Moisture is normal for a healthy female vagina, and so is vaginal discharge. Your body relies on the hormones estrogen and progesterone to produce adequate lubricating secretions for your vagina. During perimenopause and menopause, when hormone levels are changing, it's very common for some women to experience vaginal dryness as fewer secretions are produced. However, women of all ages can experience vaginal dryness. There are a variety of reasons this condition may occur, some less complicated than others.
For many women vaginal dryness is a sensitive and sometimes embarrassing subject to talk about. Vaginal dryness is a symptom suffered by millions of women each year and can be relatively easy to treat with a range of different natural cures. Vaginal dryness during menopause is often closely linked with other related symptoms, and the article is filled with information aimed at helping you better deal with vaginal dryness.
What Are the Common Causes of Vaginal Dryness?
A hormonal imbalance is the most common cause of vaginal dryness; however, there are several triggers that also need to be observed. Acknowledging the triggers, and making suitable changes could greatly relieve symptoms immediately.
Hygiene products such as sprays and some antibacterial soaps can de-moisturize the vaginal and vulval tissues. Some douching products can also be unhelpful by drying out genital tissue, along with many chemicals commonly used in a swimming pool or hot tub. The last product to be wary of is laundry detergent, which may contain irritants.
A woman's diet is important because estrogen, which is responsible for lubricating the vagina, is produced by the cholesterol and fats we consume in our diets. Some fats help to create a healthy hormone balance rather than causing disease and obesity. Women experiencing menopause may also have more trouble clearing the body of medications and alcohol that can have a dehydrating effect.
Certain medications, including allergy and cold medications can dry out mucous membranes in the vaginal tissue. The Pill is also a common cause of vaginal dryness.
While hormone imbalance is commonly thought of as a problem for women in menopause, it can also affect women who have premature ovarian failure, polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), anorexia, or pituitary and hypothalamus issues. It will also have consequences for women who have recently given birth, are breastfeeding, have imbalanced diets or have gone through cancer therapy.
What Are Some Natural Cures for Vaginal Dryness?
There are a range of natural cures and lifestyle changes that can help to combat vaginal dryness. The following list outlines some, but not all, cures and changes:
Staying well hydrated
Changing your hygiene products
Eating a more balanced diet
Increasing the amount of soy in your diet
Experimenting with different lubricants
Confronting any emotions or stress in your life
Another option is to supplement a healthy nutrition and hydration program with natural herbs or alternative medicines. Alternative medicines work by targeting the core problem of hormonal deficiency that many menopausal women face, and are often a good natural support to a diet and exercise regime.
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