Many of us could feel a bit awkward to discuss about this topic. However, it is as important as any other health issue you may suffer. Why to feel so much hesitation to know about and discuss issues in our reproductive organs? Vaginal dryness is a very common condition that often occurs in women of all ages, not specific just to women nearing menopause.
Sometimes it could be painful as well but relax, you do not have to panic or feel embarrassed. There are many treatments for vaginal dryness and pain. You can get a more detailed idea about this and few other intimate issues from Dr Anna Cabeca’s blog.
Treatment for vaginal dryness
As opposed to the common myth that the vaginal dryness will just go away, it is not the case. It needs to be treated. The treatment should address the root cause. Based on the cause the treatment could vary.
However, before you choose to get medically treated for this it is important to try some natural remedies.
- Add some fatty foods and probiotics in your diet – Let the first tip be yummy. Consume some good food that is rich in essential fats like Salmon, avocados, butter etc. Your body needs good fat. Also take some fermented foods that are rich in probiotics like yogurt, kimichi etc.
- Use natural lubes – Using lubricants may be very helpful and effective solution for vaginal dryness. But make sure to resort to natural lubricants like ghee, natural coconut oil etc. Sometime lubes like petroleum jelly can be risk as they might damage latex condoms and birth control diaphragms.
- Kegels to the rescue – Do not freak out when somebody suggests this. If you have a dry vagina sometimes it can be painful too. Kegels and other pelvic floor exercises improve the vaginal tissues and muscles by pumping more blood to it. This is a natural way to nurture and cure your vaginal dryness.
Oestrogen Therapy is one of the most common ways to treat vaginal dryness. Out of the many causes of the dryness, the main reason is the decreasing level of our reproductive hormone, oestrogen and progesterone. The hormone level drops during the menopausal phase. Thus, vaginal dryness is a common symptom of this phase. Oestrogen hormones are released directly into the vaginal tissues from rings or creams.
Preventive measures for Vaginal dryness
Prevention is better than cure. These are the things you can do to avoid the problem –
- Stop using strong chemical soaps. Washing can be done with water or mild soap
- Use unbleached sanitary pads.
- Using reusable sanitary pads and tampons are recommended
- Avoid the use of condoms that contains some irritants that cause dryness like nonoyxnol-9.
Vaginal dryness and pain are not a serious issue by itself. However, if pain or discomfort lasts for a prolonged period or if it gets more painful or unbearable, then it’s best to consult a doctor. Take good care of your delicate parts!