Hi. Accutane works by shrinking the sebaceous (oil) glands in the skin. They grow back very slowly, by which time the patient has nearly always outgrown their tendency for acne. Accutane can also affect hair, lips, eyes, nose and vagina. Skin can be fragile for up to 6 months after finishing Accutane. However, it is very unusual to still be experiencing vaginal dryness after a year.
Have you changed anything else, method of birth control for example?
Using a fruit-flavored lubricant will make it feel more sexy and less clinical than using something like KY Jelly.
Make an appointment with your doctor, as it is unusual for this problem to persist after stopping Accutane.
I am having the exact same problem. Like you, I was constantly wet with a healthy sexual appetite. Accutane has changed this drastically. I have very low sexual desire and absolutely no natural lubrication even with stimulation. Have you had any resolution? I've been off of accutane (sotret) for 2 months and only took a very low dose before stopping treatment after about a month due to joint pain. I've never had any vaginal issues, and have always been very sexually healthy, and now, I feel so helpless. Anyone have any suggestions?
I took Accutane 14 years ago and have the same problem with vaginal dryness. Using intravaginal lubricant creates an unbearable stinging sensation both in the vagina and on the vestibule. The only lubricant that is remotely tolerable is Replens which is not covered by drug plans and is extremely expensive. I have been in two long term relationships in my life - both which ended as a result of this problem. I wish I would have known about this prior to using this medication as a teenager. I wish I had advice for those who are having this problem.
I am on Accutane for a second time, and the first time I was still a virgin. Now I have been on it for almost a month and I am experiencing pain during sex, and bleeding. My skin is very dry and I have an issue of vaginal dryness. I'm terrified that it will not go away after stopping taking the medication. Dry skin is the only other side effect I suffer from. I'm only 17 so I hope that this does not stay with me forever. I think i'm going to ask my dermatologist about it and maybe she will give me a way to help with the problem.
Can you please tell me if the effects of vaginal dryness after accutane are permanent. I've been on it for 6 months and finished my course yesterday. But 3 days ago I had stimulation and sex and it was dry down there and the sex hurt. I've never experienced this I'm 22 and really worried it won't go away. Answers appreciated.
Everything will go back to normal but it takes at least a year to get out of your system. I too was dry and also developed very bad wrinkles around my mouth due to the dry skin, although my skin is improving everyday, i have now developed Actinic Cheititis on my bottom lip which is due to the Accutane, I will never take this drug again and it never got rid of my acne, I am back to what i use to be. So hold on in-there and the oil will come back but it takes time.
Thanks for posting a positive experience. I've been off Accutane for about 6 months now and I am still experiencing vaginal dryess and loss of sex drive (though its gotten a little better now). Hope I can enjoy sex again soon like I used to. :)
I know exactly how you feel, I used to get wet all the time before accutane. over 2 years later, I still cannot get wet. I don't feel like a woman. I used to leave literally puddles on sheets during sex. Now, it's impossible for me to get wet. I have to use lube and I hate it. I don't feel like a woman. I am so depressed about it. I've been looking online for years to see if there are things to help...I can't find anything except lube. I want to go back to how I was. Accutane fixed my skin, but ruined my self-esteem in a new way, I don't feel like a woman. I am 21 and should not feel like a dried up old lady. I want relationships but my dryness is the reason why many have ended.....anyone know what can help. I have been so depressed. I wish I never took this stupid medicine.
Has anyone found a solution? I'm suffering 6 years after taking accutane
I am having this same side effect... I am 3-4 months in and on a 20mg dosage... everything I am reading is absolutely terrifying me. I spoke to my dermatologist and sought opinions from 2 other dermatologists and all 3 have said that vaginal dryness does occur, however; will eventually resolve. My Dr. basically told me to continue with the treatment, however; after reading this I am absolutely anxious and hopeless that I may have caused permanent damage to my body and to my sex life. Has anyone had any positive changes in the past few months??
What dosage where you on? I am currently in treatment and am having awful vaginal dryness but my doctor assured me my body would return to normal a few months post treatment... after reading this reviews I'm not so sure anymore and I am absolutely terrified of the damage I may be doing to my body. I just started my 4th month... do you think at this point the damage is irreversible?
I would say they are. I was on it when I was 14 or 15 and am now almost 28 and have vaginal dryness, lack of libido, high cholesterol, very dry face, joint problems, and more. I didn't do my research before going on as I was a naïve teenager that didn't want embarrassing Acne. At one point, a few years after I was off it I got stomach ulcers and they said it was from the Accutane. I am a very healthy individual that exercises and eats somewhat healthy. I can contribute all of these problems to Accutane. I did not become sexually active until after I was off the medication so I really don't have a comparison for how enjoyable sex can be. I can tell you, I don't really enjoy it because of the dryness and lack of excitement and I really wonder if that is due to the long-term effects of Accutane causing the dryness and libido problems. If I hear anyone in the future bring up going on this medication, I will steer them clear because it has caused nothing but problems. Keep in mind, my acne also came back so all of that crap for nothing. GOOD LUCK! Hopefully things get better for you.
look at my post that I just posted to this forum. I don't want to scare you, but I took it over 10 years ago and still have the problem. I thought it was just me, but after doing research I found out it's a long term side effect of the horrendous drug.
I am reading this as I research about accurate for my daughter. I am in my sixties and have experienced many of these problems with dryness and painful intercourse after menopause. My gynecologist put me on estradiol (estrogen tablet inserted into the vagina) and an estrogen cream applied locally at the opening. I do this twice a week and it took care of all of these symptoms. Hope this might be away to help some of you who are experiencing this as a side effect.
Before accutane, I was still a virgin. However, i knew my body and I had no issues with getting wet. I took a 40mg dose of accutane for 6 months. I experienced horrible dryness, nightmares, back pain, it made me cranky, dry vagina, and I could barely scratch myself and my skin would just flake off. I literally felt like some kind of monster. I’ve been off accutane for 7 months and some symptoms have gotten better (my lips aren’t so chapped, my mood is better, and my skin isn’t so sensitive) but I am still having issues with vaginal lubrication. The only time it’s tolerable for sex is during ovulation and it sometimes gets a little wet. It’s embarrassing and it makes me not want to have sex. My skin looks amazing. I’m confident everywhere else except the bedroom.
I am reading the comments and pretty much scared, about 1 month of taking oratane i told my doctor about all the side effects including the dryness, she said it cant be it. Most of the doctors including the gynecologist keep denying that the dryness is from the pills. But then again its only the people who take the teatment that can give this feedback.
Hello ladies. I too took accutane about 11 years ago (around age 34) and have experienced dry vagina and lowered libido ever since. Before that I had zero problems lubricating and had a very healthy sex drive. I had no idea it was a side effect for this drug (doctor never mentioned it and I didn’t see it among the side effects). If I had known, I would have just kept suffering from the acne to retain a healthy sex life with my husband. I didn’t even put it together until a couple years ago when the dryness discomfort started getting worse with the beginnings of peri menopause. I thought back and realized mid-thirties was too early for a healthy woman to become dry... My gynecologist didn’t have any thoughts on the reason and was not very helpful treating the problem (“use lube”). I thought back to that time and finally put 2 and 2 together. At first I couldn’t find anything to connect my issue to accutane but now I’ve found all of you to corroborate my theory. Does anyone recall reading this in the official side effects? We should make a class action law suit for this. It’s a terrible side effect.