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Vaginal Cream Applicator: How to Use

Vaginal applicators are used to help dispense medication into the vagina where it is then absorbed. Vaginal applicators are first filled with a cream or gel containing medications determined by the doctor and then placed in the vagina where the medication can be pushed out to the site of action. Vaginal creams or gels are often utilized if a medication is unable to be delivered in a different dosage form.

How to Load and Insert A Vaginal Applicator

Step 1: Wash your hands thoroughly with warm soapy water.

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Step 2: Push the plunger fully into the applicator, so that it is ready to be filled.

Step 3: Twist the threaded end of the applicator onto the ointment tube.

Step 4: Squeeze the ointment tube, allowing the plunger to rise to the desired amount.

How to use compounded ointment tube

Step 5: Twist the applicator off of the ointment tube.

Step 6: Remove your clothing to expose your vaginal area and get into a comfortable position.  Lie on your back with your legs slightly bent towards your belly this position will help expose the vaginal opening.  Alternatively, you can stand with knees slightly bent and feet a few inches apart. Carefully insert the tip of the applicator into the vagina.

Step 7: Slowly press the plunger until it stops, then removes the applicator.

Step 8: Wash your hands and the applicator (if reusing) thoroughly with warm soapy water.

Talk to your doctor or pharmacist

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Inserting vaginal creams should be easy and painless. Talk with your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions or are having trouble using the applicator or medication properly. Check with your doctor if you notice pain, burning, itching, or other signs of irritation not present before you started using this medicine.

Question: What should I do if I miss a dose?
Answer: If you miss a dose of your vaginal cream applies the missed dose as soon as possible. If your next dose is less than 4 hours away, then skip the missed dose and simply apply the next dose at the time that corresponds to the dosing regimen on your prescription label.

Helpful Tips


  1. Vaginal medications can be messy and many women may choose to wear a pad for a period of time following insertion. 
  2. Try to avoid exercise or excessive movement for approximately one hour after insertion.
  3. Don’t use tampons when using a vaginal cream or gel. Tampons can absorb some of the medication preventing it from working accurately.
  4. Store medication in a cool, dry place out of the reach of children.


We can ensure your next medication is compounded with the same quality and care as this one.
When you approach the end of your compounded cream call:
Coast to Coast Compounding (303-237-4478)
*Please allow 24-48hr to prepare your cream* 

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