Vaginal dryness is a very common complaint, yet it’s less often talked about. One of the most common symptoms is pain during sex, called dyspareunia in medical lingo (dis – pare – ooh – nee – ah). Vaginal dryness can also cause itching, discomfort, and increased risk of infection.
Why? If the tissue that lines your vaginal canal is dry, it becomes more fragile and less flexible. This can indicate decreased circulation to the area, hormonal changes, aging or a variety of other factors. Many factors can contribute to vaginal dryness, so see your doctor to discuss your individual health.
If you use lubricant to ease the dryness during sex, take a look at the package. Most commercial lubricants contain ingredients that are synthetic, chemical, and/or preservatives – not to mention artificial fragrances. When these substances come into contact with the dry tissue of your vagina, they are easily absorbed into the tissue and thus into your body. This is generally not ideal for health nor for supporting your vaginal tissue. If you have increased sensitivities, an autoimmune condition or other chronic health concern, it’s a good idea to steer clear of most commercial lubricants.
Natural alternatives include food-grade organic oils to which you know you are not sensitive. There are also consciously-crafted products that can support the health of your vaginal tissue. In addition, other therapies may be helpful, such as supporting your hormonal health or gentle massage to stimulate circulation. See your naturopathic physician to learn more about what may be right for you.
Of course, the female body naturally produces vaginal lubrication in response to sexual stimulation and intimacy. If you’re not feeling aroused prior to sex, this is an important area to address on an individual basis – talk with your partner, doctor or other healthcare provider.
Cheers to your passion!
May you be well.
The information provided here is not intended to replace medical advice or to treat or diagnose any medical condition. Please consult your doctor with specific questions and prior to beginning any significant diet or lifestyle changes.