Lower levels of estrogen can contribute to the skin on our face and body losing its suppleness and elasticity, but did you know the same thing could happen in the walls of the vagina with the onset of menopause?
Read on for our primer about the causes, symptoms, and treatments for vaginal dryness.
What causes vaginal dryness?
Normally, the walls of the vagina stay moist and lubricated with a thin layer of clear liquid. This barrier coats the walls of the vagina and provides an alkaline environment that sperm need to successfully travel during sexual reproduction. This barrier also serves to lubricate the vaginal wall, thus supporting a comfortable and pleasurable experience during sexual intercourse.
But, the drop in estrogen levels during menopause can reduce the amount of moisture produced in the walls, making the vagina wall thinner and less elastic, which can result in vaginal atrophy. Atrophy is the thinning, drying, and inflammation of the vaginal walls. One of the biggest complaints among menopausal women is specifically dryness.
As many of you know, dryness in the intimate area can be extremely painful. Itching and burning cause frustration and discomfort and intercourse can feel painful. In fact, even riding a bike or jogging can be uncomfortable. Unfortunately, ignoring vaginal dryness in the hopes it will just go away won’t do the trick.
Worry not, there is help out there! We’ve gathered this advice to help you feel better.
1. Reduce Toxins
If you aren’t already on the clean beauty and personal care train, it’s time to hop on. Dermal absorption is one of the fastest pathways to exposure of potentially dangerous ingredients, and genital areas in particular have a 100 percent absorption rate. Not only does what we use on our bodies end up in our bodies, but it can also wreak havoc along the way. The vagina is truly its own ecosystem with a delicate pH balance that is easily upset by things like harsh additives, artificial dyes and fragrances, allergens, and other questionable ingredients commonly found in mainstream beauty and intimate care products.
2. Add Moisture Safely
Thankfully, there’s a safe, effective estrogen-free brand — Kindra, which offers a few paths to vaginal dryness relief. Kindra’s best-selling ph-balanced Daily Vaginal Lotion features an essential blend of feather-light, hydrating extracts and skin-critical vitamins, including coconut oil, sunflower seed oil, and vitamin E. Plus, it includes vitamin B3, known as niacinamide, to support healing the skin-moisture barrier over time. When used daily, the Daily Vaginal Lotion helps dramatically improve dryness in intimate areas. Since it’s pH-balanced, it will deliver pure hydration to where it is needed most without triggering further inflammation. After just one day, 88% of women reported improvement and that number increased as usage continued. The Kindra Lotion comes with an applicator that delivers relief to the opening of the vagina, where many women find the most discomfort. Kindra also makes a daily wellness supplement called the Core Supplement, which includes clinically-tested ingredients shown to improve hydration from the inside out.
3. Nutrition for Vaginal Health
Nutrition is one of the easiest ways to support vaginal dryness naturally and promote vaginal health as a whole. You’ve heard about the benefits of probiotics for gut health, but the active cultures in foods like yogurt and kimchi are great at helping to fend off things like yeast infections and maintaining a healthy pH level. Avocados are another beneficial food. You love it on your morning toast, but the avocado’s healthy fats, potassium, and vitamin B6 are important for enhancing natural lubrication and estrogen levels, not to mention supporting healthier vaginal walls. And then there are good ol’ leafy greens. With their dietary nitrates, trusty veggies help purify the blood and enhance circulation, which can help combat vaginal dryness and increase stimulation. Read more about the top foods for menopause here.
You don’t have to suffer. Menopause is a normal hormonal change that can come with some less than comfortable shifts in your body. Take the Kindra Quiz and discover menopause solutions tailored to your needs.
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