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Last updated March 22, 2017 (originally published April 11, 2011)

By Muireann Prendergast, Associate Editor and Featured
Columnist






Loss of lubrication in your vagina, painful sexual relations
and changes in vaginal discharge are embarrassing issues for
some women and, as a result, many choose to suffer rather
than remedy them. However, vaginal dryness is an
increasingly common problem. Numbers are difficult to come
by due to the numbers of women who hide the condition.
However, UK-based, women’s health service, Women’s
Health Concern (WHC) estimates that half of women of post-
menopausal age between 51 and 60 are affected by dry
vagina as well as 17% of women between 18 and 50. So,
what causes dry vagina? And are there any natural remedies
for vaginal dryness?



What Causes Dry Vagina?



A 2009 Italian study carried out at Milan’s Research Center
for Reproductive Medicine explained that declining estrogen
levels in our post menopausal years can lead to the drying
and thinning of the vaginal walls which in turn can lead to
vaginal dryness. The study found that vaginal dryness was
one of the most common complaints among women
attending the menopausal clinics included in the study.


A 2011 study completed by Mexico City’s Instituto Nacional
de Perinatología Isidro Espinoza de los Reyes, revealed that ,
just as hormonal changes occur during menopause, they can
also occur in women while they are using birth control pills,
during pregnancy, and in the post partum period. These
hormonal changes can produce vaginal dryness.

Vaginal atrophy is also strongly associated with vaginal
dryness. Vaginal atrophy describes a set of symptoms,
including loss of muscle tone of the vagina, sensitive skin of
the vagina and vulva, pale and frail tissue and sometimes
even ulcers in the vaginal area --all of which occur because
the vagina is not receiving the optimal amount of estrogen.

In both older and pre-menopausal women, vaginal dryness
may occur because of lack of sexual arousal.  


Fungal infections like candida albicans can also cause vaginal
dryness and irritation. This same infection ---a yeast
infection --- can also affect the mouth area according to a
2011 UK study from King’s College London. When it does
affect the mouth, it is called "
thrush".



Vaginal dryness can also be a symptom of
Sjögren’s
syndrome. A 2011 English study undertaken at Newcastle-
upon-Tyne’s Institute of Cellular Medicine defines this
condition as a relatively common immune-mediated condition
characterized by oral (
dry mouth) and ocular dryness (dry
eyes), which can then spread to other parts of the body
such as the sex organs, fatigue, musculoskeletal pain and
poor health-related quality of life. (Read more about
natural
remedies for dry mouth and dry eyes.)


Let’s not forget that the chemicals we put into the vagina
can also irritate it. A 2008 study carried out at Maryland’s
Johns Hopkins University explained that vaginal douching
can increase the risk of the disturbance of vaginal flora,
which can in turn lead to dryness and irritation.

[Update:

Chemotherapy and other cancer treatments can cause
painful dryness in the vagina, according to a 2013 study
jointly conducted by a team from Stanford University School
of Medicine, University of California Irvine and the Southern
California Center for Sexual Health and Survivorship
Medicine.

Vaginal dryness is also one of the major symptoms of a
condition known as "vulvovaginal atrophy", according to a
2016 study from the United Kingdom's Queen Charlotte’s &
Chelsea Hospital and Chelsea & Westminster Hospital.  This
condition is exactly what it sounbds like, a loss of muscle
tone and tissue in the vagina and vulvar region. Read more
about
vaginal atrophy.]

Top 10 Natural Remedies For Vaginal Dryness






























If you suffer from vaginal dryness, don’t worry. Help is at
hand. We’ve scoured our resources to bring you’re a list of
natural remedies. Please consult your health care practitioner
before embarking on a course of self-medication.



1.
Soy Reduces Vaginal Dryness Linked to Menopause

A 2010 Brazilian study published by State University of
Campinas found that the daily ingestion of dietary soy
supplementation improved significantly the urogential
symptoms of menopause in 60 women such as a dry, itchy
vagina.

Soy is rich in phytonutrients, which mimic the hormone
estrogen, and are used by the body when estrogen levels
are depleted in menopause to rehydrate the vagina. The
study found that daily ingestion of dietary soy reduced the
vaginal dryness in participants by a whopping 38.6%.

Try adding tofu to salads, scrambled eggs and even to dishes
such as lasagna to boost the amount of soy in your diet.



2.
Red Clover


A 2009 Serbian study carried out at University of Belgrade
found that red clover is another example of a rich source of
plant phytonutrients which help remedy the hormone
imbalance that characterizes menopause. The study revealed
that red clover supplements had favorable metabolic effects
on the serum lipids of menopausal women in decreasing
unhealthy cholesterol and increasing healthy fats, which
promotes the overall health of the body, including the vagina.



3.
Vitamin E


Another source of phytonutrients is Vitamin E. A 2010 Italian
study carried out at the Pordenone’s Istituto Nazionale
Tumori found that Vitamin E gel was effective in relieving
vaginal dryness in post-menopausal women. However, this
study concerned dry vaginal skin on the outer vulvovaginal
lips of the vagina, not the interior of the vagina.



4.
Vitamin A


A 2011 Brazilian study carried out at Federal University of
Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS), found that low does of Vitamin
A can be effective in the reduction of menopausal symptoms
like vaginal dryness.

The study found that Vitamin A increased the body’s levels
of antioxidants and the lubrication of the vagina’s mucus
membranes. (Read more about
Vitamin A deficiency and the
foods that help).

Foods rich in Vitamin A include meats, especially organ meats
such as liver eggs.



5.
Pycnogenol


A 2007 Taiwanese study carried out at Ham-Ming Hospital
revealed that French maritime pine bark extract
(Pycnogenol) helped relieve, in both frequency and severity,
all symptoms of menopause from hot sweats to vaginal
dryness. The study included 200 peri-menopausal women
who were treated with Pycnogenol (200mg) daily.



6.
Probiotic Acidophilus


A 2006 German study carried out by Eberhard Karls
University found that probiotic bacteria can help reduce the
symptoms of vaginal candidiasis. Probiotics like Lactobacilli
and Bifidobacteria work to inhibit the growth of the candida
fungus.



7.
Gingko Biloba


A Brazilian study published in 2010 by Universidade Federal
de São Paulo-Departamento de Psicobiologia concluded that
Gingko Biloba could be useful as a complementary and/or
alternative remedy for various types of female sexual
dysfunction (FSD) like dryness but that further studies are
required to uncover its exact efficacy and safety levels.



8.
Try To Relax


A 2006 German study undertaken at the University of
Bamberg found that stress is one of the main causes of
recurrent vulvovaginal candidosis and its symptoms such as
vaginal dryness in a study carried out on 309 patients. A
2008 study undertaken at Pennsylvania’s Thomas Jefferson
University recommended relaxation techniques as a way of
reducing the symptoms of menopause.



9.
Regular Exercise


The same 2008 Thomas Jefferson University study set out
that regular physical activity is important in reducing the
overall symptoms of menopause, including vaginal dryness.
In particular, exercise increases blood circulation and
oxygenation which help promote a healthy vagina and
strengthen its walls. (Read more about
exercises and diets
that help you lose weight after menopause.)



10.
Drink More Water


A 2006 study carried out at Ohio’s Winton Hill Technical
Center explained that hydration of the tissues around the
vagina decreases post menopause. As a result, it is important
to drink 6-8 glasses of water daily to prevent these reduced
hydration levels from leading to uncomfortable dryness and
irritation. (Read more about
how much water you should
drink and why.)















































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