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What to do about vaginal dryness? - Natural Solutions

What’s the best way to treat vaginal dryness naturally? It’s a question we encounter an awful lot in our line of work; it’s also one we’re pretty well qualified to answer!

Vaginal dryness can really take its toll on everything from your sex life to your sporting prowess, so it’s only natural that you’d want a slippery solution to get things feeling more comfortable in your intimate area. The trouble is that around 60% of what goes onto the skin can get into the bloodstream – which is why you have to be incredibly careful with the products you’re using, especially the ones destined for your vulva & vagina. 

Whether you’re experiencing vaginal dryness through pregnancy, perimenopause, menopause, stress, or a health condition, take a look at our product recommendations and top tips for easing dryness without turning to chemicals! 

Best lubricant for dryness

A lot of lubricants were designed with men in mind, so little thought was given to the impact synthetic formulations can have on sensitive vaginal tissues. Because your vaginal pH can be easily disrupted, purity is where it’s at. That’s why all AH! YES® lubricants are made without glycerin, parabens, hormones, synthetic chemicals, silicone, propylene glycol, and all known skin or mucosal irritants. 

  1. AH! YES®, WB is pH-matched to your vagina. Because it’s water-based, it gives the most natural feeling that works harmoniously with your body. Intensely hydrating, it can be used safely with silicone vaginal dilators, trainers, and menstrual cups. 
  1. AH! YES® OB nurtures and protects your intimate health while providing long-lasting, luxurious performance and glide. As a plant oil-based lubricant, it reduces friction, creates a protective barrier for sore, dry tissue, and provides soothing relief. 
  1. AH! YES® COCO contains organic coconut oil blended with jojoba oil for our most smooth & nourishing lubricant yet. Widely recommended by gynecologists and sexual health professionals, it’s ideal for intimate moments and soothing relief from vaginal dryness symptoms.
AH! YES Natural intimacy range of lubes and vaginal moisturiser

Best vaginal moisturizer

No matter where your vaginal dryness is on a scale from irritating to downright debilitating, you deserve a product that will help, rather than hinder, your intimate health. That’s why we developed a vaginal moisturizer that would alleviate symptoms of vaginal dryness, replenish vaginal moisture levels, and improve comfort without compromising intimate health or harming the environment. 

As a water-based vaginal moisturizer, AH! YES® VM relieves the symptoms of vaginal dryness and itching in less than an hour – which is probably why 98% of VM users would recommend it (good going, right?). With moisture released slowly at the rate the body needs it, it’ll keep your vagina hydrated for up to three days to help with: 

  • Dryness
  • Itchiness
  • Irritation
  • Burning or pain in the vaginal area
  • Supporting your natural vaginal pH proactively 

This makes it great for women experiencing symptoms associated with perimenopause and menopause! And because it’s all-natural & hormone free, it’s also safe for use for women recovering from breast and gynecological cancers.

differences between vaginal moisturizer and lube

When to use a vaginal moisturizer vs a water-based lubricant

A lubricant is your best friend when it comes to sex or masturbation; just think of the glide. You want things to move along (or in and out) smoothly, and a premium natural feel lubricant like AH! YES water-based will help to curb the friction and keep things comfortable.AH! YES WB Lubricant is designed to release moisture into the vagina to get you instantly ready for sex, AH! YES water-based lubricants rehydrate vaginal tissue quickly. 

A vaginal moisturizer can be used on the daily – whenever you need it – for comfort to alleviate dryness, soreness, itchiness, irritation, and burning or pain around your vulva and vagina. AH! YES VM (our Vaginal Moisturizer) works differently to lubricants. AH! YES VM gently releases moisture over several days only as needed, keeping your intimate tissues hydrated. Many lubricants are not designed for gentle hydration but rather for fast action!  As a result, they can irritate dry vaginal tissues. The osmolality of the product determines how much water is released to the cells and how quickly AH! YES VM has been formulated to match vaginal osmolality. This ensures moisture is only released when needed and can continue for up to 3 days – we call this smart moisture release! 

Watch out for lubricants claiming to be vaginal moisturizers; they don’t work the same way and should be designed to work differently; use a lubricant for intimacy and a vaginal moisturizer for daily comfort.  Above all, make sure any water-based lubricant or vaginal moisturizer you use says it is pH matched to the vagina; this is important for your vaginal microbiome. Many products claiming to be vaginal moisturizers cannot be used inside the vagina, be careful to check the small print before you apply.

Table showing differences between lube and vaginal moisturizer

Tips to get the best out of your lubricant or moisturizer

  • If you’re using a large amount of vaginal moisturizer, it’s best to do so at night so the product has time to dissolve and absorb without leaking.
  • Using your vaginal moisturizer after bathing or showering can also be beneficial. You can apply it internally or externally as often as needed, but if you’re using AH! YES® VM it should keep you moisturized for up to three days.
  • Lubricants are all about personal choice and experimenting to see which works best for you and your own needs. It is, however, crucial to note that silicone-based lubricants can damage sex toys made from silicon, so in those instances, you should always opt for water-based or plant-oil-based lubricants, like AH! YES® WB, AH! YES® OB, or AH! YES® COCO.
  • If you’re worried about mess or staining, water-based lubricants are less messy and unlikely to stain clothing or bedsheets.
  • If you’re already dry and irritated, stay away from lubricants advertised as “warming” or those that claim to increase sexual arousal. These lubricants tend to contain ingredients that can make vaginal dryness worse.
  • Avoid using household oils or petroleum jelly as lubricants. They don’t wash off well, and they can increase your risk of a vaginal infection. 

If you want a vaginal moisturizer or lubricant you can trust to treat vaginal dryness naturally while caring for your intimate health, check out our reviews to see what our customers love!