How To Treat Vaginal Dryness

7 Ways To Treat Vaginal Dryness

As if we don’t have enough to complain about when it comes to menopause, according to gynecologist Dr. Alyssa Dweck co-author of V is for Vagina, “Declining estrogen levels have a profound effect, making our vaginas thinner, less elastic, drier, and more prone to chafing irritation and bleeding.” Untreated, vaginal dryness can also make intercourse painful. But Dweck is quick to point out there are simple and effective steps women can take to help prevent or treat these conditions:

Opt For A Vaginal Moisturizer: There are non-hormonal daily vaginal moisturizers which women can use regularly to keep their vaginas moist. Speak with your pharmacist or gynecologist about these kinds of over-the-counter remedies.

Try Perennial Massage:  Enjoy yourself. Combine the massage with vitamin E oil, or even olive oil, to help keep your vaginal wall elastic.

Vitamin E Suppositories: These can be ordered from a compounding pharmacy on-line.  The suppositories are in a capsule form and dissolve quickly and easily in the vagina. FYI: These are not Vitamin E capsules you get over-the-counter.

Glycerin: Some women swear by glycerin suppositories or other over-the-counter suppository non-hormonal preparations to help moisturize their vaginas.

Avoid Harsh Detergent: For garments touching your vulva, steer clear of perfumed detergents and wash with products free of dyes, enzymes, and fragrances. And don’t overdo it. Use just half the suggested amount of detergent no matter what kind it is. Also, stay away from fabric softeners and dryer sheets if they’re not chemical-free. Air It Out: Either sleep commando or wear loose fitting PJs or better yet, a night gown. Avoid pantyhose. Always Opt For Cotton: Avoid underwear with a synthetic crotch. Don’t Wait. Strip off wet work-out clothes and swimsuits immediately. Robin Westen is ThirdAge’s medical reporter. Check for her daily updates. Her newest book, co-authored with Dr. Alyssa Dweck, is "V Is For Vagina.” 
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