Symptoms — vaginal dryness
Natural relief for vaginal dryness
“I’m me again. The vaginal dryness is better, and my libido is back!”
— Nora, customer
Nearly half of all women between the ages of 40 and 59 suffer from vaginal dryness
at some point. It can put an abrupt halt to your sex life, interfere with exercise
and hygiene habits, and even prevent you from wearing your favorite clothes. For
many perimenopausal and menopausal women, especially those getting off HRT, vaginal
dryness is often acute: it’s one of the top ten problems afflicting menopausal women.
Vaginal dryness is behind a lot of female sexual dysfunction because the lack of
lubrication can make sex painful. Women with vaginal dryness often come to dread
sex and end up avoiding all types of sexual activity. It’s no wonder that so many
women with vaginal dryness experience a disturbing plunge in their libido.
Medical factors associated with vaginal dryness
- Declining estrogen levels which lead to thinning and drying of the vaginal wall,
reduced muscle tone, and additional time needed for sexual arousal.
- Underlying medical issues and side effects of certain conditions such as Sjögren’s
- Serious emotional issues, such as depression and unresolved relationship problems.
Seek professional advice for physical or emotional issues that are severe and prolonged.
Though women can suffer vaginal dryness at any age, this symptom can become chronic
during perimenopause and menopause. Changes in hormone production and regulation,
especially for estrogen, have a direct effect on vaginal tissue.
When is vaginal dryness most likely to occur?
For menopausal and post-menopausal women, vaginal dryness and other symptoms of
hormonal imbalance can become increasingly problematic. But vaginal dryness is also
an issue for women who have high stress for long periods and can also occur after
giving birth. And HRT doesn’t guarantee protection either: women on HRT often continue
to suffer vaginal dryness and irritation.
Although vaginal dryness during perimenopause and menopause is extremely common,
it is not inevitable. When hormonal imbalance is the cause of vaginal dryness, a
few simple steps will often improve natural vaginal lubrication. This is the easiest
and most logical approach for most women.
Relieving vaginal dryness
These natural remedies for vaginal dryness are safe and effective, though you should
allow a few weeks for them to work. The results are well worth the wait.
- Phytotherapy is highly recommended for vaginal dryness.
Our Herbal Equilibrium has been formulated to address the ten most common symptoms
of hormonal imbalance. The isoflavone complex in this supplement has been shown
to assist vaginal health at the cellular level.
- Follow a hormone-balancing diet. Your body needs the right
nutritional support to make and balance your hormones. The easy-to-follow eating
plan we provide can make a huge difference for women with hormonal imbalance and
symptoms like vaginal dryness. You should know that low-fat, high-carb diets literally
starve your body of the nutrients it needs to make sex hormones. The estrogen needed
for vaginal lubrication is made from cholesterol — often severely lacking in women
on low-fat diets. Consider adding soy and flax seed — both are good sources of phytoestrogens.
- Boost your water intake. Drink at least ten 8-oz glasses
of water a day. This simple step can be surprisingly helpful.
- Try a high quality vaginal lubricant. Some women achieve
immediate relief from vaginal dryness and irritation simply by using personal lubricants.
You may want to try one while you improve your hydration, nutrition and endocrine
support to naturally restore your own vaginal moisture. A wide variety of vaginal
lubricant products are now available for use in this sensitive area, including some
without the parabens and other xenoestrogens that act as hormone disruptors. At
Women's Health Network, we use a vitamin E vaginal suppository that women rave about.
Call us directly at 1-800-798-7902 to find out more.
For some women nothing short of hormone supplementation will help. If you’re one
of them, you can ask your healthcare practitioner about locally–released bioidentical
ERT (estrogen replacement therapy) in the form of an estriol vaginal cream, the
Estring, or bioidentical progesterone creams.
We’ve been very successful with our Hormonal Health Package at helping relieve the
underlying causes of vaginal dryness and other symptoms of hormonal imbalance. For
many women, this is the best place to start.
Last Modified Date: 10/07/2013