Some menopausal symptoms never go away. Hot flashes are finally gone but when will vaginal dryness stop?
Hot flashes and night sweats may eventually go away- thank goodness! But the blow to our estrogen levels and its effect on our most intimate skin may very well haunt us for the rest of our lives. One of the most common and troublesome symptoms of menopause is dryness as the estrogen in our bodies abandons ship, leaving thin, sensitive, and less elastic vaginal tissue. Dryness, whether mild or severe, can cause pain during sex, discomfort, itching, and irritation even for those who aren’t sexually active.
Remember to Moisturize Everywhere—Including the Vagina. Moisturizing hands, legs and arms keeps skin feeling smooth, keeps cracking skin at bay and moisturizing the face scares away those dreaded wrinkles. But I’ll bet there’s a part of your body that’s in serious need of a little extra moisture that you may be neglecting—and that’s your vagina.
Vaginal dryness does not discriminate – it affects menopausal women just as it can affect those who are breastfeeding or taking oral contraceptives. And, it can also occur in response to douching, radiation, tampon use, advanced endometriosis, and as a side effect of a variety of medications, including breast cancer treatments like Tamoxifen. Excessive exercise, alcohol, caffeine, smoking, and certain allergy medications can make dryness even worse.
If you've had vaginal dryness, you know how uncomfortable it can be, and if left untreated, it can lead to atrophic vaginitis, bleeding, urinary discomfort, UTIs, and painful sex. Some say sex can feel like sandpaper, and thus would rather avoid intimacy altogether, rather than risk the pain. Not so sexy, huh!
You’re Never Too Dry to Try, Here’s Why…Self-pleasure and sex increases overall health, vitality, joy and creativity, and ignites the brain and body together to enhance self-esteem. But, if you’re one of the 40% of postmenopausal women who experiences painful sex because you’re dry, you aren’t doomed to accept a life without passion. The answer is as close as your neighborhood drug store and is available without a prescription.
Lube it up! For starters, the right vaginal lubricant is an essential ingredient for turning “painful sex” into slippery, fun sex. Most water-based versions are gloppy, sticky and only last for a few minutes. On the other hand, a silicone lube like Replens Silky Smooth or Wet Platinum is more slippery, lasts much longer, hours in fact, reduces abrasion to nil, eases penetration and enhances sexual activity.
Moisturize. Lubricants are great for use just before sex to reduce friction—but, they don’t replenish the moisture your vagina needs every day. Estrogen-free Replens Moisturizer provides soothing, safe, immediate, and long-lasting relief while helping the vaginal tissues regenerate naturally. Regular moisturizing should be part of your self-care regimen because it actually relieves internal dryness for up to 3 full days, leaving tissues hydrated by replenishing moisture and rejuvenating dry internal vaginal cells. The hydrating property restores the vaginal pH to premenopausal levels and reduces vaginal dryness. “In a randomized trial, a polycarbophil-based vaginal moisturizer available over the counter (Replens) provided relief of vaginal symptoms equivalent to that of vaginal estrogen…,” stated the article published in the New England Journal of Medicine, entitled “Management of Menopausal Symptoms,” by Deborah Grady, M.D., M.P.H.
Soothe. The same hormonal changes that cause internal vaginal dryness can also contribute to external vaginal discomfort. The outside skin surrounding the vagina can become irritated and cause discomfort during normal daily activities like walking, prolonged sitting, exercising, and bike riding. Replens Moisture Restore External Comfort Gel’s blend of moisturizers and vitamins including Vitamin E and Pro-Vitamin B5, helps soothe and relieve irritation, discomfort, and chafing.
Sometimes, the ravages of menopause make the vaginal walls so thin and dry that the only way to reverse the vaginal clock and make intercourse and daily life comfortable is to use a local vaginal estrogen. But whether you choose a vaginal moisturizer and/or a prescription estrogen product, know that there are solutions that enable you to slip back into everyday comfort—and a more satisfying sex life.
Remember, you’re never too dry to try!
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The same hormonal changes that cause internal vaginal dryness can also contribute to external discomfort. Replens Moisture Restore External Comfort Gel is a daily vaginal moisturizer that provides continuous comfort, and alleviates irritation of the vulva (outside skin surrounding the vagina). Give it a try – for free! (while supplies last)
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