Vaginal dryness is a common sexual health issue for women.
And, while it is more likely to occur after menopause, this can be a problem for women at any point in their lives.
Vaginal dryness can lead to pain during intercourse, called dyspareunia, as well as discomfort in the day-to-day because of dryness, itchiness, or a burning sensation.
Vaginal dryness mainly develops due to a drop in estrogen, which normally helps keep the vaginal tissues thick, lubricated, and elastic. Declines in this necessary female hormone can cause the vaginal to thin, become less elastic, and produce less moisture and lubrication.
Estrogen can decline due to menopause, a hysterectomy, childbirth, breastfeeding, certain medical conditions, and certain medications.
Below, we will cover 6 treatments or lifestyle modifications that you can try if you are experiencing vaginal dryness.
Estrogen medications help replace the lost estrogen to help restore and strengthen the vaginal tissues. This can help replace moisture as well.
Estrogen treatments are prescription only, and are normally inserted in the vagina in the form of a ring, gel, cream, or tablet. However, not everyone is a good candidate for estrogen therapy, including those that have had hormonally-related cancers, a history of blood clots, or are pregnant or breastfeeding. Ask your doctor if estrogen therapy may be a good option for your vaginal dryness issues.
Ospemifene is a SERM medication that is taken by mouth as a tablet.
Ospemifene is FDA approved for the treatment of pain during sexual intercourse for women, most of whom are post-menopausal.
The medication can help reduce vaginal dryness as well as helping to reverse vaginal atrophy of the tissues to make sex more comfortable.
This medication is not right for everyone, including those with unusual vaginal bleeding, certain cancers or a history of blood clots, stroke, heart attack, or liver problems. Talk to your doctor to see if Ospemifene may be an option for you.
A non-hormonal option to help reduce painful sex due to dryness is to use a lubricant during sex. You will want to choose a water-based lubricant to avoid ingredients that may further dry out your tissues, plus some oil-based lubricants can degrade condoms.
Lubricants won’t moisturize your vagina or cure the underlying problem, but then can help reduce friction, pain, and make intercourse more comfortable.
Some women have found relief from using our Strut O Cream, which can help increase the physical arousal response, increase vaginal blood flow, and may increase your natural lubrication for a short period of time after use.
A vaginal moisturizer is another non-hormonal option that may help women feel more comfortable in their day-to-day lives.
If you experience vaginal discomfort, burning, or itching throughout the day due to dryness, inserting a vaginal moisturizer a few times a week may help you feel more comfortable.
Be sure to only use a moisturizer that is meant for the vagina to make sure the formulation is gentle, scent-free, and will not irritate sensitive areas.
Sometimes, vaginal dryness can develop from using irritating products in and around the vagina, or taking certain medications.
As far as products go, avoid douches, scented products, or other creams, lotions, or perfumes around the vaginal area as these can lead to dryness and irritation.
Using certain medications like cold and allergy medications or certain anti-depressants can have the side effect of vaginal dryness. If you suspect one of your medications is causing personal dryness issues, talk to your doctor about alternatives, but don’t make changes to your medications without speaking with your doctor first.
Vaginal dryness can sometimes occur during sex because you have not given your body enough time to become fully aroused and lubricated.
Talk to your partner about taking more time before sex and integrate more foreplay to make sure you are prepared for intercourse.
Strut O Cream is a formulation made for women to help improve sensitivity and increase blood flow to the vaginal tissues temporarily during sex. We include prescription blood flow enhances like generic Viagra (sildenafil) to help improve your body’s natural responses during intimacy.
While this formula is made for women of all ages, this can be especially helpful for post-menopausal women. For some women, this can help them produce more of their natural lubrication and feel more prepared and comfortable during intercourse.
You can have a free online questionnaire-based consultation with our U.S. licensed doctors today to see if Strut O Cream is a good fit for you.
If you are a good candidate for treatment, your medication can be shipped to your front door with our free shipping.