Can AH! YES products be used on sensitive skin?
All AH! YES products are certified organic, which is the guarantee to our customer of product purity: assuring you there is nothing unknown, hidden or damaging present in our organic products. To find out more, read our ingredients policy www.ahyes.org/faqs/ingredients.htm.
In summary, AH! YES products are not made with petrochemicals, parabens, known skin irritants, grapefruit seed extract, glycerine, hormones, silicone or propylene glycol. For example, our AH! YES WB water-based lubricant contains five plant extracts, all used in food, and food-grade preservatives. Three of the extracts have healing pedigrees of over 4000 years. As a result we believe that our products are the safest on the market anywhere, ideal for use on sensitive skin.
The preservatives we use in AH! YES WB and AH! YES VM are approved by the FDA and UK/EU bodies for food and cosmetic applications, as well as by our organic certifier The Soil Association. The preservatives are used as sparingly as possible, in the lowest concentrations to be effective. To date we have found no naturally occurring approved preservative that works safely and effectively – so we chose the best available alternative solution, phenoxyethanol.
What is the best lubricant for Lichen Sclerosis?
We receive many emails from customers with LS and some from women with Lichen Planus who have found AH! YES products helpful, both as daily relief from the irritation and for use during intercourse. It appears to be quite a personal choice as to which product they choose. You can read their feedback here and for more information about this condition, choose Lichen Sclerosus from the Intimate Health drop-down menu.
We find the majority of our customers with LS seem to prefer AH! YES OB plant-oil based lubricant, as it is a richly soothing emollient and can be used on a daily basis as well as during intercourse (not with condoms though). AH! YES WB water-based lubricant is more suitable for intercourse but some sufferers use it for daily moisture and comfort as well.
If you are being treated with a steroid cream then it would be best to leave 12 hours between applying the AH! YES OB and the steroid, as the oil could act as a barrier. AH! YES WB will be quite quickly absorbed so the time between applying it and the steroid cream could be much shorter.
You might find it helpful to visit The Association for Lichen Sclerosus and Vulval Health website http://lichensclerosus.org and the website for the British Society for the Study of Vulval Disease http://www.bssvd.org/
If you are using dilators or adult toys to aid sexual intercourse, both AH! YES oil-based and water-based are safe to use with these aids.
Can I use AH! YES with vaginismus?
Treatment for Vaginismus seeks to identify the underlying emotional causes whilst also addressing the condition’s physical discomfort. In independent case studies, AH! YES has proven to be successful in remedying the physical difficulties associated with Vaginismus.
Treatment of the physical symptoms of Vaginismus relies on you becoming more accustomed to intimate touching, and eventually, penetration. Healthcare professionals will either recommend that you begin using vaginal dilators or if you are not comfortable with this, that you take the time to gently relax and explore yourself. Whichever of these methods proves to be the best for you, it is advisable that you choose an intimate lubricant to aid you in achieving penetration. However, many products on the market are unsuitable for such a delicate condition, due to their lubricating properties and their ingredients.
AH! YES should be the natural choice for women who experience Vaginismus. AH! YES lubricants are guaranteed pure through their organic certification and contain no potentially harmful chemical ingredients. Their unique plant-based formulations protect and lubricate intimate tissues during intercourse, and unlike synthetic, glycerine-based products, will not leave a sticky residue behind after use. AH! YES products are safe for use with vaginal dilators.
To read more about Vaginismus click here
How can AH! YES help with vaginal dryness?
AH! YES VM Vaginal Moisturizer is a safe long-term solution to Vaginal Dryness (Atrophic Vaginitis) & offers instant relief from itching, soreness and painful intercourse. It is designed to release water to rehydrate dry vaginal tissues as needed, over extended periods, such as 1-3 days. AH! YES VM is more of a slow-release moisturizer than AH! YES WB water-based lubricant, as the rate of moisturizing is determined by the degree of vaginal tissue dryness. The drier the tissues are, the more water will be released. AH! YES VM puts your body in control of rehydrating itself.
