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Hi, does anybody know how to apply Emla cream on the vagina before sexual intercourse in order to reduce pain? I need to know where exactly to apply it, how long for, whether to cover it or not and how much to apply? Has anyone used it for this purpose before? It was recommended to me by a medical professional following treatment but I really don\'t want to go back and ask. Urgent help much appreciated.


After a long treatment trying various methods and other products, Emla was suggested by the specialist.... I\'ve got it at home ready to use but just don\'t know how... and I really don\'t want to go back and ask.... so if someone could help me I\'d be grateful.

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replied March 5th, 2011
Sexual Health - Women Answer A20372
Hello and welcome to eHealth forum!

This is an anesthetic cream and can be applied in the first portion of vagina, at the mouth and inside. However, if you have pain in initial stages of penetration, then treating the cause will be more beneficial.

Usually pain during the initial stages of penetration is due to UTI and vaginal infection or vaginitis, a tight vaginal wall, sores at the mouth of vagina or vestibulitis, vulvodynia or a dry vagina (frictional injury), rough sex, in first timers, vaginal tears, thrush or fungal infection.

There are many problems that cause vaginal dryness such as hypothyroidism, Sjogren’s syndrome, vaginitis or inflammation of vagina, dermatitis of skin around vagina, condom allergy, or allergy to soaps and lotions. Low estrogen is another cause. Sometimes the foreplay is not adequate for the female to be aroused as the arousal time of the two partners is different.

Please consult your gynecologist regarding this as a confirmed diagnosis is not possible on net. Hope this helps. Take care!

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