D.VICE Sex Q & A. I no longer get wet when aroused since having cervical treatment, is this normal?

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I had an abnormal cervical smear results followed by surgery  a few months ago and notice a change in my natural lubrication. I don't seem to have any. Is this normal and what can I do about it?

I have tried several lubes including KY, Ansell, Durex, Wet Stuff and they all create a stinging sensation and sometimes thrush, intercourse without lube is painful and a turn off, what are my options?

D.VICE Sexpert Answers

Removing pre-cancerous cells from the cervix also removes glands that produce lubricating fluids during arousal.  Unfortunately this information is not widely shared with women pre surgery so they can adjust to the changes. Depending on the nature of the surgery, for some women it can take months or years to regain natural lubrication.

For others, specifically where the cervix is removed or after a full hysterectomy leading to menopause, natural lubrication may cease. There are many good quality lubes available and some are made in NZ. 

Trialling different lubes can be a little bit costly, but is recommended to find one that suits you. It can be a good idea to have a couple of brands on hand as the vagina and vulva is a sensitive area and sometimes using the same lube over a long period of time can lead to a reaction.

D.VICE has been selling Probe personal lubricant since the sex toy company was started in 1997.  It has been the number one selling product year on year and also the staff preferred brand. Probe has a natural preservative- grapefruit seed extract and has been designed to mimic body fluids.

Silky Light mimics saliva and Thick Rich mimics women's natural lubrication. A very small amount is needed and it can be reactivated using water. Probe personal lube is tasteless, odourless and colorfree which also contribute to its hypoallergenic properties. Probe works for women and men of all ages and life stages. Probe is suitable for vaginal and anal sex and works well for menopausal women.
We recommend using Probe with Smartballs to tone and strengthen pelvic floor muscles. Probe dries dry, not sticky and is water based so doesn't stain or leave a mess.
Closer to home is Love Lube. This Organic lube is Certified by BioGro NZ the internationally accredited Organic Certification body of New Zealand.
This silky smooth lube is also hypoallergenic and Made in New Zealand.
Both these brands are compatible with condoms and sex toys including silicone sex toys.
Another NZ brand Bonk, make an oil based lube, great for vaginal and anal sex and a good option for women in various stages of menopause. As an oil based lube it can leave some marks so good to be prepared.

Silicone based lubes have a good consistency, however D.VICE does not  recommend  using these vaginally as they are hard to wash off andand there are many brands of varying qualify.

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