Vaginal dryness, not a topic we much talk about however, it is an issue some women deal with. When we think about this issue we think about those going through menopause. It does occur during this time, but it also occurs for other reasons.
Reasons for Vaginal Dryness
- Hormonal Changes - This usually occurs during the menopausal stages due to a lack of estrogen. However, this may also be the case after childbirth, breastfeeding, and during preimenopause. Those who go through chemotherapy may also have lower estrogen levels. Women who have had their ovaries removed may also experience this issue.
- Medicine - Medicine taken for allergies or colds can also contribute to vaginal dryness along with some antidepressants.
- Allergies - If one is allergic or has a sensitivity to things like dyes, soaps, or perfumes these things may also contribute to the issue. Towels or clothing can maintain toxins from laundry soap and may not effect any other part of the body, but that feminine part. Anything inserted could cause a problem with vaginal dryness including douches.
- Stress & Anxiety - Stress and anxiety effect the body in various ways and this is one of them. These two things can cause a lack of blood flow thus leading to less lubrication.
- Autoimmune Disease - An autoimmune disease called Sjogren syndrome causes dryness in the mouth, eyes, nose and the vagina.
- Lack of Foreplay - Gee this is a surprise some men need to know this is important for women.
The Importance of Female LubricationNo, this lubrication is not just for making sex more comfortable for us there is more to it. This natural lubrication in women is produced in glands within the cervix. The lubrication moves slowly through vagina which aids in keeping it clean by removing dead cells. This lubricant is slightly acidic which aids in keeping our feminine part healthy and preventing infection.
When estrogen is lost the vulva and tissues become thin, less dry, and lose their elasticity scientifically this is called atrophy. Less estrogen also causes a more alkaline environment which can lead to irritation and a great risk for infections. This in turn can lead to psychology issues which in turn contributes more so to vaginal dryness.
Dealing with Vaginal Dryness Naturally
- Electrolytes - A majority of vaginal fluids stem from the blood which forms droplets of natural fluid rich in electrolytes which penetrate vaginal cells
- Water - The body in whole is more than 90% water and it is important for hydration and elasticity
- Omega 3, 6, & 9 Fatty Acids - They aid in balancing the hormones
- Vitamin A - Vital for the health of the vaginal walls and aids in increasing estrogen
- Vitamin B12 - Aids in lubrication
- Vitamin E - Helps with itching, thinning walls, and dryness
- Natural Oils - Natural oils such as coconut oil can be used for lubrication before sex