Natural Remedies for Vaginal Dryness
Vaginal dryness can be one of the most painful and uncomfortable menopause symptoms. If you’re sore when you walk, go to the toilet and when you have sex, you can be left feeling embarrassed, fed up and alone.
Dryness down there can affect how you feel about yourself and about your relationship, and it can be closely linked with other menopause symptoms, including loss of libido and feelings of fatigue.
But where does vaginal dryness come from and what can be done to treat it? Don’t suffer in silence - it is treatable, and you’re not alone.
Vaginal Dryness Symptoms
Some women say that vaginal dryness feels like having sandpaper down there; irritation, burning, itchiness and general discomfort (not just during sex) are all common vaginal dryness symptoms.
Needing to go to the toilet more than usual, recurring urinary tract infections (UTIs), difficulty getting aroused and a reduced sex drive can also be signs of vaginal dryness.
In addition, there could be changes to the way your vagina looks and feels; it can appear narrower or shortened, and may look paler and thinner than before. These changes will be behind the discomfort you’re feeling, but why?
Vaginal Dryness Causes
Menopause starts when your body’s natural oestrogen levels begin to decline, and this change in your hormonal balance is what makes menopause symptoms occur, including hot flushes, mood swings, changes to your skin and hair, and vaginal dryness.
Healthy oestrogen levels contribute towards a good supply of collagen for your skin, and that’s what helps to keep it looking and feeling plump and smooth. Therefore, when oestrogen levels drop, so do collagen levels, which is why your wrinkles may become more prominent during menopause, and why you can start to experience vaginal discomfort too.
The walls of your vagina can become thinner and weaker, with the acidity level changing alongside your hormonal balance, making dryness and burning more likely, as well as UTIs.
Together, these symptoms can be signs of the uncomfortable condition atrophic vaginitis, which is particularly common in post-menopausal women.
However, some women just experience vaginal dryness by itself, which can leave them feeling confused about what is happening to them.
But this is no way to live for the rest of your life. There are ways to manage vaginal dryness to enhance your sense of both personal and sexual wellbeing throughout menopause and beyond.
What Can Be Done for Vaginal Dryness?
There are several remedies for vaginal dryness that you can try; by replacing oestrogen in your body with a substance that mimics the hormone’s effects, such as through hormone replacement therapy (HRT) or a natural menopause supplement; or by using a specially designed lubricant for vaginal dryness to reduce discomfort.
Bear in mind that using a menopause supplement could help you to manage other menopausal symptoms too, thanks to natural ingredients such as DT56a, which can be found in Femarelle®. These can mimic the effects of natural oestrogen, keeping you feeling healthy and comfortable down there.
There are also tactics that you can try yourself to manage the symptoms of vaginitis, which could help to relieve your vaginal dryness. For example, wear loose-fitting, cotton underwear and avoid baths that are too hot; lukewarm baths are better, and it’s important to avoid perfumed soaps or other feminine hygiene products too. These steps should help to stop stinging, and give your vagina more room to breathe, minimising the risk of bacterial infections.
If you’re worried that your vaginal discomfort may be related to a factor other than menopause, you should always speak to your GP. But if you’re experiencing vaginal dryness alongside other menopause symptoms, trying a menopause supplement could help you to say goodbye to this discomfort, as well as mood swings, hot flushes, night sweats and a lack of energy, helping you start to feel more like the old you again.
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