As we age, we may experience hormonal fluctuations that lead to many physical challenges, including decreased libido, hot flashes, insomnia and uncomfortable feminine dryness. While these conditions can happen any time, they are typically associated to shifts that occur during perimenopause through menopause and beyond. These side effects impact every part of our lives, from our daily comfort and emotional health to our sex lives and intimate relationships.
As our levels of estrogen and progesterone levels decline with age, our vaginal walls can become thinner, less elastic and drier. Dryness is one of the most common issues, affecting more than half of post-menopausal women between the ages of 51 and 60. When vaginal tissue is thinner and drier, it is more prone to irritation and painful fissures. Dryness can also lead to an increase in vaginal infections and discomfort during urination.
Here are a few tips for improving comfort levels and reducing feminine dryness.
Regular sexual activity promotes natural lubrication and blood flow to the area. This provides a stretching effect that boosts vaginal elasticity and flexibility. These benefits aren’t limited to sex with a partner; you can experience the same results through self-stimulation.
Itching and burning can feel unbearable, but it’s essential to avoid scratching at all costs. Scratching irritates delicate vaginal tissues and can cause even more painful infections. Persistent itching is often a symptom of a fungal or yeast infection that requires medical treatment. Be sure to see your doctor if you experience these symptoms.
The hormonal shifts of perimenopause and beyond can make it more difficult and take longer to achieve natural lubrication, making sexual activity uncomfortable or painful. If not addressed, fragile vaginal tissues can be easily irritated and even minor friction can lead to small tears. Help prevent this with a safe, pH-balanced personal lubricant that contains no parabens, sulfates or harsh ingredients. A water-based product is ideal.
Incorporate a daily therapeutic wash and vaginal moisturizer into your regular self-care routine. Look for pH-balanced products that contain moisturizers and natural enzymes to hydrate this delicate area.
Many lubricants and feminine moisturizers contain harsh chemicals that often cause the problems we’re trying to avoid. For example, “warming” lubricants and those made with synthetic ingredients dry quickly and can cause irritation. Products that contain glycerin have been shown to cause an overgrowth of yeast that can ultimately lead to a fungal infection.
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