Vaginal dryness is one of the most common symptoms of menopause; it is currently estimated that one in four women suffer from vaginal dryness whilst going through the menopause and despite its prevalence, most sufferers are too embarrassed to seek advice.
Aside from the dryness which can be painful during intercourse, vaginal dryness is often accompanied by itching, stinging and burning sensations.
Causes of vaginal dryness
The most common cause for vaginal dryness is declining oestrogen production which leads to the thinning, drying and inflammation of the vaginal walls called vaginal atrophy. Medications including some contraceptives and antidepressants are known to also cause vaginal dryness.
Natural remedies for vaginal dryness
If you are experiencing a dry, itchy vagina, there are many natural remedies for vaginal dryness are known to provide relief from the symptoms of vaginal dryness.
Since the most common cause of vaginal dryness is declining oestrogen levels, phytoestrogens such as those derived from Sage, Red Clover and Soya may be of benefit to mimic oestrogen. There are several very good herbal hormonal balancing supplements such as Sage Complex which may be invaluable to treat menopausal vaginal dryness.
Omega 7 supplements, available in tablets and capsules, have been found to provide relief for female dryness. Omega 7 is an essential fatty acid derived from sea buckthorn oil and has been used in Chinese medicine for years. Sea buckthorn oil has been found to help lubricate the vaginal walls, calm down inflammation and moisturise the vagina.
Several studies indicate that as many as 40% of women found benefits with the use of omega 7 sea buckthorn oil capsules and it is the uniqueness of sea buckthorn oil that is thought to contribute to the normal function of the membranes lining the vagina.
Aside from omega 7 for vaginal dryness, personal lubricants and vaginal moisturisers can be used for intimate dryness. These vaginal lubricants help to moisturise the intimate area and may provide relief from itching, stinging and/or burning sensations which may be experienced. The Yes range of lubricants provide oil and water-based range of intimate lubricants for dryness.