Vaginal dryness doesn’t have to be an embarrassing topic. Or something you feel you have to search incognito.
There are products you can get and natural remedies for vaginal dryness. Some you probably even have in your kitchen cupboard!
In fact, 20% of women aged 18-65 experience this problem and the prevalence which varies with age and underlying cause, so if you are too, you’re not alone.
According to a research, the prevalence of vaginal dryness increased from 19.4% at ages 42-53 years to 34.0% at ages 57-69 years
That stat will only count the people who speak up about it, the figure is probably much higher. According to Harvard Health, 90% of women never seek help.
The NHS website write the following causes of the condition:
- go through the meno
- are breastfeeding
- take contraceptive pills or antidepressants
- have your womb removed (a hysterectomy)
- have cancer treatments, such as chemotherapy
- Ovary removal surgery
- Use of anti-estrogen medication
Moreover, other less common causes also exist such as
- Sjogren syndrome
- Antihistamines (Anti allergic medication)
Why should I care about having a dry vagina?
Well, if it is something that you have, then you’ll know that for one, it’s uncomfortable. But not only that, it can also make your vagina sore and itchy, cause pain during sex, gives you the urge to wee more and make you more prone to infections. There is even a link to incontinence.
While it is a symptom of menopause, it is a condition that can affect all ages even without meno, sometimes with childbirth, during periods of breastfeeding. The natural decline in your body’s estrogen levels as you get older and other such conditions can cause thinning, dryness and inflammation in the vagina.
If this is something you suffer from, it is really important that you do something about it and know that it is nothing to be embarrassed about.
Let’s not let it be another women’s issue that we just live with.
Here are some of the best natural remedies for vaginal dryness and a few tips to keep your vagina in great condition.
The best part is, according to a research by Dr. Caroline Mitchell, Assistant Professor Ob/gyn and reproductive biology at Harvard Medical School, A vaginal estrogen pill, a vaginal moisturizer, and a placebo gel helped the subjects equally showing promising results and low-cost treatment for vaginal dryness even through some things found in your kitchen cabinets!
You’ve probably got this kicking around your kitchen cupboard. It is basically the cure for everything, and for making a cracking banana bread obviously. When you’re in the supermarket buy an extra jar and keep it in the bathroom. You can use it a few times a week before bed. You can even use it as lubrication during sex. This has been proved by a study.
Not just for sunburn! Aloe vera makes for a fantastic natural lubricant as shown in this study. It’s easy to find and cheap to buy. Just make sure you are not buying a cream or lotion with added perfume or additional ingredients.
Other natural lubricants include:
- Vitamin E
- Shea butter
- Cocoa butter
- Sweet almond oil
- Sunflower oil
CBD has been in use for obstetrical and gynecological issues since ancient times. There are so many cannabinoid receptors in and around your vagina. CBD may help to increase blood flow, which may increase sensitivity and help with natural lubrication. CBD is also thought to help with inflammation, which may help too.
Tips for helping ease vaginal dryness, naturally
- If you smoke, quit
Smoking decreases your estrogen levels, making your vagina drier proved by studies. Smoking has lots of other negative side effects, that we don’t need to list right here. However, one you might not know about is that it decreases your estrogen levels and increases your risk of developing vaginal atrophy (the proper name for the condition). It is also known to be a cause of early meno.
- Drink water
Make sure you keep your fluids up. Having a hydrated body should help with dryness.
- Keep up the sex
Regular sexual activity or mastabation increases the blood flow to your vaginal and keeps the tissues healthy. Kind of a use it or lose it situation. Use your natural lubes listed above if sex is uncomfortable.
- Avoid perfumed products
Perfumed products can cause your vagina to become irritated and then dry. This includes deodorants, soaps and powders. Make sure you look out for specific soaps for your vagina, rather than your standard shower gel.
When to make a Drs appointment
As we have said before, we are experts in the world of CBD and passionate about speaking out about women’s problems, but Drs we are not.
Don’t be embarrassed to see a Doc about your issue. You can always ask to see a female health professional if you feel more comfortable. Whenever there is any burning sensation, itching, or any discomfort, feel free to call your healthcare provider or gynecologist to inquire about the issue. READ HERE
Natural remedies for vaginal dryness
There you have our list of natural remedies for vaginal dryness, as well as some tips to keep your vagina in tip top shape.
Remember, there is nothing to be embarrassed about. If the natural remedies aren’t working for you, call the Doc. You won’t be the first with this issue, and you won’t be the last either.
Got any more questions? We are always available to chat on instagram @itsourremedy and chances are, one of us has been through the issue and can help you!