Vaginal dryness is a common occurrence for women who have lower levels of estrogen and progesterone during and after menopause, although lack of vaginal lubrication can occur at any age. The walls of the vagina are always coated by a bit of moisture, but as the hormones change in your body, the consistency as well as the amount of this moisture can vary.
Menopause, vaginal irritants, smoking, certain medications, medical treatments and insufficient arousal are just a few things that can cause vaginal dryness. The symptoms of vaginal dryness include burning, itching, soreness, vaginal pain during intercourse, or light bleeding with sex.
There are specific steps to treat vaginal dryness. Before self treating, you should be sure your vaginal dryness is not caused by an infection, foreign body, or tumor (a rare cause of vaginal dryness).
Vaginal lubricants or female rejuvenation gels, such as IntiVar, can be applied prior to sexual intercourse. Most vaginal lubrication consists of clear fluid that seeps into the walls of the blood vessels encircling the vagina. But InitVar is not just another lubricant, it eases dryness, improves natural lubrication, increases blood flow to the vaginal area, enhancing your sensitivity and arousal. IntiVar female renewal gel is 100% pure and made from botanical essence that is clinically safe and effective.
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Vaginal moisturizers can be used to treat vaginal dryness. Read the package insert and use the lubricant, renewal gel or moisturizer as directed.
Obtain a prescription for vaginal estrogen cream, vaginal estrogen tablet or a vaginal estrogen ring. In general, treating vaginal dryness is more effective with creams rather than estrogen tablets.
The vaginal estrogen cream, such as Estrace or Premarin, is inserted into your vagina at bedtime as your doctor prescribes. The vaginal estrogen tablet, such as Vagifem, is placed into your vagina daily. Your doctor will let you know how often to insert the tablet. The vaginal estrogen ring, such as Estring, is a soft ring placed into the upper part your vagina to release a consistent estrogen dose.
Discuss with your doctor which treatment is best for your vaginal dryness.
Avoid products that may increase vaginal dryness and irritate your vagina. For example, avoid detergents, soaps, dyes, perfumes, bubble baths and douches.
Pay attention to your sexual needs. Allow your body to become adequately aroused and lubricated. Talk with your partner about what feels good. Having intercourse regularly also may help promote better vaginal lubrication.
Follow the 3 steps above and bring back sexual pleasure in your life.