Vaginal dryness is a common menopause symptom that can turn sex into a painful chore and create distance between you and your partner. An itchy or tender vagina and lack of natural lubricant are two symptoms of the condition and the hormonal imbalance that instigates it.
However, if you're willing to invest time into improving your symptoms there are ways of alleviating vaginal dryness and re-invigorating your sex life.
Water, Water, Water
Dehydration is one of the most common causes of vaginal dryness. Drinking plenty of water becomes especially important after the consumption of alcohol as the substance dehydrates the body.
Consider Your Feminine Hygiene Products
The vagina is capable of self-regulating its pH balance. Douching and using harsh sprays will interfere with the vagina's work, disrupting the natural pH-balance and potentially worsening vaginal dryness.
Maintaining a healthy exercise regimen is vital to hormone regulation. Both estrogen and progesterone levels decrease during menopause, but practicing yoga or cardio exercises will help stimulate production. It is advisable that women exercise regularly for around 30 minutes a day, five times a week.
Watch What You Eat
Maintaining a healthy weight will help regulate your hormones and ward off complications like breast cancer. Simple sugars and caffeine should always be avoided, but isoflavones like soy beans and vitamin E, will promote good sexual health.
Prepare for Sex
Many females need time to prepare for penetration both mentally and physically. Try extending foreplay over longer periods or using water-based lubricants.
Recommendation for Vaginal Dryness
Vaginal dryness can severely interfere with a women and her partners sex life. It is often found however, that natural lifestyle changes can alleviate many menopausal symptoms including vaginal dryness. Some more serious cases however, may require alternative medicines or hormone replacement therapy (HRT).
Click on the following link to learn more about alleviating vaginal dryness.
- "Vaginal Dryness". Mayo Clinic Health Resource. 2007
- The Changing Body: Menopause Handbook.(n.d)."Vulvovaginal Symptoms"Retrieved from www.menopause.org
- Love, Susan M.D. Menopause and Hormone Book. New York: Three Rivers Press, 2003.