Even with the uninhibited freedom we have today to talk about once deemed uncomfortable and forbidden topics, we may still blush or feel ashamed to discuss intimate issues, even though we shouldn’t. One of those issues is vaginal dryness. Not a sexy subject by any means, but it’s one that negatively affects over 20 million women.
With vaginal dryness affecting so many women, including my mom and myself, learning what causes this condition and finding effective treatments is important and needs to be discussed.
Causes of Vaginal Dryness
Hormonal changes are the cause of most vaginal dryness conditions. Thinning of the lining of the vagina resulting in vaginal dryness is very common as women age, but can occur before, during and after menopause. But, it isn’t just a menopause issue. Women of all ages can experience it at some time in their life, and there are many potential causes of vaginal dryness, including:
*Certain medications (like antihistamines and birth control pills)
*Post-natal hormone shifts
*Chemo and radiation
*Irritants – dyes, perfumes
*Some autoimmune disorders
Symptoms & Treatment
Any burning, itching, pain or discomfort in the vaginal area should encourage a visit to your doctor or gynecologist. Painful intercourse, swelling and discoloured and slightly smelly discharge are also symptoms of vaginal dryness. I know I was a little embarrassed to share some of these symptoms with my doctor, but they are warning signs that something is not right with your body. Did you know that only a quarter of women actually seek treatment? It’s best to talk to your health care provider and get a diagnosis with advice on treatment. The good news is that there is an excellent line of discreet products on the market that will alleviate these symptoms, enter Vagisil.
The Vagisil ProHydrate Natural Feel Moisturizing Gel is naturally moisturizing so it effectively relieves vaginal dryness anytime and makes intimacy more comfortable. It’s fast-acting, provides long-lasting continuous comfort, and can be used every 3 days.
The unique bio-adherent formula coats the vaginal wall to provide dryness relief instantly, then slowly releases moisture over time. Vaginal dryness treatments with a unique blend of moisturizers, including Hyaluronic Acid (HA’s)—a naturally occurring hydrator found in skin, which feels like your own natural moisture—will be effective. A tiny amount of Hyaluronic Acid holds up to 1000 times its weight in water and it naturally attracts and retains moisture. As we age, the percentage of Hyaluronic Acid in our skin decreases, which can lead to dryness and fragility.
One of my big concerns is the unhealthy chemical ingredients in so many over the counter and prescription products. But I feel confident using Vagisil products because they don’t have any estrogen, perfumes, preservatives or dyes. So, I’m not adding any toxins that my body will have to deal with. Plus, I like how effortless and discreet this product is to use; the convenient single-use pre-filled applicator inserts effortless and targets the source of dryness. It is designed to be discreet, so only you know you’re using it.
One other point I also want to mention is that the Vagisil ProHydrate Natural Feel Moisturizing Gel is much nicer to use compared to some runny brands. These other brands don’t remedy the discomfort and end up staining your clothing. Now that is embarrassing!
Another great product is the Vagisil pH Balance Feminine Wash, it’s hypoallergenic and contains LactoPrebiotic, which supports healthy skin, and is perfect for sensitive skin. It will help maintain a healthy pH balance to fortify our bodies natural defenses. Including this feminine wash as part of your bathing regime is important for your vaginal health.
The Vagisil Extra Strength Creme relieves even the most painful, burning itch fast. It forms a protective barrier over delicate intimate skin to help reduce the chance of further irritation to provide long-lasting comfort. No wonder more women trust it. For added confidence, it also contains patented Odour Controlling Protection to help stop odour before it starts.
I also love the delicate scent of all their products—it’s light and makes you feel fresh. I can only share that if you suffer from vaginal dryness, reaching for Vagisil products is a positive step.
This post was sponsored by Vagisil, but the opinions are my own.