During menopause, the ovaries stop producing estrogen. Although this estrogen loss changes a woman’s body in various ways, among the most obvious and difficult is lack of vaginal lubrication. Vaginal dryness makes sex uncomfortable or even impossible.
Over-the-counter lubricants can help, but there are home remedies which can help you body deal with the loss of hormones and subsequent moisture loss.
A diet rich in omega-3 fatty acids can help combat vaginal dryness from the inside out, as these essential fatty acids help boost estrogen levels. Foods rich in omega-3 fatty acid include:
Hydration is critical for overall health and for keeping skin looking youthfully plumped up. It is also necessary to combat vaginal dryness. Try to drink several glasses of water daily.
Regular use of natural oils in the vagina can reduce or eliminate vaginal dryness. Coconut oil works very well, as does pure aloe, honey Sylk, jojoba, or olive oils also.
If you take vitamin E supplements, they can provide double duty. Take a vitamin E gel cap daily for its antioxidant properties, and use another gel cap as a suppository for reduce vaginal dryness.
Diluted pure honey is another effective natural remedy, but dilution is the operative term. Place one teaspoon of honey into one cup of water and mix well. Apply the solution to your vagina daily and then wash off with warm water.
Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy offers natural relief for vaginal dryness. It increases moisture and thickens the vaginal lining. Bioidentical hormones, derived from plant sources, are identical on the molecular level to the natural hormones your body formerly produced.
In addition to vaginal dryness, bioidentical hormone replacement therapy eliminates other menopausal side effects, such as hot flashes, insomnia and night sweats. Therapy is custom-tailored to each patient’s needs.
If you suffer from vaginal dryness and would like to learn more about how bioidentical hormone replacement therapy can help, call the offices of Dr. Edward Jacobson today and arrange a consultation.