Vaginal dryness causes, symptoms & natural treatment
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Vaginal Dryness, also known as vaginal atrophy or atrophic vaginitis, is a common and distressing condition which can affect women at any stage of their adult life, causing embarrassment, a sense of loss and, at times, extreme physical discomfort. Approximately 80% of women will experience vaginal dryness due to hormonal changes at some point in their lives.
A comfortable, naturally moist vagina which responds to sexual arousal with a surge of vaginal lubrication, can feel like a woman’s birth right. The loss of this, temporarily or otherwise, can come as a shock, and be capable of undermining a woman’s sense of her innate womanliness and desirability.
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What causes vaginal dryness?
Vaginal tissue is kept elastic, comfortable and moist by lubrication which is created by glands at the neck of the womb and governed by the body’s production of estrogen. When the ovaries’ production of estrogen is disrupted, which can happen for a number of reasons, the change in lubrication can make the vagina feel itchy, dry and irritated.
The most common cause of a decrease in estrogen levels is the menopause. During this period, the body decreases its production of estrogen, leading to thinner vaginal tissue and fewer lubricating glands. However, menopause is not the only cause of vaginal dryness. There are a number of possible reasons which can affect hormone production:
- Life events such as childbirth and breastfeeding
- Hormone treatments such as HRT and contraceptives
- Illness such as cancer and its treatments
- Medications such as anti-depressants and hay-fever remedies
- Reaction to substances such as nicotine and alcohol
- Intolerance to preparations used in the vulvar area such as douches and harsh soaps
- Deep emotional upsets.
What are the symptoms of vaginal dryness?
Vaginal dryness can be identified by various symptoms:
- Dryness, burning, stinging, swelling, chaffing and bleeding
- Discomfort if the vulva is inflamed and sore
- Pain when you have sex (e.g. dyspareunia)
- Infection and discharge may be experienced. The normal vaginal mucus, acidity and tissue elasticity protect against vaginal and urinary tract infections. When these are reduced, so are the natural defences, and infection meets less resistance. If you feel you have an infection, like bacterial vaginosis, please seek medical advice
- Itching provokes scratching, which aggravates the itching, which leads to more furious scratching – or to the intolerable effort of not scratching. The sensitive skin around the vulva when weakened is prone to damage, inflammation and itching.
Natural treatment & remedy for vaginal dryness
If enough lubrication is not being naturally produced by a woman’s own body, she can ease the dryness and relieve the discomfort with the use of a commercially available water-based intimate lubricant or vaginal moisturizer. Certified organic AH! YES WB water-based personal lubricant and AH! YES VM vaginal moisturizer offer superior moisturizing power and purity, are soothing, kind and rapidly effective. Guaranteed pure and natural by their certified organic status, they both offer instant relief from itching and soreness. Their differing formulations offer you choice depending on your needs. Both AH! YES VM and AH! YES WB protect, hydrate, moisturize and lubricate sensitive tissues naturally.
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Other treatments for vaginal dryness
Many other available treatments / lubricants / douches are not ideal to treat vaginal dryness:
- They have sugar (glycerins) in them which can feed and exacerbate candida and yeast infections.
- They are seldom the correct pH for compatibility with the mucus membranes of the vagina, making it susceptible to infection and irritation
- They can work hormonally, which is not always desirable, particularly for women with hormonally sensitive conditions.
- They have silicone ingredients which coat the surface of the irritated skin in a smothering effect which can inhibit healing and the absorption of water.
Some complementary therapies such as acupuncture may help. Wild Yam extract, black cohosh and soy isoflavones are also promoted as aids in vaginal dryness and the avoidance of douches, bubble baths and lotions is recommended. Do consult your doctor if you experience painful or persistent symptoms.
Why should I use AH! YES?
- AH! YES WB & AH! YES VM both provide soothing relief from burning, irritation and discomfort.
- All AH! YES products are formulated with ingredients that have proven track records as skin foods, so you can trust that your delicate tissues will be treated tenderly.
- AH! YES WB & AH! YES VM are both suitable for use as an intimate moisturizer and sexual lubricant.
- AH! YES WB & AH! YES VM are both pH balanced to restore and maintain the typical, slightly acidic, vaginal environment. Maintaining the correct pH helps retain your natural protection against thrush.
- Neither AH! YES WB & AH! YES VM are made with hormones or parabens.
- AH! YES products are not made with any known skin irritants: certified organic and hypoallergenic.
- AH! YES WB & AH! YES VM are recommended by a wide range of medical and healthcare professionals
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“I am 55 years old, have had a hysterectomy, have no ovaries and have vaginal atrophy /dryness. It has been a distressing problem, feeling so sore everyday. My doctor prescribed steroid cream and Sylk both of which burned and made no improvement. I also tried Replens and coconut and olive oil nothing helped. Feeling desperate I found Yes online, telephoned and spoke to a lovely lady called Lynn who listened and helped me choose water based applicators and oil base in a tube. My products arrived two days later. I use water based twice a day, half an applicator each time internally and also oil based multiple times on vulva area. This has helped me feel comfortable for the first time in years. Don’t suffer ladies, try Yes. You will be amazed at how much it helps.”
“Simply a wonderful product which has made my life bearable! I was experiencing pain due to dryness even whilst sitting in certain positions during the day. Thanks to all involved in the development of this product.”
“Life saver! Every other product which I had tried would aggravate dermatitis and I would be back to square one. Since removing soap from my daily routine and replacing it with oil based cleansers, only wearing cotton pants and using Yes products, the oil based is the best for me, I have a healthy vulval area and a rewarding sex life at 60 years of age!”
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