Causes of Vaginal Dryness
After menopause, the levels of the female hormone estrogen decrease in the blood, and this hormone is responsible for maintaining blood flow to the vagina. As a result, blood flow to the vagina decreases, resulting in dryness. In younger women, birth control pills or breastfeeding cause changes in the hormonal levels and can cause the symptom. Other medications responsible for vaginal dryness include cancer treatment, certain treatments for gynaecological disorders like fibroids and endometriosis, antidepressants and anti-allergy medicines. Women with diabetes also experience the symptoms of vaginal dryness.
According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, Kidney Deficiency and Liver Qi Stagnation cause vaginal dryness. As TCM Physician Anita Pee explains, “A weak body constitution, multiple pregnancies, strenuous activities, or overexertion deplete young women’s Kidney essence (
Remedies for Managing Vaginal Dryness
If you are suffering from this condition, do not hesitate to seek help. It is a very common problem, and various treatment options are available. In particular, consult your doctor if you have bleeding during sex or between your periods or have unusual vaginal discharge.
Here are some of the remedies you can try:
Avoid harsh soaps or lotions
We all love smelling nice after a shower. But strong and scented soaps and lotions can irritate the delicate lining of the vagina, causing further dryness. It is advisable to stay away from such products. Similarly, douching is also counterproductive. Also, creams and lotions like petroleum jelly can cause infection if inserted inside the vagina.
Avoid closely spaced pregnancies
Pregnancy takes a toll on the mother’s health and nutrition. Hence you have to ensure you give your body enough time to heal and replenish before planning your next pregnancy. Ensure a gap of at least one to two years between pregnancies and get adequate postnatal care to restore your body. Traditional remedies can help revitalise your body and regain nutrition after a pregnancy.
Check your medicines
If you are on any treatment, consult your doctor to check if that might be causing vaginal dryness. Your doctor may change your prescriptions and offer some vaginal lubricants.
Topical oestrogen creams and moisturisers
You may not realise it, but the neighbourhood pharmacy is well equipped to relieve you from vaginal dryness. You may try using topical oestrogen creams available over the counter (
A healthy diet goes a long way in maintaining body balance. Physician Anita Pee advises goji berries and lily bulbs to replenish
Physician Anita Pee says, “Replenishing Kidney essence,
TCM physicians also recommend acupuncture at specific points to boost the kidney yin, strengthen the qi and blood in the body and soothe
You can perform this acupressure massage at home to get relief. Massage the
Vaginal dryness is a very common problem. However, lack of awareness and social taboos cause many women to suffer in silence. Break the barriers today – Seek help from your physician and try these self-help tips.
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