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NHS Lubricant Prescriptions
Great news! YES WB water-based vaginal lubricant and YES VM vaginal moisturiser are available on prescription in the UK!
What is the difference between WB & VM?
YES WB water-based vaginal lubricant
YES WB water-based vaginal lubricant is a pH balanced moisturising water based lubricant for women with mild to moderate vaginal dryness for use during intercourse. The water is released quickly to help lubricate dry vaginal tissue to make sex more comfortable.
|6 x 5ml Prefilled Applicators||£5.14||Pip code: 345-5805|
|75 ml tube||£7.00||Pip code: 345-5789|
YES VM vaginal moisturiser
YES VM vaginal moisturiser is for women suffering from moderate to severe vaginal dryness or atrophy and should be used regularly over a long period of time. YES VM is balanced for vaginal pH and osmolality and releases water to hydrate dry and atrophied tissue as and when it is needed. YES VM provides moisture for up to 3 days. Cases of severe dryness will benefit from more frequent use (1 applicator or 5ml every 1-2 days)
|6 x 5ml Pre-filled Applicators||£5.14||Pip code: 402-3420|
|100ml tube||£7.00||Pip code: 402-3412|
Both these products can be used alongside vaginal oestrogen or on their own as an alternative for women for whom all oestrogen is contraindicated or who simply wish not to use any oestrogen. If patients are using Vagifem twice weekly, then YES VM can be used on the other days as often as necessary.
Why choose YES over other standard prescribable vaginal moisturisers?
YES products represent a radical breakthrough in lubricant and moisturiser technology using water-holding bio-adhesive plant polymers instead of the traditional glycerine (used in Replens, Sylk and Regelle) which is known to be a mucosal irritant. YES is naturally non-sticky and has been designed to be side effect free and non-irritating.
Drug Tariff Price Comparisons
|Preparation in Applicators||Price per pack||Cost per dose|
|Replens MD vaginal moisturiser 6d Pack||£6.06||£1.01|
|YES WB water-based vaginal lubricant 6d Pack||£5.14||£0.86|
|YES VM vaginal moisturiser 6d Pack||£5.14||£0.86|
|Preparation in a tube|
|Sylk vaginal moisturiser 40g Tube||£5.16||£0.40|
|YES WB water-based vaginal lubricant 75ml Tube
YES VM vaginal moisturiser 100 ml Tube
|Vagifem – Oestrogen Pessaries (24) per pack||£16.72||£0.70|
Women undergoing treatment for cancer
YES natural intimate lubricants and moisturisers have become a valued addition to the survivorship programme, supporting sexual well-being in women who have had treatment for gynaecological and breast cancers.
When radiotherapy, chemotherapy or surgery have affected sexual function and have caused the distress and discomfort of vaginal dryness, it is vital that the purest possible non-hormonal solution is offered.
In 2012 the WHO released an advisory paper on the safety of lubricants for use with condoms and revealed that hyperosmotic lubricants can damage epithelial cells. In 2015 David Edwards and Nick Panay published a review article in Climacteric, entitled Treating Vulvovaginal Atrophy / Genitourinary symptoms of menopause: How important is vaginal lubricant and moisturiser composition? (ref)
In the conclusion to the article, the authors advised that women choose a product that is optimally balanced in terms of both osmolality and pH and is physiologically most similar to natural vaginal secretions.
YES VM vaginal moisturiser and YES WB water-based vaginal lubricant are both within the recommended range for pH and osmolality whereas many standard vaginal moisturiser and lubricants are often formulated with ingredients that render them hyperosmotic.
Information for obtaining YES products on prescription
You can request a prescription for YES WB water-based vaginal lubricant or YES VM vaginal moisturiser from your GP or Consultant. They will find it on their e-prescribing system listed simply as YES with the options of 6 x 5ml pre-filled applicators or tubes. If your GP is reluctant to prescribe YES, please tell them that it is cheaper than the alternative products. You can find more about requesting YES on prescription in our FAQ section https://www.yesyesyes.org/faqs/
PIP Codes for pharmacies
YES WB water-based vaginal lubricant
6 x 5ml Prefilled Applicators – £5.14 – Pip code: 345-5805
75 ml tube – £7.00 – Pip code: 345-5789
YES VM Vaginal Moisturiser
6 x 5ml Pre-filled Applicators – £5.14 – Pip code: 402-3420
100ml tube – £7.00 – Pip code: 402-3412
What healthcare professionals are saying about YES
These Health Care Professionals are reporting effective side effect free relief for a wide range of symptoms and disorders.
YES is recommended by:
- GUM Consultants
- Menopause Specialists
- Psychosexual Therapists
- Cancer Nurse Specialists
- Women’s Health Physiotherapists
“In my capacity as a Consultant Gynaecologist with a special interest in premature menopause, I see many women suffering from menopausal vaginal atrophy, whose symptoms can be significantly eased through the use of an appropriate vaginal moisturiser / lubricant. Based on my professional experience of such products, and the feedback from my patients I can say without hesitation that the YES range proves to be one of the most successful in combating the discomfort of dryness. I have confidence that its natural formulation affords effective re-moisturisation, while treating sensitive tissues with great gentleness.”
Mr Nick Panay BSc MBBS MRCOG MFSRH
Director of the West London Menopause and PMS Centre
“I work as a Vulval Dermatologist and women with genital skin conditions often find sex, and the friction of sex, can make their skin conditions worse. As a consequence of this I always recommend using a lubricant, and I have found that those women who have used YES report that it is by far the best lube they have tried, both in terms of lubrication and its lack of irritancy.”
Dr Elizabeth Venner – BSc Hons, MBBS, MRCP (UK)
Associate Specialist Dermatology and GUM Royal Cornwall Hospital, Truro Lead Clinician Vulval and Genital Dermatology Service
“Lubricants play a vital and essential role in the treatment of many sexual difficulties and in treating the vaginal dryness that commonly occurs after menopausal vaginal atrophy. I have used YES on many patients over a number of years and have found it to be easy to use, safe, free of side effects and economical in application.”
Dr David Edwards MBBS MSc, GP
Specialist in Male /Female Sexual Dysfunction
President of the British Society for Sexual Medicine
YES samples for health care professionals
If you would like to have samples for your department/clinic to give to your patients/clients to try please complete the form below with your hospital/clinic name and full postal address so that we can arrange this for you. Alternatively email firstname.lastname@example.org with your contact details and address, and we will be
delighted to supply you with sachets and leaflets.
08456 44 8813 | email@example.com
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