In addition to being painful or uncomfortable, the condition can lead to health complications, such as sexual dysfunction, low libido, or reproductive issues.
In this guide, we’ll discuss the possible causes of vaginal dryness and how what you can do to alleviate your symptoms.
What Causes 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, causing 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 gynecological disorders like fibroids and endometriosis, antidepressants, and anti-allergy medicines. Women with diabetes also experience the symptoms of vaginal dryness.
Vaginal dryness, according to TCM
According to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), Kidney Deficiency and Liver Qi Stagnation cause vaginal dryness.
As TCM Physician
Tips 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.
Here are some of the remedies you can try:
Use natural skin care products
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
Space your pregnancies farther apart
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 revitalize your body and regain nutrition after a pregnancy.
Check your prescriptions
If you are on any medication, consult your doctor to check if that might be causing vaginal dryness. Your doctor may change your prescriptions and offer some vaginal lubricants.
Topical estrogen or gels
Your doctor may prescribe topical estrogen cream if you are menopausal. In younger women, vaginal lubricant gels may help.
Adjust your diet
A healthy diet goes a long way in maintaining body balance. Physician Anita Pee advises goji berries and lily bulbs to replenish Yin in the body, which can help reduce vaginal dryness.
A porridge made from goji berries and rice can be a nourishing and healthy meal.
Physician Anita Pee says, “Replenishing Kidney essence, Yin and Blood in the body, and soothing Liver Qi are key to relieving vaginal dryness.”
She recommends well-known TCM formulas such as Kidney Yin Tonic (Liu Wei Di Huang Wan) and Two-Solstice Pill (Er Zhi Wan) to nourish the Kidneys and J
If your vaginal dryness is caused by low levels of estrogen, then Menoease Pills may help. They are also suitable for alleviating other symptoms of menopause, such as hot flashes, mood swings, and insomnia.
Acupuncture and accupressure
TCM physicians also recommend acupuncture at specific points to boost the Kidney Yin, strengthen the Qi and Blood in the body and soothe Liver Qi.
You can perform this acupressure massage at home to get relief. Massage the acupoint San yin jiao (SP6) with moderate pressure for 3-5 minutes a few times a day.
This point is situated four finger-widths above the inner ankle, behind the tibia. A massage can tonify Yin and Blood at this location and is useful for dryness and other menopausal symptoms. Do not do this massage if you are pregnant.
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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