Menopause is not a disease, but when you’re experiencing female dryness and dyspareunia (painful sex) it might feel that way. The decline in estrogen many women experience during and after menopause can cause inflammation of the vaginal walls and/or vaginal atrophy.
Doctors will often recommend hormone replacement therapy (HRT), and millions have decided on that treatment for female dryness and dyspareunia. However, the controversy surrounding HRT continues, leaving some women looking for natural cures to revitalize their vaginas, cure female dryness and combat dyspareunia.
Vonnie Kennedy, writing for EmpowHER, found several natural solutions that may help combat female dryness and dyspareunia.
- Vitamin E – Crack open a vitamin E capsule and apply the oil directly in the vagina to increase lubrication, soothe your vaginal lining, and hydrate vaginal membranes.
- Vitamin C – Adding 500 to 1,000 mg of vitamin C to your daily vitamins may help protect the vaginal lining.
- Zinc – Zinc, taken as a daily lozenge, provides immune support and is thought to revive vaginal tissue. It’s vital not not take too much, however. If you get too much zinc, it could result in a condition called zinc toxicity. The recommended daily zinc intake for adults is between 9 and 11 mg. According to the National Institutes of Health, zinc toxicity starts at between 35 and 40 mg daily.
- Olive oil – Olive oil is remarkably close to a woman’s natural lubricant. It’s rich in squalane, a natural hydrocarbon and triterpene derived from a variety of plant and animal sources. Squalane is also a component of human sebum and a natural emollient that penetrates skin without leaving behind a greasy film.
- Stop smoking – If you haven’t decided to stop smoking for other reasons, maybe this fact will help push you over the edge: Smoking makes female dryness worse. Smoking cigarettes impairs blood circulation–depriving your vagina of oxygen–and causing female dryness and exacerbating atrophy.
- Strengthen your pelvic floor – Kegel exercises target the muscles of the pelvic floor that support the rectum, vagina, and the urethra in the pelvis. Not only do Kegels lead to a better sex life, they also strengthen your pelvic floor providing better urine control and fewer urgent trips to the bathroom.