How to restore natural vaginal moisture 

Dealing with vaginal dryness does not have to be something you get used to and there are ways you can get back on track with your vaginal moisture. A drop in estrogen is a common reason behind why you might experience vaginal dryness and treatment options like lubricants and creams, adding plant-based foods to your diet or practicing regular sexual intercourse could help relieve the symptoms. Perfumed toiletries should be avoided, only products adapted to the vaginal area should be used to treat vaginal dryness and to avoid worsening the situation. 

Drop in estrogen levels common reason for vaginal dryness

Experiencing vaginal dryness is quite common, in fact, 50-70% of women experience this after menopause.  ( There are many reasons behind why this might happen – some of which you can treat yourself and some where you would want to consult with your doctor to find the right treatment.

One common cause of vaginal dryness is a drop in the estrogen levels. Estrogen is a hormone helping the lining of the vagina stay elastic, thick and stay lubricated. During menopause, estrogen levels can drop, but this can also happen due to other reasons at any age.

Other reasons to why estrogen levels drop include:

  • anti-estrogen medications
  • childbirth and breastfeeding
  • radiation or chemotherapy
  • surgical removal of the ovaries

Vaginal dryness does not always have to be connected to estrogen levels. It can for example also be experienced when using allergy and cold medications or certain antidepressants. Sjögren’s syndrome (an autoimmune disorder), a lack of sexual foreplay and douching are other examples of why this might happen.

Moisturizers and creams can help reducing vaginal dryness

There is no reason for you to get used to experiencing vaginal dryness, as there are options out there to help you improve on your intimate health and avoid unnecessary discomfort.
There are several ways of relieving the symptoms when experiencing vaginal dryness. Some of which include:

  • Lubricants and moisturizers
  • DHEA (pessary containing dehydroepiandrosterone)
  • Local estrogen (tablets inserted with applicator)
  • Ospemifene (tablet with estrogen like effect)
  • Creams
  • Prolonging foreplay before intercourse to maximize natural lubrication
  • Avoiding perfumed soaps

Adding plant based foods to your diet could increase natural lubrication

Studies have been made ( regarding natural ways to improve symptoms of vaginal dryness. It is suggested that some foods containing phytoestrogen might have a positive impact, although more research is needed within this field to explore potential health risks connected to overconsumption, as an example.

Plant based foods with phytoestrogen include:

  • Nuts
  • Seeds
  • Tofu
  • Soy

Moisture production stimulated during arousal

Having regular intercourse has also been suggested as having a positive effect on vaginal dryness, as blood flow during arousal stimulates moisture production. Time for foreplay should not be underestimated – taking time will let the body lubricate naturally to reduce vaginal dryness. Read more about natural remedies in this article.

Recognize the problem of vaginal dryness and find an alternative suitable for you

For some women vaginal dryness can be very uncomfortable and it could lead to burning, itching and experiencing pain while having sexual intercourse. In these cases, it is recommended that you seek advice from your doctor or gynecologist to discuss possible reasons behind it.

Remember that there are many options available to reduce vaginal dryness, it is not something you should have to get used to. Investigate your own routines to identify if there is something you could do yourself to rid of the symptoms. It could be the type of soap you are using, an allergy medication or that you need to spend a little extra time during foreplay. Vaginal dryness is more common than you might think, so do remember you are not alone. Recognizing that there is an issue is the first step so if you are reading this, you are already closer to finding a solution.

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