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A question about cleansing

Ugh, this is really embarrassing but it drives me nuts.  After my hysterectomy a few years ago, I went on Femring for HRT.  I love it.  However, it creates a lot of white discharge.  Daily, I have to spend a long time cleaning a pasty film off my labia minora, inside (pink, smooth) area of labia majora, and on and underneath the hood, including my clitoris.  It does not come off easily and it takes a long time to clean.  

This is so frustrating!  I'm careful but it still hurts.  I end each session by applying a personal lubricant, hoping that it acts as a deterrent.  It did help some, but not nearly enough.  I don't have a bathtub so a soak isn't possible, and I don't know if that would work anyway.  Is there anything that will easily and safely help me clean this area?  Is there any product that will help?

I don't want to change my HRT because I don't want more pills and I am allergic to adhesives (so, no patches).  

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The only thing I can think of is maybe try vasoline instead of the lubricant? Don't know if you'd want to do that every single day, but maybe alternate between the two?
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Definitely not petroleum jelly. It's not water soluble and is itself hard to remove without painful scrubbing. I would try a q-tip with a bit of mineral oil on it for the actual cleansing, instead of just afterwards. That or some intimate lubricant. Baby lotion might work as well, but I would steer clear of "scented" or soapy stuff. Just curious, does the discharge have a strong smell? If hormone related, your doc may want to back off on the dosage if possible. Sounds like it triggers an abundance of smegma and sebum in the vulva. I am not yet on HRT, but have always had this "blessing". However, mine generally wipes away with a tissue quite easily. Since it does not sound like yours is strictly cervical / vaginal mucous, I a wonder why it seems so stubbornly adherent. Let me know if you figure this one out, girl!
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