How to Prevent and Treat Vaginal Dryness
Vaginal dryness is caused by lack of natural vaginal lubrication and may result in excessive abrasion or cause intercourse to become uncomfortable or even painful. Treatment for vaginal dryness depends on the cause. Women who experience problems with vaginal lubrication due to hormonal changes can often benefit from estrogen therapy.
In some cases, localized treatments are recommended such as vaginal estrogen inserts. Vaginal estrogen comes as a flexible ring and a tablet to insert in the vagina, and as a cream to apply to the inside of the vagina. Women who have symptoms such as hot flashes in addition to vaginal dryness, an oral medication or a skin patch that releases estrogen throughout the body is an option.
Both approaches can be used in conjunction to effectively treat vaginal dryness. However, estrogen increases the risk that you will develop endometrial cancer — cancer of the lining of the womb. Here are some other approaches that may bring relief, especially from vaginal pain during intercourse.
There are a plethora of lubricants that can help vaginal dryness. They include silicone-based, oil-based, and water-based products. Lubricants are usually used to make sex less uncomfortable rather than for long-term vaginal lubrication.
Apply lubricant to your vaginal opening or to your partner’s penis before intercourse. Use the water-based lubricant as an intimate massage gel to help increase arousal. Don’t forget to increase your fluid intake to keep your body hydrated.
Over-the-counter vaginal moisturizers can be an effective way to minimize vaginal dryness over several days with one application. Moisturizers last longer than lubricants; they decrease dryness for up to three days with a single application whereas lubricants last about 6-7 hours. Moisturizing agents help introduce water into the tissue of the vagina.
Female Renewal Gels
Female renewal gel is a unique gel made from totally pure and natural ingredients to help moisturise and tighten the vagina to bring back the pleasure of sex. It eases dryness, improves lubrication and also acts as superb moisturizer. Renewal gels, such as IntiVar, also helps to prevent bacterial and fungal infection — resulting in better overall vaginal hygiene and health.
Soft-coated vitamin E capsules can provide natural lubricant when needed. Women can insert a vitamin E capsule directly in the vagina and let the Ph in the body dissolve the capsule prior to sexual relations, or break open the capsule and apply the oil directly to the vagina.
Vaginal dryness is a common and frustrating condition, but there are ways to alleviate the discomfort. If a lack of lubrication is causing painful sex, be sure to talk to your doctor about all possible treatments.