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Why K-Y Liquibeads Vaginal Moisturizer Was Recalled

Ten years into menopause, vaginal dryness is the number one complaint. And it affects millions of younger women as well. Earlier this month, J&J (Johnson and Johnson) was asked to recall over 69,000 units of its K-Y Liquibeads products after receiving over 200 complaints from consumers between June 25, 2010 and Dec. 12, 2011. It seems the product is not dissolving and/or has an uncharacteristic consistency or texture.

A spokeswoman for the company said the recall wasn’t unsafe and does not affect other types of K-Y vaginal moisturizers. Consumers do not need to return any of the products.

“K-Y Liquibeads is being recalled from retailers and wholesalers to address the U.S Food and Drug Administration’s concerns that the product should be cleared under a separate medical device application,” the company said in a statement earlier this month. “We are moving forward with the process to obtain clearance for the product.”

K-Y Liquibeads had been sold as part of an application for an existing K-Y product. The FDA determined that the Liquibead product needed a separate medical device application. At the time, McNeil (a subsidiary of JNJ) said it would take whatever steps were necessary to address FDA’s concerns. This is all part of a larger manufacturing problem that J&J has been having.

So if you go to the drugstore looking for Liquibeads and it’s no longer on the shelves, consider Replens. It offers women a safe, effective solution to vaginal dryness and has received the FDA’s 510(k) clearance, a requirement many companies have not met. Replens is estrogen-free and long-lasting and has been clinically tested and shown to be as effective as vaginal estrogen, about which so many health questions have been raised.

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1:36PM PDT on Jul 21, 2014

Very interesting that the good doctor recommends Replens, which contains Methylparaben which is an ingredient directly associated to breast cancer since it mimics estrogen and is also contains Sodium Hydroxide which is lye....something we clean pipes with. The EU has banned the use of parabens but this doctor recommends it?

12:12AM PST on Jan 28, 2014

I loved it need to bring it back

6:50PM PST on Jan 18, 2014

No wonder I can't find it at any stores. It worked for me with no problems

11:50PM PST on Jan 27, 2013

One time the bead did not dissolve all the way. Once!

Replens all 3 times I have uses it it has left behind product that resembles what is produced in an extremely bad vaginal yeast infection that has not need treated in 2 year would looks like. It is beyond disgusting and I would not recommend this product to anyone.

11:26PM PDT on Aug 20, 2012

oil-based products don't play well with condoms... some of these natural options can cause allergic reactions (coconut, aloe)... estrogen contributes to a number of serious health threats... if you read the reviews on sites like, you'll find plenty of complaints about replens... out of thousands of satisfied users who prefer a product that works for their specific set of problems over products that treat a different set of issues, the fda found 227 complaints they felt j&j didn't handle properly... and now those of us who finally found something that worked, was safe (take a science class or two before you make blanket claims about ingredients) and easy to find and use are left to blunder through the same process of trying one well-intentioned but useless suggestion after another in hopes of finding something half as good at easing the discomfort of severe post-menopausal dryness and painful intercourse. thanks ever so to k-y, the fda and everyone who thinks this is a good resolution.

11:33AM PDT on Aug 15, 2012

Some great suggestions about what we can use. Coconut oil is supposed to work very well and be healthy for the tissues.

10:11AM PDT on Aug 12, 2012

Alura J -- First, beautiful name! Second, thanks for the info re: The Natural @ The Vitamin Shoppe. Will definitely look into it.

10:05AM PDT on Aug 12, 2012

My gynecologist recommended plain ol' regular olive oil. She said it works great, it's safe and natural, and as it's absorbed into the body, you get the health benefits of olive oil as well.

2:14PM PDT on Aug 11, 2012

Ladies, take a good look at the ingredients of these products. You are after all using them in one of the most sensitive areas of your body. There are other natural products that you can use.

1:00PM PDT on Aug 11, 2012


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