil for their support!