Vaginal dryness 一 a common condition that many women experience at some point in their lives 一 can be caused by various factors, including hormonal changes, certain medications, stress, childbirth, breastfeeding, and menopause.
While it may be an uncomfortable and distressing issue, it’s treatable. Dr. Essam Taymour encourages you to visit Gynecology and Obstetrics Medical Group in Long Beach, California, to pinpoint the source of your dryness and formulate a plan to find relief.
In the meantime, there are several hacks you can try to alleviate vaginal dryness and improve your overall comfort.
One of the simplest and most effective ways to combat vaginal dryness is to drink enough water each day. This helps keep your body hydrated, including your vaginal tissues. Aim for at least eight glasses of water per day, and increase your intake when it’s hot out or if you engage in intense physical activity.
Here are some tips to help you drink enough water each day:
- Always carry a water bottle
- Track your intake with an app, or set reminders on your phone
- Infuse your water with slices of citrus fruit, cucumber slices, mint leaves, or berries
- Drink before meals
- Sip on herbal tea
Even if drinking water doesn’t completely eliminate vaginal dryness, the rest of your body will thank you for the hydration!
Using a high-quality lubricant during sexual activity can significantly alleviate vaginal dryness. Be sure to choose a product that’s free of harsh chemicals and additives. Apply the lubricant generously to enhance comfort and reduce friction during intercourse.
If you’re using condoms, however, be cautious of using an oil-based lubricant as that can make the condom weaken or tear.
Try vaginal moisturizers
In addition to using lubricants during sexual activity, incorporating a vaginal moisturizer into your daily routine can provide ongoing relief from vaginal dryness.
Vaginal moisturizers are designed to restore and maintain moisture levels, providing long-term comfort. Look for products that are fragrance-free, hypoallergenic, and specifically formulated for vaginal use.
Avoid irritants, and opt for cotton underwear
Certain products and substances can further irritate your genitals and worsen vaginal dryness. Avoid using harsh soaps, scented feminine hygiene products, douches, and perfumed toilet paper. These products can disrupt the natural pH balance of the vagina and lead to increased dryness and irritation.
Opt for mild, unscented cleansers, and wear cotton underwear to promote proper airflow and minimize irritation.
Regular physical activity not only promotes overall well-being but can also improve vaginal health. Exercise increases blood flow to the pelvic area, which can help enhance vaginal moisture and reduce dryness. Engage in activities like walking, swimming, yoga, or cycling to promote circulation and support vaginal health.
Communicate with your partner
Open and honest communication with your partner about vaginal dryness is essential. Discussing your concerns can help alleviate anxiety and ensure that both partners understand the situation. Your partner can also assist by being patient, using additional lubrication, and engaging in extended foreplay to increase natural lubrication.
When at-home remedies aren’t enough …
For vaginal dryness conditions causing frequent discomfort, several treatment options are available at Gynecology and Obstetrics Medical Group. This includes the innovative MonaLisa Touch® procedure, a type of vaginal rejuvenation that involves using a vaginal probe to deliver laser energy to your vaginal wall and improve overall vaginal health.
We also offer treatments containing low-dose hormones — such as vaginal estrogen cream, the estrogen ring, or tablets — that can help replenish moisture and restore vaginal health. These treatments work by delivering hormones directly to the vaginal area, addressing the underlying cause of dryness.
Moisturizing lotions or creams are also available, which you can apply topically to replenish moisture and provide lubrication during intercourse.
For women experiencing vaginal dryness due to menopause, hormone replacement therapy (HRT) is another potential solution. HRT involves replacing declining levels of estrogen in the body with synthetic hormones, which can help alleviate menopausal symptoms including dryness.
We’re happy to help
Vaginal dryness is a common condition that can cause discomfort and affect your quality of life. Try incorporating our favorite hacks into your daily routine, but if your symptoms persist or worsen, don’t hesitate to reach out to us.
At Gynecology and Obstetrics Medical Group, our team is dedicated to providing personalized care and finding the most effective solution for your vaginal health concerns. Schedule a consultation to explore the treatments available and regain your comfort and well-being.