Vaginal dryness is one of the most common symptoms of menopause. In fact, some studies report that 40-60% of women develop this during their transition.
This can put a strain on a relationship. It also affects a woman’s self-esteem. Fortunately, women can find a treatment fit for them. This will help restore their physical and emotional well-being. Let’s explore some options that my clients and I have found helpful.
The link between menopause and your vulva/vagina involves hormones. Of course! Lucky for you hormones and menopause are two of my favorite subjects.
Perimenopause, which are the changes your body experiences before menopause. Perimenopause can start as early as your late thirties. It marks the onset of when your ovaries' stop producing estrogen. By the time you reach menopause (average age is 51), your ovaries stop producing estrogen completely.
Up until this time estrogen has been responsible for lubricating the vagina. Maintaining its elasticity, and keeping you, well, juicy and sexy.
Estrogen has kept the vaginal walls lubed up. As levels of estrogen start to dip you may feel drier than a cactus in the desert. Physically, the tissue of the vulva and vagina becomes thinner and more delicate. The vagina becomes less elastic. The pH of the vagina becomes less acidic returning to pre-puberty levels. This results in painful sex, discomfort, and dryness.
There are several non-prescription ways to help balance estrogen and improve vaginal health.
Flaxseed and pumpkin seeds help the body balance estrogen. Toss one tablespoon each of ground flaxseed and pumpkin seed--I recommend GO RAW brand--in your smoothie each morning. Or sprinkle them on a salad or steamed veggies for dinner. These foods carry substances called phytoestrogens that help the body create estrogen naturally.
Learn more about balancing hormones with food by joining my 14-Day Hormone Balance Detox Program on July 16. Register for it here.
Regular exercise is beneficial for those suffering vaginal dryness. It boosts blood circulation and maintains hormonal balance. It also stimulates activity in the adrenal glands to promote the production of estrogen. Experts recommend regular aerobic workouts. Like swimming and running or low-intensity activities like yoga. You should also avoid doing irregular high-impact exercises these may only worsen the condition. A 2013 study reports that pelvic floor muscle relaxation exercises performed twice daily had an efficiency rating of 92%.
I highly recommend Julva from Dr. Anna Cabeca. Yes, it rhymes with Vulva! I have personally used this when I was at my wits end on what to do for painful sex. This magic cream really did help. I encourage you to try Julva. It has DHEA, a vaginal restorative nutrient in it. Julva improves vulvar/vaginal integrity, skin elasticity, and overall health, increased collagen production, supports your body’s natural inflammatory response, and protects you from free radicals that increase the aging process. Click here to get a trial pack.
Many essential oils have hormone restorative properties. Some of my favorites are Rose Otto, Neroli, Jasmine, Geranium, Clary Sage, and Lavender. In my upcoming book, Aromatherapy for Menopause Success: 100 essential oil recipes to reclaim your vibrancy, I will be sharing my experiences. I was able to use aromatic plant medicine to help with hormone balance. I hope my story and recipes can help you during this transitional time.
This recipe can be used daily or several times a week as a vulvar/vaginal moisturizer to help reduce symptoms like dryness, itching, burning, and irritation. Rose and Neroli essential oils are very nourishing to the tissues and evoke the feminine with natural hormone balancing properties.
There are more tips and recipes in my five-part video series Aromatherapy: Your Gateway to Happy Hormones. Get the series here for just $29.95.