Vaginal dryness is the menopause symptom no one wants to talk about.
Many women are too embarrassed to even ask their doctor about it.
But it can cause real suffering. And it makes intimacy dicey.
Vaginal dryness is a very common result of hormonal changes in menopause. But unlike hot flashes and roller coaster mood swings, it’s hard to laugh this symptom off.
Many women keep silent because this symptom gets all caught up in “sexual problems” that many women can’t bring themselves to discuss even with their gynecologists.
It can definitely interfere with intimacy and disrupt relationships.
But it’s worse than that.
Even if you’re not in a romantic relationship, vaginal dryness is a real, every day, constant itching, burning and even pinching. It can be so severe that it wakes you up out of a sound sleep at night.
And at least 60% of women going through menopause have the problem.
Dryness in the delicate skin in and around the vagina can often be caused by fluctuating hormone levels. Prior to menopause, estrogen stimulates moisture and keeps the vaginal lining thick. But when estrogen drops, the vaginal walls can thin and dry out.
It gets worse with:
Some women, coping on their own, try lubricating jellies to relieve their symptoms. They give short-term relief at best. But they do not thicken the vaginal tissues and prevent them from cracking. And sometimes they can block pores or cause allergies.
A doctor will usually treat this condition with topical estrogens applied to the vagina. Estrogen applied to the delicate vaginal tissue, however, quickly makes its way into the blood stream. Many women concerned with breast and ovarian cancer avoid this treatment.
But there are effective and natural solutions for painful itching and burning.
Aloe vera gel is one option. Applying a little aloe vera gel to the area can lubricate and cool inflamed tissues.
Coconut oil is another topical solution. It helps restore the skin’s barrier function which can reduce itchiness, burning, and dryness. Make sure to use organic and unrefined coconut oil with no additives.
Also look for pomegranate oils or creams. A clinical study at the University of Arizona’s College of Medicine found that an extract of pomegranate applied to vaginal tissue helped restore lubrication.
The pomegranate extract was as effective as estrogen creams and had the additional benefit of not raising estrogen levels.
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