Vaginal Dryness – Does Your Vagina Feel Dry?
Vaginal dryness is a very common problem that up to half of all women are bothered by during menopause. Dryness is also the most common cause of pain during intercourse.
Fortunately, there are a good number of ways you can treat and prevent dryness in the vagina, so the problem will no longer hold you back.
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Vaginal dryness can affect women of all ages, but the problem is most common in women after or during menopause. The dryness occurs when the production of oestrogen in the ovaries ceases or is reduced.
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What is vaginal dryness?
When girls/women hit puberty, the body begins to produce oestrogen in the ovaries. This production continues until the woman hits menopause. Oestrogen production induces the mucous membrane in the vagina to moisten and form discharge. This moisture also acts as a natural lubricant during intercourse.
Therefore, when oestrogen production ceases, many women experience dry mucous membranes in the vagina (the mucous membranes in the vagina have become thinner and this reduces production of vaginal discharge).
It stings and itches, and there may also be pain or bleeding during or after intercourse. It’s very annoying and uncomfortable. In fact, dry skin is the most common cause of intercourse pain.
Many women feel that vaginal dryness is just something they must learn to live with. But there’s absolutely no reason for this, as there are many great treatments available including lubricants and creams/gels.
How to Treat vaginal Dryness
If you’re one of the many women who suffer from vaginal dryness or soreness in the vagina, there is absolutely no reason to simply live with the irritation and discomfort. There are many great ways you can deal with the problem.
The question is simply whether you want to try traditional hormone treatments or try using topical treatment creams with natural ingredients. Of course, it’s always a good idea to consult your doctor about the various options beforehand.
You can always ask at the pharmacy or at your local health store if you want to learn more about the different products available.
Hormone Treatment – Topical or General
If you go to your doctor, the treatment for menopausal problems will often be hormone treatment that replaces the natural – and now lacking – hormone production (oestrogen and/or progestogen). It may be in the form of a general treatment for the whole body, or a topical treatment such as pills, vaginal tablets or creams/gels.
There are several different problems that can occur due to menopause, so some women may prefer a general treatment that works on all their symptoms. On the other hand, if there is a single problem, like vaginal dryness, many prefer to simply treat the one symptom.
There are both advantages and disadvantages of having hormone treatments. For some women, it’s a good solution to their overall problems, but others don’t want to change their hormone levels or replace them.
Luckily there are various natural remedies that can also effectively treat vaginal dryness.
Femigel from Australian Bodycare is a light, smooth gel. It contains the natural ingredient tea tree oil, which can remedy problems that many women experience on the external genital organs, including itching, burning, dryness and irritation.
Femigel is a remedy for the symptom, whereas Femi daily is used to prevent the problem in the first place.
Femigel for Dryness and intimate Discomfort
In general, if you experience problems with dryness in the vagina and labia – sometimes accompanied by itching, irritation and other discomforts – you should definitely seek treatment rather than suffer in silence. Fortunately, there are many great ways you can alleviate the discomfort.
Tea tree oil is a well-known remedy for itching, irritation, dryness and other skin conditions. Femigel from Australian Bodycare is a water-based, hormone-free gel containing tea tree oil.
The gel prevents itchiness, irritation and dryness in the vaginal opening, and helps to restore moisture and suppleness to the vagina.
Femigel is proven to treat against intimate discomfort.
Femigel was dermatologically and gynecologically tested in a 4-week clinical trial.
The study showed the following results from women who used Femigel:
- 100% of women said that Femigel eliminated itching.
- 94% of women said that Femigel eliminated dryness.
- 94% of women said that Femigel eliminated irritation.
- 88% of women said that Femigel eliminated unwanted odours.
It’s recommended that you use Femigel once every three days if you experience mild symptoms. In cases of more severe symptoms, you can apply the gel twice daily.
Since Femigel is made from 100% natural ingredients, it can be used for long periods of time – or even all the time.
Traditional drugs, on the other hand, can only be used for a limited period of time. After that time period, the body must have a break before treatment can be resumed.
Lubricants for Vaginal Dryness
If you suffer from dryness in the vagina, you will typically experience pain and/or minor bleeding during or after intercourse. It’s uncomfortable and can affect your relationship and quality of life. There is no reason to let it affect you in this way because there are ways to treat the problem.
Lubricants are designed to reduce the friction that occurs during sexual intercourse. There are many different types and brands of lubricants available. If you prefer gels made from natural ingredients, Intim Glide from Australian Bodycare is a good one to try.
Intim Glide contains tea tree oil, which is known to work effectively against itching and irritation. The gel moisturises and is therefore ideal for treating dryness.
If you only have problems with vaginal dryness during sex, a gel will be a great way to remedy it. If, on the other hand, you have problems with vaginal dryness every day, a lubricant will not cure the problem.
A cream or gel, such as Femigel, that treats the problem rather than the symptom can be a more appropriate method.
How to Prevent Dryness in The intimate area
Do you sometimes experience vaginal dryness, or have you long suffered from the problem and only just got rid of it? If so, it’s nice to know what you can do to avoid it in the future. There’s much you can do to prevent vaginal dryness.
