How To Soothe Itchy Skin Including Your Nether Regions

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Let’s talk about itchy skin and itchy skin downunder.

One of the common symptoms of the menopausal years and declining estrogen is itchy skin. It’s frustrating, it’s common and we often don’t realise it’s to do with our hormones.

Just as common, and arguably even more uncomfortable, is the incidence of an itchy vagina. 

Why Does Our Skin & Vagina Become Itchy?

Estrogen is our ‘juice’. As such it plays a role in producing collagen (a skin-plumping protein) and sebum (natural skin oil). 

In addition, when we lose estrogen our skin’s barrier function and ability to hold moisture within the skin cells diminishes. So as the natural process of trans-epidermal water loss (TEWL) – the skin’s natural water evaporation system – kicks in it can add to dehydration.

NB: there is a difference between dry and dehydrated skin but for our purposes we are speaking in broad strokes...

Moisturising Skincare Can Help

Your skin can become drier and/or more dehydrated during perimenopause. As a result, by the time you reach post-menopause, it may be noticeably thinner and dryer.

Therefore, it’s a good idea to apply high-quality, natural moisturisers and hydrators twice a day.

Moisturisers and hydrators are usually humectant, occlusive or emollient:

  • Humectants attract water to the skin so are good for plumping – hyaluronic acid and glycerin are gold standard examples.
  • Occlusives create a seal on the skin holding hydration in i.e. argan oil and jojoba oil.
  • Emollients soften and nourish decreasing inflammation and itchiness – avocado and jojoba oils are good choices.

This information is for your skin rather than your vagina.

 
NB: Try to choose certified organic and natural skincare as other options can contain xenoestrogens, which can play havoc with your hormones.

A Therapeutic Essential Oils Recipe For An Itchy Vagina

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Many women experience the discomfort and frustration of an itchy vagina. What’s more, it’s difficult to talk about. The following recipe from Dr Bo Hendgen, founder of Absolute Essential, is simple, soothing and effective.

  • 1 x small flattish dish i.e. soy sauce size
  • ½ to 1 tsp organic Aloe Vera
  • 1 drop of German Chamomile or Sweet Lavender essential oil
  • 1 drop Manuka essential oil
  • 1 small, firm tampon
  1. Add the ingredients to the dish and combine.
  2. Roll the tampon in the blend, insert and leave for a couple of hours. 
  3. Repeat daily until symptoms ease.
  4. The vagina is a moist environment so oil is often not very effective here. This is why we recommend adding organic Aloe Vera Gel. 
  5. If you’d like to add essential oils, the dosage must be minute and you need to be extremely careful.
 
Photo by Deon Black on Unsplash

Main image by Cliff Booth from Pexe

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Post-menopause


This is the time when menstruation is well and truly over, the ovaries have stopped producing high levels of sex hormones and for many ladies, perimenopause symptoms subside.

Estrogen has protective qualities and the diminished levels mean organs such as your brain, heart and bones become more vulnerable. It’s also a key lubricant so your lips may become drier, your joints less supple and your vagina might be drier. In addition, your thyroid, digestion, insulin, cortisol and weight may alter.

At this juncture, a woman might experience an increase in the signs of reduced estrogen but she should have a decrease of perimenopause symptoms. That said, some women will experience symptoms like hot flushes for years or even the rest of their lives.

Perimenopause

Peri = ‘near’

Most females begin to experience the symptoms of perimenopause in their mid-forties. Your progesterone levels decline from your mid-30s but it’s generally from around 40 that the rest of your sex hormones begin to follow suit. 

Perimenopause is a different experience for every woman and some women may barely notice it. The first indicators are usually changes to the monthly cycle. This means that for some ladies, this can be accompanied by things like sore breasts, mood swings, weight gain around the belly, and fatigue as time goes on.

For those with symptoms it can be a challenging time physically, mentally and emotionally.

Importantly, perimenopause lasts – on average – four to 10 years. The transition is usually a gradual process and many women enter perimenopause without realising.