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Sylk shortage – what are your options?

byDr. Lucy Wilkinson

Supply issues of Sylk lubricant have been reported as early as March 2023. It’s likely that you are struggling to get your prescription fulfilled at your local pharmacy. Read on to find out more about the Sylk supply issue – why it’s happening, how long it’s expected to last and what your alternatives are.

What is Sylk?

Sylk is a vaginal moisturiser and lubricant. It is a plant-based, water-based product which is colourless, unperfumed and matches your vagina’s natural pH. Sylk is recommended by many GPs and gynaecologists. 

What is Sylk used for?

Sylk can be used whenever you need relief from vaginal dryness and a lack of lubrication. You may experience these symptoms during:

  • Menopause
  • Cancer treatment
  • Pregnancy and breastfeeding

Sylk is not suitable if you are trying to get pregnant, as it can affect sperm.

Read more about menopause and painful sex.

What is causing the shortage?

A small number of bottles of Sylk were recalled in March 2023 due to quality issues. The batches affected are:

  • BT3579
  • BT3691
  • BT3803
  • BT3915

You can find the batch number on the base of the bottle. If you have a bottle with one of the affected batch numbers, the advice is to stop using the product and check the company’s website on what to do next.

Due to the recall, the company temporarily put sales of Sylk on hold, causing product shortages.

How long is the shortage expected to last?

The end of the shortage may now be in sight. At the end of September 2023, the company contacted registered users to inform them that a limited supply was now available via the Sylk website. Sales are limited to registered customers, and one bottle per person.

A statement from the company read: ‘We are intending to have more stock over the coming months and will keep you updated.’

You can register on their website for further stock updates. 

Are there any alternatives to Sylk?

There are many different brands of vaginal moisturiser and lubricant available. The British Menopause Society recommends YES VM vaginal moisturiser as the closest match. YES also produces an organic, water-based lubricant.

Is it safe to stop using Sylk suddenly?

You may find that vaginal dryness and discomfort might return if you stop using your Sylk lubricant. You can use other vaginal moisturisers and lubricants as and when needed until supplies return to normal.

If you also use vaginal oestrogen, you can continue using it even if you stop using Sylk.

Can you get Sylk through Stella?

The Stella shop no longer stocks Sylk, but you can buy YES WB Water-Based Lubricant – a water-based, pH-matched alternative.

Final word

Current supply issues mean it may be harder to buy Sylk, although there are plenty of alternatives you can try. Speak to your local pharmacist for further information.