Is vaginal dryness causing your sore, itchy, burning vagina? Your first reaction may be embarrassment or shame; however, it doesn’t have to be. And, the faster you get it out in the open, the quicker you will get to a solution.
Somewhere along the way, the world taught you to believe vaginal dryness is a problem that is yours alone, and you need to hide it and suffer through it. However, the truth is your dryness is common, and there are many ways to treat it.
So, let’s talk about three myths surrounding this condition so you can skip the embarrassment and jump straight to the solution.
MYTH #1: Other women don’t have this problem.
You are not alone. And, the discomfort is common and often accompanied by:
- Burning sensation during or after intercourse
Many Women Experience Dryness
~17% of women under 40 experience vaginal dryness. While ~50% of women over 40 experience the same. Why?
Low Estrogen Levels
Estrogen promotes blood flow and ensures the cells of the vagina are plump and oxygenated. As estrogen decreases, the blood flow is not as robust, which causes cells to shrink and dryness to occur.
MYTH #2: I can’t do anything about vaginal dryness.
There’s a lot you can do to alleviate vaginal dryness discomfort.
What Treatments Are Available?
- Simple home remedies
- Over the counter treatments
- Prescribed hormone therapies
You can do a few simple things at home to make sure you are properly hydrating, such as:
- Not washing your vulva with harsh products like soap or body wash.
- Washing your underwear with detergent free of dyes or scents.
- Using undyed, unscented toilet paper.
- Using a high-quality, water-based vaginal moisturizer with hyaluronic acid and vitamin E.
MYTH #3: Talking to my doctor will be too embarrassing
We understand certain topics are initially uncomfortable to discuss with your provider. However, keep in mind your provider is available to assist you with maintaining your physical health.
Vaginal dryness is a common issue for women, so your provider won’t be surprised when you bring up the topic.
Are You Ready for Relief?
You don’t have to put up with the discomfort caused by vaginal dryness. Working with your provider to get to the root cause and treat the underlying problem is your best option.
And not only will it address vaginal dryness, but it can also help with:
If you think a hormone imbalance may be contributing to your vaginal dryness, you may be a candidate for BHRT. Take our quiz to see if BHRT is right for you!
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