Vaginal dryness is a common symptom of menopause but is also experienced by millions of women around the world due to other hormonal fluctuations including breastfeeding and pregnancy.
Oestrogen is the main hormone that helps maintain the fluid that lubricates the vagina as well as its elasticity and thickness. If oestrogen levels drop - for example due to menopause, childbirth and breastfeeding, changes in medication or even chemotherapy - vaginal dryness can occur that can be sore, uncomfortable, and often painful. It can be common to feel discomfort during sex, feel itching, soreness or burning in or around your vagina, or feel the need to urinate more frequently. These are all symptoms of vaginal dryness.
There are several ways and remedies to treat vaginal dryness:
Omega 7 - Sea Buckthorn Supplements
The sea buckthorn plant, originating from the Himalayas, is rich in Omega 7 fatty acid, including palmitoleic acid and vaccenic acid. The vitamin A that is found in Omega 7 contributes to the maintenance of normal skin, vision and mucous membranes. A 2014 study explored sea buckthorn oil on 116 postmenopausal women experiencing vaginal dryness. This three-month trial looking into vaginal pH and moisture found improvements in vaginal health amongst these women.
Vaginal moisturising gels are designed to replicate the typical vaginal environment and can provide gentle and soothing routine hydration for the vagina. Yes VM moisturises and soothes dry and sensitive vaginal tissues and provides long-lasting rehydration. The YES VM formulation allows moisture to be released where and when your body needs it to restore and maintain vaginal health. Available in a tube to apply with your fingers, or in pre-filled applicators. All YES products are glycerine, paraben and hormone free.
Without natural lubrication, the vagina can become fragile due to dryness. Dryness, irritation, friction and pain during sexual intercourse are fairly common with hormonal fluctuations but can be easily treated. YES WB is a water-based personal lubricant that feels natural, intensely hydrating and gentle. With a pH-balanced formula and organic ingredients, YES WB provides safe lubrication and fast relief from vaginal dryness. It has no smell, no taste, and no stickiness leaving skin feeling clean and residue-free.
HSE - Vaginal Dryness
Vaginal dryness - Women's Health Concern
Web MD - Vaginal Dryness
Yes Yes Yes - Guest Blog: Vaginal Dryness and Pregnancy, Contraception and Beyond by Philippa Kaye
Yes Yes Yes - Menopause and vaginal dryness: How YES can help!
US National Library of Medicine - Effects of sea buckthorn oil intake on vaginal atrophy in postmenopausal women: a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study
Pharmanord - Experiencing Dryness with Menopause?