Vaginal dryness is one of the most common symptoms of menopause. Not only is it physically painful, but it can also reduce one's desire for sex. However, there is a range of vaginal dryness products which are commercially available and aimed at reversing the effects of this condition.
For more information, read over the following paragraphs, which provide an extensive list of the treatments and products available for vaginal dryness.
Vaginal Dryness Explained
The vagina is lubricated by glands in the cervix that keep it supple and moist. The moisture seeps slowly down through the vagina, keeping it clean and removing dead cells. The vaginal moisture is acidic, preventing infections. During sex, glands at the entrance of the vagina produce extra moisture to facilitate sexual intercourse. However, during menopause when levels of estrogen decrease, there is a decline in lubrication making the skin of the vagina thinner, dryer, and less elastic.
What Are the Symptoms of Vaginal Dryness?
One of the principle symptoms of vaginal dryness is pain during intercourse. Many sufferers of vaginal dryness will also experience pain on a day to day basis. Many women experience a change in the color and appearance of their vaginal discharge.
What Vaginal Dryness Products Are Available?
Here is a list of vaginal products for menopausal women.
Estriol vaginal cream. This can gradually help tissue both inside and outside the vagina, and can also be applied directly to the vulva and urethral tissue. Estriol vaginal cream can also be custom-compounded to include a small amount of testosterone.
Vaginal inserts. Tablets containing estradiol that are inserted into the vagina. These tablets have proven successful in rejuvenating vaginal tissue.
E-string vaginal rings. Silicone-based rings inserted into the vagina that release estradiol. After 90 days the ring is replaced. Vaginal rings can provide support to the vaginal walls in women whose pelvic floor muscles are weak.
Vitamin E vaginal suppositories. These can be used at night when not using another prescription estrogen product.
Natural oils. Grape seed, almond, and sunflower oils can be soothing while bathing or for sexual intercourse.
Other Treatments for Vaginal Dryness
A decline in estrogen during menopause is often the prime reason for vaginal dryness, so it is often worth exploring natural medicines that directly target the issue of hormone imbalance in your treatment plans. Natural herbs and vitamins can sometimes stimulate the body's own endocrine system into producing sufficient levels of estrogen. In addition to this, you may wish to follow the handy tips below for avoiding vaginal dryness:
Avoid allergens that could be triggering the dryness (commonly found in detergent)
Avoid wearing tight fitting underwear made from synthetic fabrics
Enjoy a healthy sex life to maximize the amount of lubrication produced naturally
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