Vaginal dryness affects many women of all age groups. The fluids which are naturally present in the vagina to lubricate the membranes and keep them soft and flexible begin to dry up.
As a result, the membranes become thinner, and more prone to abrasion and chafing. Sexual intercourse can be painful and can leave the woman’s vagina inflamed and sore. Without the protective fluids, a woman’s vagina may be more prone to infection.
If the problem is ignored, more issues will arise for the women and those around them, such as relationship with her spouse as painful sex will push her spouse away, causing rejection and hurt in her spouse without proper understanding of the underlying problem in the woman.
Sex is very important in a relationship as part of intimacy; hence, vaginal dryness should not stand in the way for intimacy in a marriage.
There are many ways to overcome vaginal dryness. If you choose to do nothing about it, you will suffer alone in silence. Learn how to overcome it and enjoy your life.
Causes of Vaginal Dryness
There are several reasons why a woman might experience vaginal dryness. These include stress and anxiety, medication such as antidepressants, birth control pills, allergy medication and chemotherapy can easily upset the delicate balance of a woman’s body and cause vaginal dryness.
Other very common causes are the hormonal changes caused by pregnancy, childbirth and menopause. A lack of sexual impulse and arousal may mean that the vagina’s processes for remaining lubricated are not active. Many of these identified causes are related to imbalanced Estrogen levels in the body and targeting this issue can go some way to solving the problem.
Treatments for Vaginal Dryness
A remedy for the symptoms of vaginal dryness (e.g. irritation, chafing and painful intercourse), is vaginal lubricants. These provide the lubrication that the woman’s body is unable to produce.
Natural lubricants that do not contain glycerine are preferable here, as they support the natural vaginal environment rather than upsetting the balance and causing yeast infections.
If dryness during intercourse is the only issue, the solution may be as simple as letting your partner know that you need additional stimulation and foreplay before you will feel ready for penetrative sex.
Herbal remedies may be the answer. Consulting an herbalist or Naturopath will help you find the remedy specific to the underlying root cause. Many of these herbs work by increasing blood flow to the genitals, which can also help with experiencing sexual arousal in cases where it is compromised.
Other herbal treatments work on balancing Estrogen levels. Some of the herbs you may consider are Ginkgo, Tribulus, Epimedium Sagittatum, Hops Extracts etc. Some supplements available in health stores will contain a combination of these, as well as essential vitamins and minerals.
Adjusting your diet to exclude acid forming and hormone contaminated foods such as meat and soy products may also assist. With a combination of these treatments, vaginal dryness need not be a problem. Try one with the consultation of your physician.