Vaginal Dryness – Shhhhhh

Vaginal Dryness

Vaginal dryness.

It’s not something you want to talk about. It’s a little bit like incontinence, it’s a not-something-we-talk-about thing. But, it’s OK, you can read about it in private and at your leisure here.

Vaginal dryness is one of the distressing signs of peri- and post-menopause. The discomfort of the condition is further exacerbated by the fact that so many women suffer in silence because of its ‘not-something-we-talk-about’ 🤫 status.

The thing is though it’s common, and it’s linked to one of the other signs – lack of libido – so it’s super important to find ways to deal with it. Not only for your physical wellness but because it delivers quite a hit mentally and emotionally.

Causes of Vaginal Dryness

The most common reason for vaginal dryness is ageing and declining estrogen levels during the meno years. The ovaries produce the sex hormones (estrogen, progesterone, testosterone and DHEA) and it’s these that keep the thin layer of moisture that coats the walls of our vagina nice and moist. In our younger years, this moisture helps sperm survive and travel to create a healthy pregnancy.

During perimenopause, the hormones produced by our ovaries begin reducing which can, not only decrease moisture levels on the vaginal walls but also cause them to thin and become less elastic.

Vaginal dryness is one of the distressing signs of peri- and post-menopause and many women suffer in silence because of its ‘not-something-we-talk-about’ 🤫 status. Click To Tweet

According to the Mayo Clinic estrogen may also decrease due to:

  • Breastfeeding
  • Childbirth
  • Cigarette smoking
  • Effects on your ovaries from cancer therapy
  • Immune disorders
  • Oophorectomy (ovary removal surgery)
  • Use of allergy and cold medications
  • Douching
  • Sjogren’s syndrome

The Side Effects of Vaginal Dryness

  • Discomfort during sex
  • A burning va-j-j
  • Lack of libido and orgasm
  • Vaginal itching
  • Urinary tract infections

4 Things You Can Do

  1. Head to the kitchen. It’s amazing what Mother Nature serves up on the healing front. Take a tip from the ancient wisdom of Ayurveda and use coconut oil or ghee to soothe, heal and de-itch. The anti-inflammatory benefits of aloe vera is also a brilliant soothing healer.
  2. Avoid bubble baths (have one of these instead), perfumed soaps and douching.
  3. There are also lubricants available that may help. Choose one that’s water-based and doesn’t contain fragrance or artificial colours.
Take a tip from the ancient wisdom of Ayurveda and use coconut oil or ghee to soothe, heal and de-itch. Click To Tweet

Do You Need To See Your Doctor?

It’s always important to seek professional medical advice when something is causing you undue discomfort, and if you’re bleeding or manifesting sores it should definitely be on your agenda.

Hope that helps 😀

Any questions don’t hesitate to send me an e here.

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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.