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January 27, 2009

Vaginal Dryness

Vaginal dryness is one of the symptoms of menopause but did you also know if can also manifest as a result of diabetes?  Vaginal dryness can also be caused by a chemical allergy to certain soaps, hygiene products, perfume and dyes.

As we age, it becomes even more important to take care of our genitals to help guard against further irritation or complications from the initial dryness. Here are some helpful tips on how to manage vaginal dryness:

Use mild materials when washing
As what has been mentioned above, the most commonly reported cause of vaginal dryness is the use of harsh vaginal wash. If this is the exact reason for your genital dryness, changing to a milder wash can help relieve the dryness. Using plain, warm water can also help restore moisture.

Use water-based lubricants
If vaginal dryness is interfering with your sex life, using water-based lubricants can increase vaginal comfort. It is important to note that you need to make sure that the lubricant is water-based, water-soluble, and contains just the right pH balance that is equal to that of normal body fluid. Note that the pH balance helps prevent the growth of harmful microorganisms such as yeast.

Use moisturizing creams
Although mild vaginal wash helps keep the vagina clean and lubricants help during intercourse, using a mild, formulated vaginal moisturizing cream will help improve the health of vaginal tissues and moisturize the vagina for a longer time. Some formulas help replenish declining estrogen levels in menopausal women. These creams are applied two to three times a week at equally spaced intervals.  According to my good friend Pam Archer, Vitamin E creams work very well.

Vaginal dryness can be a serious issue if not addressed openly and honestly with your partner.

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9 Comments »

  1. Hi Bev and Pam,
    Are the vitamin E cremes prescription only or can anyone buy them? And if so, which stores and do you have any specific brands?
    Thanks for your help.
    Sheri

    Comment by Sheri Goddard — January 27, 2009 @ 11:41 pm | Reply

  2. Sheri,

    You can purchase Vitamin E cream over the counter at Wal-Mart, Target, any drug store. Pure Vit. E. cream is the best, no particular brand.

    Pam

    Comment by Archer Pam — January 28, 2009 @ 1:11 am | Reply

  3. Bev,

    I should add that I had a bladder infection for 3 years. Antibiotics wouldn’t get rid of it, and they couldn’t figure a cause. It was during the time that I was researching the toxins we put into our bodies through our personal care products like shampoo, make-up, deodorant, etc. I purchased some natural soaps from http://www.thistleridgesoap.com. Would you believe that my infection went away! Just to test my discovery, I started using the other body wash, Caress, and the infection came back! No more body washes for me, only natural products. I think I’ll blog about them.

    Comment by Archer Pam — January 28, 2009 @ 1:15 am | Reply

  4. Pam,

    This is great and very useful information. There’s so much out here that we still have to learn as it relates to our aging bodies but by engaging in dialogues like this and sharing information, we can continue to educate ourselves. Thanks for the tip!

    Comment by Beverly Mahone — January 28, 2009 @ 1:20 am | Reply

  5. Hi Ladies,
    Thanks for the feedback re: Vitamin E creme.
    Being an Esthetician for 20 years before, I was always looking for pure products that did not test on animals or have animal ingredients in them. I have learned many of the products we tend to use and most pet foods (if we don’t educate ourselves) contain ingredients from rendering plants. If you Google rendering plants, you will be amazed at what goes into most commercial products. Good for you Pam for finding something out your problem.
    I have been using Reviva Labs products (been around 30 yrs or so-never tested on animals) and seem to be very effective. They are even very reasonable. If you go to http://www.vitacost.com/BathBeauty you can order for Reviva at a discount.
    Let me know if I can help.
    Have a great day.

    Comment by Sheri Goddard — January 30, 2009 @ 7:53 pm | Reply

  6. Bev, I apologize for mentioning a skin care brand. I am not affiliated with them, I only purchase from them for myself.
    I was very happy to find a reasonable skin care that has great ingredients. I am new to this and just trying to help women.
    Sincerely, Sheri

    Comment by Sheri Goddard — February 4, 2009 @ 2:01 am | Reply

  7. Saw a show about the relationship between proper amount of sleep and weight gain. Interesting studies show if women can get 7.5 hours of sleep every night, then it will affect them to make smarter choices during the day, have more energy and focus. When we don’t get enough sleep, we crave fats and carbs and will try to fill our bodies with anything (junk food) that will give us more energy. Most women get 6 hrs of sleep on average.
    Tips: go to bed at same time every night, no caffeine after 2:30pm, get 7 and a half hrs. of sleep every night, don’t have any alcohol less than 3 hrs. before going to bed.

    Comment by Sheri Goddard — February 9, 2009 @ 10:46 pm | Reply

  8. Hi, I was going to try the Vitamin E for vaginal dryness, (and before I got some) while talking to my sister who experienced this years ago, sent me to a site that sells some wonderful products. When women experience hormone imbalance the delicate skin of the vulva area can become thin, dry and irritated. VitalVulva is designed specifically to promote healing and protect this very sensitive area. This soothing salve will relieve painful vaginal dryness and support the thickening of vaginal tissue. It is a wonderful lubricant and safe to use during intercourse. Go to http://www.moonmaidbotanicals.com/products.htm. It is called VitalVulva creme. It may cost a little more but I am very happy with the results. Hope you will try it.

    Comment by Sheri Goddard — February 25, 2009 @ 9:41 pm | Reply

  9. Hey, cool tips. I’ll buy a glass of beer to the man from that chat who told me to go to your blog 🙂

    Comment by Heartburn Home Remedy — April 15, 2009 @ 11:56 am | Reply


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