We’ve already looked at the symptoms and causes of vaginal dryness in previous articles. Now, we want to know what helps ease the symptoms of vaginal dryness. In this article, we look at what women can do to relieve unpleasant dryness in their intimate area.
Effective relief from vaginal dryness – personal lubricants
At pjur med, we always recommend that women who suffer from vaginal dryness use personal lubricants on a daily basis. Doctors and Health Care Professionals also recommend personal lubricants to relieve the unpleasant symptoms of vaginal dryness. Many people already use personal lubricants during sex to help lubricate their intimate area and reduce friction. Based on the same principle, regular application of a personal lubricant can also help relieve the symptoms of vaginal dryness. You can find out more about using personal lubricants in our article: The use of a personal lubricant.
Water-based personal lubricants have a high water content. If used regularly, they supply the skin around your intimate area with the moisture it lacks. Silicone-based personal lubricants contain different ingredients. As the name suggests, a silicone-based personal lubricant contains silicone. Silicone molecules are larger than skin pores so they remain on the surface of the skin and are not absorbed. Regular application of a silicone-based personal lubricant creates a protective film on the skin, which can compensate for the lack of moisture.
Ingredients are important when choosing a personal lubricant. If your vagina and surrounding area is already sensitive, you don’t want to risk any further irritation by applying low-quality products. Our pjur med personal lubricants are extremely kind to the skin – they are dermatologically tested. We also make sure that our personal lubricants are neutral in taste and odor and contain no paraffines, parabens or color additives.
Other ways of relieving the symptoms of vaginal dryness
In addition to regularly using a personal lubricant, the following measures can help relieve the symptoms of vaginal dryness:
Take your time with foreplay: Vaginal dryness is particularly painful during sexual intercourse. So you should spend more time on foreplay. This can promote natural lubrication and help you enjoy intimate time with your partner again.
Wear the right underwear/clothing: Underwear can also have a negative impact on natural lubrication in your intimate area. Synthetic (non-cotton) and also very tight underwear can cause heat to build up in your intimate area and negatively affect your vaginal environment. Tight trousers can also have the same negative effect. Try to avoid these to prevent creating an environment where vaginal dryness can thrive.
Avoid using tampons during menstruation: Tampons are a very hygienic and therefore popular way of dealing with menstruation. However, tampons don’t just absorb discharge during menstruation, they all also soak up important vaginal fluid. Sanitary towels and panty liners ensure that your intimate area retains its natural lubricant while still absorbing menstrual discharge. So if you suffer from vaginal dryness, you might want to give tampons a miss.
Avoid stress: Stress can cause vaginal dryness. So avoid stress wherever possible and try out ways of managing stress. Exercise, in general, can be helpful in combatting vaginal dryness. Yoga, Pilates and other relaxation exercises are also effective.
Regular exercise: We are constantly being advised to take regular exercise. This is also important for maintaining a healthy intimate area. Exercise can strengthen pelvic floor muscles and support blood circulation in the lower abdomen. This can have a positive effect on your intimate area and help prevent vaginal dryness.
Correct intimate hygiene: When it comes to intimate hygiene, we tend to wash ourselves too much. Your intimate area and vaginal flora are acidic. This means that they can protect themselves from bacteria. Excessive cleaning, however, can disrupt your vaginal environment and make it more susceptible to infections and skin irritation, including vaginal dryness. All you really need to do is wash this part of your body with water.
The right contraceptive: Contraceptives that contain hormones can also have a negative impact on a woman’s intimate area. The pill, for example, influences oestrogen levels and can result in insufficient oestrogen being produced. This, in turn, can result in insufficient natural lubrication in the intimate area and an unpleasant itching and burning sensation. Changing contraceptives could help relieve the symptoms of vaginal dryness.
Keep hydrated: The amount of water you drink also influences the balance of moisture in your body. Drinking enough liquid can therefore be crucial for preventing vaginal dryness.
Hormone replacement therapy: This method of relieving vaginal dryness is practically self-explanatory. Women on this treatment receive additional hormones to compensate for a drop in oestrogen levels. This should be used as a last option, however, as there are many other methods available that do not involve hormones. All pjur med personal lubricants, for example, are hormone free.
Reduce excessive smoking and alcohol consumption: Heavy smoking and excessive alcohol consumption have a negative impact on blood vessels. This can also affect a woman’s intimate area. Women should therefore avoid heavy smoking and excessive alcohol consumption.
Balanced diet: A balanced diet impacts our bodies in many different ways, including the wellbeing of our intimate areas. Good fats, plenty of vitamins, fruit, vegetables and whole-wheat products are all recommended as part of a balanced diet.
The different ways of relieving the symptoms of vaginal dryness listed here should help alleviate unpleasant symptoms. However, you should also consult your doctor and tell them you are suffering from a dry vagina to eliminate other causes of vaginal dryness.