Do you like to wash your genitals thoroughly? If so, you should be very wary of what products you use, unless you just use water. Of course, while it’s important to maintain good hygiene, it’s also important that you do not wash so thoroughly that you unduly aggravate the skin and the natural bacterial balance; this causes vaginal dryness.
If you want to use soap, it is therefore important that you only use a mild and skin-friendly intimate soap that has the correct pH.
Old wives’ tales that advise you to treat vaginal dryness with yogurt, vinegar and other household products are not recommended. They may actually worsen the problem.
However, washing with a good intimate soap alone will not prevent dryness in your vagina. If you want to do more to prevent dryness, you can make it a habit to use a good and skin-friendly intimgel daily on your genitals.
Femi daily from Australian Bodycare is a mild and skin-friendly gel containing tea tree oil that counteracts dryness, itching, irritation and unwanted odours on the outer intimate areas. Femi daily can be used daily as a preventive treatment for dryness.
If you experience dryness during sex, you can use a lubricant. Intim Glide from Australian Bodycare is the obvious choice: it’s a light, smooth and sensual gel. It contains the natural ingredient tea tree oil, which can soothe problems including itching, burning, dryness and irritation which many women experience on their external genitals.
If you have problems with vaginal dryness outside of intercourse, you may need to do a little more to treat the problem. If this is the case for you, a treatment like Femigel is a good choice.
How to Avoid Pain During Sexual Intercourse
Vaginal dryness is the most common cause of pain during intercourse. It’s an uncomfortable problem that too often significantly affects relationships and quality of life. Unfortunately, it’s something that up to half of all women will experience after menopause. This is because when oestrogen production ceases, the vagina often becomes dry and irritated.
If you have problems with vaginal dryness, you may also experience burning and itching in your vagina, and pain and/or discomfort during intercourse.
A gel will, in most cases, treat the problem because it is especially formulated to reduce friction that occurs during sex – when the skin is dry, there is greater friction.
If you prefer a gel with natural ingredients, try Intim Glide from Australian Bodycare. It contains tea tree oil, which is known to work effectively against itching and irritation. Furthermore, the gel adds extra moisture so there’s no dryness at the vaginal opening.
The Intim Glide is used for intercourse. However, if you want to prevent and treat dryness in the vagina every day, you can use Femi daily and Femigel, both of which moisturise and fight itching, burning and dryness.
Who Experiences Vaginal Dryness?
Vaginal dryness is something that many women know about. Just over half of all women will experience dryness after menopause. Furthermore, there are also women who experience vaginal dryness when they are pregnant or breastfeeding.
Dryness may also occur due a change in your hormonal balance or because of a hormonal disorder. For example, cancer treatment (chemotherapy or radiation therapy) may cause vaginal dryness. In some cases, dryness may occur due to cigarette smoking or an eating disorder.
However, the main causes of dryness in the vagina are decreased oestrogen production or a hormonal imbalance.
Vaginal dryness is also known medically as vaginal atrophy.
About Menopause and Vaginal Dryness
Dryness in the vagina is something that menopausal women experience especially. It’s estimated that up to half of all women who’ve passed menopause will experience vaginal dryness.
It’s uncomfortable, very annoying and often affects the quality of your life. But there’s no reason to just live with the problem when there’s much you can do to treat it.
During sex, a lubricant can be very effective. In addition, you can also combat dryness with a good intimate gel.
FAQs about Vaginal Dryness
What causes vaginal dryness?
Dryness in the vagina occurs when the production of oestrogen in the ovaries stops or is reduced. This happens when women reach menopause. Furthermore, lower levels of oestrogen may occur during pregnancy or when breastfeeding. There are also women who experience dryness in the vagina during cancer treatments (chemotherapy or radiation therapy). And finally, the cause can also be cigarette smoking or an eating disorder, although this is rare.
How do you treat vaginal dryness?
Oestrogen production encourages the mucose membranes in the vagina to become moist. When oestrogen production ceases, the vagina will therefore dry out in many women, which can be very frustrating. Dryness can be treated in two different ways: a hormone treatment to replace the oestrogen and topical treatments like lubricants, soothing creams and gels.
How do you avoid vaginal dryness?
Dryness in the vagina is caused, in most cases, by the reduction in oestrogen production, which you cannot do anything about yourself. But you can, on the other hand, do something to prevent dryness becoming a recurring problem. You can do this by using a skin-friendly and mild intimate cream that prevents dryness, itching and irritation daily. The Femi daily from Australian Bodycare cream, which contains tea tree oil, is applied to the external genitals to do this.
What is Vaginal Dryness?
Vaginal dryness is medically called vaginal atrophy. The main reason for dryness in the vagina is a decreased level or lack of oestrogen, or a hormonal imbalance. After menopause, up to half of all women experience vaginal dryness. Furthermore, there are also women who vaginal dryness when pregnant or breastfeeding
Can You Treat Vaginal Dryness Yourself?
Fortunately, there is much you can do to treat or prevent dryness in the vagina. During intercourse you can use a good lubricant that adds much needed moisture. Additionally, you can use a cream/gel daily to prevent dryness, itching, burning and irritation while adding moisture. For example, both Femigel and Femi daily are mild and skin-friendly creams with the natural ingredient tea tree oil. Australian tea tree oil is known to work effectively against itching, burning and other skin problems.