What is the Difference Between Lubricants and Vaginal Moisturizers?

February 11, 2015
Vaginal Lubricants vs. Vaginal Moisturizers

As women age and near menopause, estrogen levels begin to drop, affecting a number of things, including vaginal moisture. Many women experience vaginal dryness as a symptom of menopause. In addition, certain medications, diabetes, and cancer treatment can cause vaginal dryness. Fortunately, there are options available for replenishing moisture: vaginal lubricants and vaginal moisturizers.

Whether you are experiencing painful intercourse or ongoing discomfort, you will want to consider trying a lubricant or a vaginal moisturizer. The Replens™ brand wants you to understand how a lubricant and a moisturizer are different and how each can work for you!

Vaginal Lubricants

Women are typically most familiar with vaginal lubricants, products that are used prior to sex to ease painful intercourse. If you are looking for an option that can be used right before having sex to enhance intimacy, a vaginal lubricant is the answer. A lubricant will provide a natural feeling and continuous pleasure for those moments of intimacy.

Replens™ Silky Smooth Personal Lubricant offers vaginal dryness lubrication, enhancing the ease and comfort of intimate sexual activity. As a premium silicone lubricant, it lasts longer than water based lubricants and is compatible with most condoms. Silky Smooth is preservative-free and non-irritating, providing thin, yet extremely slippery lubrication. If you’re experiencing painful intercourse, apply Silky Smooth right before intercourse and reapply as needed.

Vaginal Moisturizers

A vaginal moisturizer is a great option for women who are experiencing ongoing discomfort due to vaginal dryness, or are experiencing painful intercourse and looking for the ability to be spontaneous, day or night. Unlike a vaginal lubricant, a vaginal moisturizer can be applied regularly and at least 2 hours prior to sex, rather than right before as you would with a lubricant. A vaginal moisturizer aims to replenish vaginal moisture and relieve ongoing discomfort experienced with vaginal dryness.

Replens™ Long-Lasting Vaginal Moisturizer provides immediate relief of vaginal dryness symptoms and lasts up to 3 days. Since it is estrogen free, Replens is a great alternative to hormone treatments. Replens is also different from other lotions and lubricants because it contains a patented bio-adhesive ingredient that allows it to attach to dry, compacted cells and deliver continuous moisture until those cells are naturally regenerated.

Replens Vaginal Moisturizer is:

  • Estrogen Free
  • Fragrance Free
  • Tasteless
  • Compatible with Most condoms

Replens Silky Smooth Lubricant vs. Replens Long-Lasting Vaginal Moisturizer

ReplensTM Silky Smooth Lubricant ReplensTM Long-Lasting Vaginal Moisturizer
Helps enhance intimacy Helps replenish vaginal moisture
Apply prior to sex Use regularly or at least 2 hours prior to sex
Reapply as needed Lasts up to 3 days
Hormone Free / Estrogen Free Hormone Free / Estrogen Free
Doctor Recommended Doctor Recommended

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Vaginal moisturizers and vaginal lubricants are both great options for replenishing vaginal moisture. If you’re experiencing painful intercourse and looking to enhance intimacy, give Replens™ Silky Smooth lubricant a try. If you’re experiencing ongoing discomfort and would like continued moisture, try Replens Long-Lasting vaginal moisturizer. You do not have to suffer in silence any longer. Invest in a lubricant or moisturizer and get back to feeling like yourself!

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