Fairchild ArchiveAlexandra Owens, Allure magazine
I'm as into anti-aging creams as the next girl-I even fight wrinkles on my neck and hands. But I'd never even considered hitting below the belt until I heard about moisturizers, such as Intimina, that promise to keep our innermost tissues youthful. (Yes, they're for your vagina.) I called Dr. Hilda Hutcherson, clinical professor of obstetrics and gynecology and associate dean at Columbia University's College of Physicians and Surgeons, to get the scoop.
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Do I have to worry about vagina wrinkles now? Are there aesthetic benefits to these moisturizers? [Hysterical laughter.] I get that question all the time-patients are so concerned about what it looks like! Nobody is looking at it, and if he's looking at it, he doesn't care. No, we're talking about comfort here.
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So why should we use moisturizers down south? They're for vaginal dryness, which can feel scratchy. Women who're premenopausal can experience this, and sometimes birth control pills or antihistamines can cause it. Using a moisturizer can help. They're similar to lubricants but aren't drippy. Lube is going to make a mess, and being messy is only good when you're having sex.
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Are there any other benefits?
If you're sexually active, using a moisturizer may mean you don't have to use a lubricant or can use less.
How's it different from your face or body lotion?
Intimina has aloe vera in it-it's soothing. You want to make sure that there are no chemicals that can make a bad situation worse. Your moisturizer should be paraben-, fragrance-, and alcohol-free.
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