A common condition experienced by many women during their premenopausal and post menopausal stages is vaginal dryness. Usually caused by the changing hormone levels (declining estrogen levels with age) in the body, vaginal dryness can also be triggered by a spate of other medical (certain medical conditions can cause vaginal dryness) and emotional (conditions like stress, anxiety, depression etc. can cause vaginal dryness) issues.
Whatever be the case, vaginal dryness can lead to a myriad of issues in women. These include discomfort, lack of arousal during sex, painful penetration, itchiness, vaginal irritation, inflammation and tenderness etc. If left untreated, vaginal dryness can also cause issues like bacterial vaginites, candidiasis and other kinds of vaginal infections in the long run.
Natural Remedies For Vaginal Dryness
Although there are many standard medications and treatments to take care of vaginal dryness, here are some simple, natural and really effective remedies for the condition.
Changes In Your Diet
Vaginal dryness is mostly caused due to depleting estrogen levels in the body. Therefore opting for a diet that would stabilize the hormonal levels in the body would help you treat and prevent vaginal dryness. Accordingly, you can opt for foods that contain high levels of phytoestrogens, the predecessor of estrogens. Avoid low fat and high carb diets that can significantly alter the hormone levels in the body and thus cause vaginal dryness in the process.
Drink plenty of water and fresh fruit juices every day. A hydrated body would lead to a well lubricated vagina and thus prevent vaginal dryness and its associated symptoms. You can also opt to drink a cup of fresh milk every day in addition to consuming flax seeds on a daily basis to promote natural lubrication. Alternatively, you can also use flax seed oil for cooking to get the same benefits.
The clothes that we wear or the items that we use on a regular basis may contain chemicals or other substances that can have adverse effects on the body and cause conditions like vaginal dryness. Even items like soaps and body washes can have profound effects on the body and can cause skin irritation.
Make a note of the chemicals present in products like soaps, washes, powders, perfumes etc. If these products contain chemicals that could potentially cause skin irritation, avoid using them. Wash your clothes with mild detergents that do not contain harsh chemicals that can affect the tissues that line the vaginal wall.
You can opt for natural lubricants to keep your vagina hydrated. In addition to opting for herbal lubricants available in the market, you can use personally made lubricants like aloe vera mixed in milk and vitamin E suppositories to keep the vagina lubricated, thus preventing vaginal dryness.
Vaginal Dryness can also be treated/prevented using a blend of herbal and holistic approaches. There are plenty of herbs that help to regularize the hormonal levels in the body and thus prevent conditions arising due to hormonal fluctuations, including vaginal dryness.
For example, herbs like Dong Quai, Black Cohosh, Isoflavones and Wild Yam are frequently used to treat vaginal dryness and other conditions associated with declining hormonal levels.
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