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Treating Vaginal Dryness with Yam Extract and Vitamins

Many women going through menopause experience vaginal dryness due to hormonal fluctuations. While vaginal dryness usually affects menopausal women, there are other causes for it than menopause, such as pregnancy, anxiety, or stress. Symptoms of vaginal dryness include: itching, pressure, and urination problems. There are a variety of treatments available for it, such as vitamin E and yam extract.

Low estrogen levels are a major cause of vaginal dryness.

Causes of Vaginal Dryness

Low estrogen levels are a major cause of vaginal dryness, as estrogen ensures that the vagina maintains correct acidity levels, elasticity, has a natural defense, and remains lubricated. A decrease in estrogen levels means tissue begins to thin and become fragile. Aside from menopause, reasons for low estrogen levels include:

  • Stress
  • Fatigue
  • Irregular periods
  • Immune disorders
  • Pregnancy
  • Childbirth
  • Breastfeeding
  • Chemotherapy or radiotherapy
  • Oophorectomy

Other factors, which may exacerbate vaginal dryness include:

  • Condoms
  • Tampons
  • Douches
  • Soaps
  • Medications

Treating Vaginal Dryness with Vitamin E and Wild Yams

Wild yams

A perennial herbaceous vine found in Oceania, Asia, Africa, and Latin America, this vegetable has a rough skin and is available in a variety of colors. They are a key commodity within Western Africa and can stay fresh for up to six months. Since the 18th century wild yams have been used to aid hormonal imbalance. It is a natural source of estrogen and is believed to lower cholesterol. However, there is insufficient scientific evidence to prove its effectiveness.

Vitamin E

Found in some foods and also available as a supplement, vitamin E is the term for a group of fat-soluble compounds that contain antioxidants. Vitamin E is available in capsule form and can either be taken orally or applied directly to the affected area, usually twice a week. It's also found in foods such as almonds, kale, spinach, and many more. Please remember, before taking vitamin E, talk to your doctor. As with wild yams, there is insufficient scientific research suggesting vitamin E is better for easing vaginal dryness than any other oil.

More Information

Like all menopause symptoms there are many ways for treating vaginal dryness. Wild yams and vitamin E are just two of those ways. A healthy lifestyle that includes a good diet, regular exercise, and low levels of stress and anxiety can help control hormone fluctuations and relieve vaginal dryness.

Herbal Supplements and Natural Remedies for Vaginal Dryness

Vaginal dryness can be caused by the hormonal changes that take place during menopause. Keep reading to see how herbal supplements can reduce dryness.

How to Enjoy Sex When Your Wife Is Suffering from Vaginal Dryness

Vaginal dryness can cause a woman's sex life to become frustrated. Click here to learn how to be more supportive towards your menopausal partner.

Lubricants for Vaginal Dryness

Lubricants for vaginal dryness are available at all well-known pharmacies. Click on to learn more about this approach.

Sources:
  • Love, Susan M.D. Menopause and Hormone Book. New York: Three Rivers Press, 2003.
  • The Changing Body: Menopause Handbook.(n.d)."Vulvovaginal Symptoms". Retrieved from www.menopause.org
  • "Vaginal Dryness". Mayo Clinic Health Resource. 2007