Ways to reduce vaginal discharge from tamoxifen?

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Question from JJJ: I am having a lot of vaginal discharge with tamoxifen. Is there any way to lessen this? I don't want my partner to be freaked out.
Answers - Kara Nakisbendi Vaginal discharge is very common with women taking tamoxifen. For some women it can help as far as lubrication during intercourse; for some women, though, it is uncomfortable. Even though there is lubrication, the tissue still feels thin and there's more friction due to the lack of estrogen. Wear cotton underwear that can breathe, and don't overly clean yourself with a washcloth or harsh soaps. Usually the discharge, as long as it's not itching and there's no unusual odor, is just a usual discharge and won't really be noticed by the partner.

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