How to Get Rid of Vaginal Dryness
The most common sexual change as women enter the perimenopausal years is vaginal dryness. It's a natural result of decreasing estrogen levels. Fortunately, there are a number of ways to remedy the condition and enhance your sex life.
But age isn't the only culprit. Antihistamines, antidepressants, some cough and cold medications as well as some oral contraceptives can also cause vaginal dryness. Chemotherapy drugs, excessive exercise, hypertension and tampons are yet more triggers.
Regardless of the cause, vaginal dryness can result in uncomfortable itching, painful intercourse, and delicate vaginal tissues becoming more vulnerable to infection. What can be done? Fortunately, there are several options:
- Regular exercise can help improve blood flow to the area, particularly kegel exercises, which target the muscles of the pelvic floor.
- Estrogen-replacement therapy can relieve vaginal dryness. Estrogen is available in a pill or a skin patch, or in a cream or ring that is inserted into the vagina.
- For women who aren't candidates for HRT, vaginal moisturizers are a soothing solution. Daily use of a moisturizer such as Replense or Vagisil can help keep vaginal tissues moist and supple, while relieving irritation, itching and discomfort caused by dryness.
- Over-the-counter personal lubricants, such as Moist Again, Astroglide and Lubrin, can be used just before intercourse to help reduce friction. Astroglide is also available in pre-filled applicators under the product name Silken Secret.
Vaginal dryness can also be helped by increased sexual foreplay and more frequent sex.