Evvy is a vaginal health company that specializes in the vaginal microbiome and today we're going to teach you how to insert a vaginal suppository. We know that inserting vaginal suppositories can feel a little bit intimidating, but it doesn't have to be.

What supplies do you need?

So with us, we have our applicator, our suppositories, which you can see in this little plastic bag. And this is all from Clinical Care with Evvy, which is the clinical care that we provide after you take a vaginal microbiome test. It's based on your unique health history and your specific microbiome results. Everything is tailored to you and customized by an Evvy-affiliated provider.

What do vaginal suppositories include?

Vaginal suppositories can include lots of different things, such as:

You should always talk to your doctor or talk to a health care provider about before using any treatment in a vaginal suppository because it's very important to know exactly what's happening in your vaginal microbiome before you put anything in there, whether it's prescription or over the counter.

What should you do in preparation for inserting a suppository?

Always start with a clean space and make sure you wash your hands with soap and water beforehand—you are dealing with your vaginal so you want to keep things sanitary! Some suppositories are easier to insert into the applicator if they are kept refrigerated, which is the case in the demonstration in the video.

How do you insert the suppository?

Open the suppository packaging and place the supplement into the applicator. Sometimes you can stand up like this and put your leg on a toilet seat or a chair or a table to open your vulva a little bit so that it's easier to insert the applicator (just like a tampon).

Then, slowly press the applicator until the suppository gets into the vaginal canal.

How far should you insert the suppository?

Typically, suppositories should be inserted 1/2 inch to 1 inch deep in the vaginal canal.

Is it safe to use a panty-liner after inserting your suppository?

Yes! Some people will use a panty liner or something after they've put their suppository in, in case there's any leakage.

What to expect during vaginal suppository treatments?

It's helpful to keep in mind when using any vaginal suppository that not all of the medication may be absorbed in your vagina and you may experience some discharge that is either suppository residue or byproduct- this is completely normal!

It can also be normal for our bodies to respond to vaginal medications by producing more of our own discharge- this can also be normal!

Typical side effects from using vaginal suppositories besides suppository residue or increased discharge can include the following: mild irritation or itching of the vaginal/vulvar area.

If you experience any moderate to severe reactions to vaginal suppositories such as intense burning or irritation, please seek medical attention.

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