Vaginal lubricants and moisturizers are effective at relieving discomfort and pain during sexual intercourse for women. They reduce the friction associated with thin, dry genital tissue.
Lubricants act rapidly to provide short-term relief from vaginal dryness and related pain during sex. You apply vaginal lubricants just before or during sex.
Vaginal moisturizers rehydrate dry mucosal tissue and are absorbed into the skin. They adhere to the vaginal lining and mimic natural vaginal secretions. You apply vaginal moisturizers regularly, from every day to once every 2–3 days.