So, i bought a tube of the reg. Butt'r (amazon), then next thing I know, I see the one for Her! Is there a difference for us ladies? I'm sure I can return the other one, but I think I'll have to pay for return postage. :/ I ordered the Her just because.... well, I'm female!
Anyway, just thought I'd check with other female riders, if you use this. thanks.
May I ask why? (I have a friend who competes in tris and she said she doesn't use cream either.) I think I'm all 'noid b/c I've been going on longer rides this summer. thanks!
I spent one summer trying all the creams available to me. Every single one of them made matters worse. They all caused my shorts to stick to me and then bunch and become really uncomfortable. I ended up with sores from friction where I was trying to sit on bunched shorts, and overall, the whole experiment was a mess.
Then I returned to using nothing ... and I felt great!
Here's what works for me ...
1. A bicycle that fits me well. If something with the fit is off, then I'll have problems. This is probably the biggest thing.
2. A good saddle.
3. A good pair of cycling shorts with padding that covers my sitbones, but isn't too bulky.
4. Fitness. The fitter I am, the more saddle time I have, the more comfortable I am.
5. Good core strength. Having a strong core means I can sort of "perch" on the saddle rather than putting my full weight on the saddle. I divide my weight between my feet and butt, and a little bit on my hands. It also means I can sit with good posture.
6. Keep clean and dry ... both you and your shorts. As much as possible, keep your shorts dry. If you pour water over your head on a hot day, try to keep it off your shorts. And if it is a rainy ride, it can help to have a spare pair of shorts to change into. As for you, every 100 km or so, get in somewhere and clean yourself well down there. Wash off the sweat and sweat salt, and dry yourself well. If it rains, it does help to use a minimal amount of some sort of cream to protect the skin ... that was the only condition where I found the creams helped.
7. And then, occasionally, I will use a little dab of Ozonol (Polysporin is similar), with antibacterial properties and a pain killer, on certain spots. As a woman, sometimes I'll use a little dab of Vagisil or something similar.
In 152,000 km of cycling (including a whole lot of long distance stuff) I have had one saddle sore. It occurred early on during a 600K randonnee when I rode with a gel saddle cover (trying to remedy a saddle that was giving me trouble) and ill-fitting shorts. That might have been OK, except then it started to rain ... and rained and rained ... and the combination of all that resulted in quite a painful saddle sore. Fortunately I had Ozonol with me, and I was able to ease the pain and finish the ride.