Vaginal dryness and healthy genital tips – stop dry vaginal pain during intercourse
Is your vagina dry and you don’t know what caused the vaginal dryness? First, let’s make it clear that it’s not a life-threatening condition. However, I cannot say that it will not cause discomfort and depending on the different moments, also painful.
The condition is treatable, but only if you seek treatment. Due to the affected area, women tend to shy away due to embarrassment. Whether your vagina is dry or too wet, it’s not something to blush over. If dryness becomes a problem that causes friction or pain for you or your partner, then you need help. Being a woman, I understand how embarrassing it is for a doctor to play your parts, but without help, your relationship can suffer considerably. Don’t be selfish with yourself, or the man, all because your cheeks get red easily, whatever the problem, fix it.
When it comes to taking care of the vagina, take a leaf out of a man’s book. The vagina is sacred so treat it as such, MEN DO IT” why not you?
Although dryness is known in many cases to cause vaginal itching and burning/stinging around the vaginal opening and lower third of the vagina, it is the pain that can occur during intercourse that women find most stressful.
Causes of vaginal dryness can include:
Douches – Tampons – Condoms
Dryness is a direct result of lower estrogen levels which is a common occurrence during and after menopause. When estrogen levels drop, vaginal tissue thins and becomes less elastic, drier, and weaker. However, inadequate vaginal lubrication can occur in women of any age. It is also a characteristic sign of vaginal atrophy (atrophic vaginitis), thinning and inflammation of the vaginal walls due to a reduction in estrogen.
For women who deny their man sex to avoid painful intercourse, did you know that there are vaginal lubricants that help make sex happen without discomfort? (Certain lubricants consist of a clear liquid that seeps through the walls of the blood vessels that surround the vagina.)
When a woman is sexually aroused, more blood flows to the pelvic organs and more fluid is produced. But the hormonal changes of menopause, having a baby, and breastfeeding can make the process difficult and prevent action.
A decrease in estrogen levels can be the result of:
Sudden exertion – Effort
changes in menstruation
How can I help prevent my vagina from getting dry? Easy, stop using products that are likely to increase dryness or irritate vaginal tissue. Specific soaps, washing powders, douches, scented gels and allergens that contain harsh ingredients that you should stay away from if they contain questionable ingredients.
Another preferred option is Kegel exercises. They help increase circulation in the pelvic area, which in turn strengthens the vaginal tissue. While lubricants are useful from time to time for sex, specially formulated moisturizing creams will improve the health of vaginal tissues. Particular formulas containing phytoestrogens are known for their ability to naturally replenish declining estrogen levels.
Flaxseeds are high in phytoestrogens and are known to minimize hot flashes and relieve sore breast discomfort. Omega-3 fatty acids are good for fighting heart disease, arthritis, and balancing hormones, and the result is usually less severe.
There is nothing better than supplements to help combat different conditions. This applies to the case of a dry vagina. Consider the B vitamins and vitamin E. Vitamin A helps maintain flexibility. If you decide to take vitamins consult your doctor.
Another option is evening primrose oil.
Avoid vaginal dryness and infections by maintaining a healthy vagina. If you’ve been lucky and haven’t had any problems with your bits “YET” then be prepared for when you do.
A healthy vagina is moist and produces a reasonable amount of vaginal discharge. Over time, discharge due to hormonal cycles and aging can alter the behavior of the vagina. Typical vaginal fluid would appear clear/white, pasty or slippery in consistency, and odorless.
The body relies on the hormone estrogen and progesterone to create ample lubricating secretions for the vagina. Going through the perimenopause and menopause stage when hormones are changing, it is common for dryness to occur as less discharge is produced.
Various reasons for dryness.
Be careful with soaps that are advertised as mild, like Dove and Ivory, because they can dry out genital tissue because they are not pH balanced.
What you eat. Estrogen is needed to help lubricate the vagina. Since estrogen is created from cholesterol, the body’s ability to efficiently produce and metabolize estrogen is highly dependent on the fat we consume in our diet. But while there is a connection between the fat in our diet and estrogen levels, it is essential to consume fats that promote health and hormonal balance rather than those that promote disease.
Hydration is important to keep the mucous membranes moist. Be careful with drinks that contain caffeine and avoid alcohol.
Medications: Specific medications, such as allergy or cold medications, even some antidepressants tend to dry out mucous membranes, including vaginal tissues. Ask your GP about birth control pills as they are known to cause this problem because the hormones they contain are not natural to the human body.
While most people associate dryness with the timing of perimenopause/menopause, hormonal imbalance can occur in women who have premature ovarian failure, polycystic ovary syndrome, anorexia, or pituitary and hypothalamus problems; and also in those who have recently given birth, are breastfeeding, have unbalanced diets, and have undergone cancer therapy or smoke tobacco products.
Stress has an influential impact on the system, and yet women tend to miss the signs. By overloading the adrenal glands, chronic stress forces androgens to drop, interfering with the normal female sexual response cycle. At this point it affects the arousal stages and decreases natural lubrication.
Natural solutions for vaginal dryness
Unfortunately, a large number of women who suffer from vaginal dryness continue to suffer because conventional medications don’t work for them.
The suggestions below are to help, however they may work for some while for others they are useless solutions.
Add soy isoflavones to your diet. Whole soy foods are high in isoflavones and lignans and are known to help.
Give your body the highest level of nutritional support. The body will always have a hard time functioning properly without essential ingredients. For example, omega-3 essential fatty acids support healthy cell membranes and hormonal balance.
Be attentive to your vagina. Check it regularly with a mirror. Tracking any changes will help identify whether dietary habits are the cause of particular problems.
Swap KY Jelly for a quality lubricant that contains methylparaben. Choose a natural lubricant like Sylk or Astroglide that is free of parabens and glycerin.
Natural oil such as sweet almond or grapeseed oil after a bath is effective.
Manage the condition using vitamin E suppositories. Vitamin E applied locally can help restore thin vaginal tissue.