Vaginal dryness is one of the most common symptoms of menopause, affecting 40 to 60% of women during this transitional stage, but many women might be suffering in silence. It is something that can be easily treated and you should not be afraid to ask for help.
Vaginal dryness is a troubling symptom that can make it even worse. Fortunately, there are a number of ways to relieve this condition and to increase the moisture in the vaginal area. Follow these simple steps:
1. Drink Plenty of Water
It is important that you keep your body hydrated, as this benefits overall health as well as vaginal health. Try to drink eight glasses of water a day and don't let tea or coffee become a replacement for water.
2. Enjoy a Hormone-Balancing Diet
A menopausal woman needs to have a balanced diet, so that her body is nourished whilst it produces, and tries to balance hormone levels. A strict diet plan that cuts out an entire food group will result in the hormones becoming even more imbalanced. It is important that you do not follow a low-fat diet, particularly when you want to relieve vaginal dryness, because cholesterol produces estrogen, which is so essential for natural lubrication. Increasing consumption of soy products and flaxseed is also considered an effective technique.
3. Consider Changing your Household Products
Many of the chemicals or perfumes that are commonly found in your bathing and laundry products can cause irritation in the vaginal area. Try to avoid oil-based products, bubble bath, soaps, and hand creams. Check the ingredient list on all products before use. Additionally, you should not use any douche product, which will only worsen the situation.
4. Engage in More Sexual Activity
Fortunately, this is one of the most highly recommended treatments and has a good success rate for the relief of vaginal dryness.
During sexual intercourse or foreplay the mucus glands are stimulated which helps to make the vaginal area moist. Regular stimulation also increases blood flow to the genital area, which will sustain a healthy vagina. If you think sex will be too painful, then don't panic, it isn't the only option. Foreplay and “outercourse” (masturbation) will also help treat vaginal dryness. It is important that you take all sexual activity at a slow pace though, giving the body time to produce natural lubrication.
5. Use Over-The-Counter Lubricants and Moisturizers
You shouldn't be embarrassed about using vaginal lubrication products. This is what they were made for after all! They will instantly moisten the vagina and decrease friction during intercourse. This means sex, or indeed any intimate activity, is less painful and therefore more enjoyable and comfortable. Make sure you apply lubrication prior to each new intercourse session and reapply during it, if you need to. Vaginal moisturizers are another option and can be used even if you choose to refrain from sexual activity.
Vaginal dryness can be treated by following these easy steps; however, they don't address the causes of this menopause symptom. The root cause is the imbalance of hormones during menopause. Follow the next link to find out more about ways to relieve vaginal dryness.
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