Vaginal dryness can be a common issue, especially after menopause. Learn more about 6 potential treatments.
So you’re thinking you might be dealing with vaginal dryness -- but you’re wondering what is it, why does it happen, and what on earth is the fix?
In this article, we’ll outline why vaginal dryness happens, and offer 6 great vaginal dryness treatment options.
During menopause, female sex hormones secreted by the ovaries “retire." Levels of estrogen and progesterone dip -- causing a whole host of related symptoms.
Estrogen plays an important role when it comes to keeping vaginal tissues elastic and moist. When these tissues become drier than normal, this can easily become uncomfortable.
If this turns into a chronic issue, you might be dealing with the following symptoms:
When it comes to picking the best vaginal dryness treatment for you, you should consider if you want to use localized hormonal products, non-hormonal products, or a combination of both.
Non-hormonal vaginal dryness products are topical solutions that do not contain any hormonal medication.
These products do not treat the underlying issue of low estrogen levels, rather they help soothe and replenish dry tissues.
This is great if you’re dealing with moderate dryness or if you’re using other estrogen-containing products.
Non-hormonal products are things like cream or gel moisturizers, lubricants, and blood flow enhancers.
Also Read: 7 Ways To Help Increase Vaginal Lubrication Without Hormones
Vaginal moisturizers help draw moisture to the cells. You can try all-natural moisturizers like vitamin E oil or coconut oil. Or you can opt for formulated creams and gels.
AH!YES vaginal moisturizers can be used daily. They offer oil and water-based options.
Replens Moisturizer is a common choice and one application may help improve moisture for up to 3 days.
Carlson vitamin E vaginal suppositories are inserted into the vagina to help restore vaginal moisture and elasticity.
After menopause, blood flow to the vagina, vulva, and clitoris slows down. When it comes to the most intimate moments, this can pose an issue. Without an increase in blood flow, arousal fluid might become sparse -- making post-menopausal sex quite painful.
O Creams utilize the power of prescription topical vasodilators which work to increase blood flow to the vagina. Increased blood flow then sends a message to create natural lubrication.
Menopausal women have found these creams very effective at aiding natural arousal lubrication.
These are applied to the vulva 30 minutes prior to sexual activity. These can help with natural lubrication and may also increase sensitivity to enhance your “O” moment.
Strut “O” Cream uses the power of the blood flow enhancers sildenafil, pentoxifylline, and arginine to increase your natural vaginal lubrication.
For some women, the only time vaginal dryness really poses an issue is in the bedroom. In this case, the aforementioned O Cream and sexual lubricants can really do the trick.
You can choose between water-based lubricants or oil-based lubricants. Oil-based products tend to last a little longer. But keep in mind that some oil-based lubricants can cause condom breakage.
Localized hormonal treatments are low-dose estrogen medications that are localized to one area. In this case, estrogen products are inserted or topically applied to the vagina or vulva. In this way, the low-dose estrogen is mostly only delivered to these vaginal tissues and only the vaginal tissues are affected.
These hormonal options can be effective at treating vaginal dryness and work well alongside non-hormonal treatments.
Read Related: 6 Ways That Sex After Menopause May Be Different
The following treatments require a physician prescription.
VagiFem is a small low-dose estrogen tablet that is inserted into the vagina and slowly disperses estrogen into the vaginal tissues. It helps to soothe symptoms of vaginal dryness.
ESTRING is a small flexible ring that can be inserted into the vagina. Over time, it slowly disperses low doses of estrogen. One ring lasts 3 months. This can help ease low estrogen vaginal symptoms.
Estrace is an estrogen cream that is inserted internally with an applicator.
Postmenopausal women who have reviewed our Strut O Cream rave that it helped them with their vaginal dryness symptoms during sex. With the help of the topical vasodilator, and sildenafil (the active ingredient in Viagra) they were able to enjoy intimate moments again.
Our blood flow enhancing Strut O Cream is physician-formulated, prescription-strength, and designed to help women get their strut back.
If you want to try our Strut O Cream, simply complete a questionnaire-based online doctor's consultation.
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