You may not be aware of it, but a vaginal moisturizer may be essential to your wellness if you’re navigating your way through perimenopause or menopause. We’ve written about vaginal dryness before – a condition that affects more than 50% of women over the age of 50.
Vaginal dryness and its associated symptoms can have a significant negative impact on your quality of life. But, because it’s not talked about much, you may not even be aware of the symptoms caused by vaginal dryness. It’s still considered a hush-hush topic by many, but, we’re here to change that! Find out how to tell if a vaginal moisturizer can help you to manage your symptoms, feel better and embrace life again.
More Than Lip Service Vaginal Moisturizer is a hormone-free moisturizer that gives you fast, effective, hormone-free relief from vaginal dryness and its symptoms. Formulated by our pharmacist owner, it allows you to embrace life again!
What Causes Vaginal Dryness?
Vaginal dryness isn’t experienced by women in menopause only—it’s a condition that can be experienced by any women, at any point in her life. It’s usually associated with a drop in estrogen, the hormone that helps to keep vaginal and vulvar tissue healthy with lubrication, elasticity and the right acidic pH. You may experience a drop in estrogen for several reasons including:
- Cigarette smoking, or
Some medications like anti-estrogen pills, allergy and cold medicines, oral contraceptives and some anti-depressants can also cause estrogen levels to drop. Perfumed soaps and washes, douches and certain medical conditions like Sjogren’s syndrome and some immune disorders can also contribute to dryness.
Is Vaginal Dryness Normal? Here are the Symptoms
Vaginal dryness can be quite uncomfortable, leading to soreness or itching in and around your vagina and vulva; pain or discomfort during sex; a more frequent need to pee. It can also lead to recurring urinary tract infections (UTIs). Last of all, it can have a serious impact on your desire to engage in sexual activity, which can impact your relationship.
Unlike many menopausal symptoms like hot flashes and night sweats, vaginal dryness isn’t something that goes away. And that’s because physical changes in the vagina make it a long-lasting condition. While many women view it as part of aging and just put up with it, help is available. Make sure you get it if you need it.
How Can I Increase My Natural Lubrication? Here’s How a Vaginal Moisturizer May Help
Although so many women experience vaginal dryness, it’s thought that more than 90% don’t seek help to manage their symptoms, despite there being several ways to treat the condition. Your choice of treatment depends on your personal preference and what makes most sense for you:
- Vaginal Lubricant. This can help to reduce the discomfort that occurs during sexual activity when the vagina is dry. It works similarly to natural lubrication and helps to decrease friction during intercourse. A vaginal lubricant is designed to be used on an as needed basis.
- Vaginal Moisturizer. A moisturizer like our More Than Lip Service provides longer term relief than a lubricant and should be used regularly (several times a week) to keep the vulva and/or vagina moisturized. You can use it internally or externally, depending on your symptoms and need. Studies have shown that moisturizers containing a combination of hyaluronic acid and vitamin e (as in More Than Lip Service) provide as much relief as hormonal treatments, but without the potential for side effects associated with hormone use.
- Hormone Therapy. If you’re interested in exploring prescription options, your doctor can guide you through the choices available. You can choose from creams, rings, patches or pills. Don’t ignore vaginal dryness, especially if it’s interfering with your quality of life. Help is available so make sure you seek it out if you need it.