It is a natural-feeling, condom-compatible lubricant and also helps to restore typical vaginal pH so protects against Thrush (Candida albicans). It is hypoallergenic, has no skin irritants or concerning chemicals and as it is made without hormones and parabens, it is safe to use during and after cancer treatment. In respect of how often to use the product, it can be used freely & frequently to re-moisturize dry vaginal tissues.
Using AH! Yes VM as a moisturizer as well as a lubricant for intimate relations is perfectly fine, however you might find using AH! YES WB for intercourse preferable as it releases water more rapidly to where it is needed most for making love. You can check by sensing whether you are still moist and lubricated or whether you have become a little dry again; use your body as a guide.
If you experience soreness relating to penetration you can protect against that by using AH! YES OB on your partner (usually enjoyable!) and AH! YES WB on/in you, which makes for ease and comfort. If you are comfortable, pleasure is enabled, if you are in any pain, it is hard to relax and feel any pleasure – so, again ensure you use enough.
How can AH! YES help with menopausal dryness?
Approximately 80% of menopausal women will experience vaginal dryness due to hormonal changes. This condition can cause discomfort and pain, particularly during sexual intercourse and while there is a wide range of treatments on the market, some contain hormones or chemicals that you may prefer not to use on your delicate tissues.
Although menopause is a normal, physiological process in the lives of women, many report uncomfortable urogenital symptoms as they transition through this stage. Such symptoms include urinary frequency, increased urinary tract infections, vaginal dryness and irritation, and painful intercourse, among others.
AH! YES VM Vaginal Moisturizer is natural and safe to use topically, and will protect and rehydrate sensitive tissues naturally. It is certified organic, making it the purest solution to the symptoms of menopausal vaginal dryness. AH! YES’ unique, plant-based formula provides instant relief from itching, soreness and painful intercourse.
We would recommend using the pre-filled applicators as they help to administer the product much higher into the vaginal area than fingers can reach when using the tubes (which do not come with applicators). Using 1 every 3 days should be part of your daily regime and if you are still experiencing irritation topically then apply more using the tubes, being guided by your body as to how often/much to use.
If you are requiring assistance with lovemaking we would recommend using the AH! YES WB or AH! YES OB products and both your partner and yourself should apply to each other to maximize slipperiness and facilitate penetration.
How can AH! YES help with painful sex (intercourse)?
Painful sex (also known as Dyspareunia) can have many origins as you are probably aware, and they are often difficult to identify. Due to the complexity of Dyspareunia we cannot, with absolute confidence, say that AH! YES products will help.
If the soreness is caused by dryness and lack of natural lubrication, then AH! YES WB water-based personal lubricant will certainly provide moisture, slipperiness and intimate ease.
Obviously we have to be cautious in saying that AH! YES products will alleviate symptoms, in case there is any underlying condition, but many of our customers celebrate the restoration of pleasurable sex through using our products.
How can AH! YES help with vaginal atrophy?
Vaginal atrophy means the drying and thinning of the tissues of the vaginal wall – not just at the vaginal entrance. AH! YES VM vaginal moisturizer in convenient pre-filled applicators allows delivery of the moisturizing properties of AH! YES to the higher part of the vagina, probably higher than fingers may reach when using our tubes. They are just a convenient, pre-measured and hygienic means of getting the product in the right place. Certainly, a deeper distribution could alleviate any dryness you may be experiencing. If you encounter itching, you will need to apply the product topically where relief is needed.
Using AH! YES VM as a moisturizer as well as a lubricant for intimate relations is perfectly fine, however you might need to reapply before making love. You can check by sensing whether you are still moist and lubricated or whether you have become a little dry again; use your body as a guide. If you would prefer a more immediate effect you could consider using AH! YES WB as a lubricant for intercourse and AH! YES VM as a daily moisturizer for comfort.
If you experience soreness relating to penetration you can protect against that by using AH! YES OB plant-oil based lubricant on your partner (usually enjoyable!) and AH YES WB on/in you, which makes for ease and comfort. If you are comfortable, pleasure is enabled, if you are in any pain, it is hard to relax and feel any pleasure – so, again ensure you use enough.