Unlike what one might think, vaginal dryness can affect women at different stages of life, both in childbearing age and in menopause, since it derives from causes of a heterogeneous nature.
The vaginal mucosa, in regular health conditions, is slightly acidic, elastic and maintains a good level of hydration of the vaginal environment.
Vaginal dryness affects more than half of women with the onset of menopause and about 17% of women between 18 and 50. This phenomenon is often accompanied by the thinning of the vaginal mucosa which becomes, consequently, more easily damaged, exposing the woman to the risk of micro-lesions during sexual intercourse and to the risk of infections.
Vaginal dryness not only impacts on sexual life but can create discomfort and discomfort even in movement and daily activities.
Despite the large number of women experiencing problems related to vaginal dryness, this condition remains, for the most part, a silent problem. The embarrassment caused by the argument inhibits dialogue with the partner or even the doctor. Only a quarter of women actually seek a solution.
Causes, Symptoms and Consequences
Over time, the woman undergoes the alteration of hormonal levels with a physiological decline in estrogen. The lack of the latter is the primary cause of vaginal dryness. Even years before the onset of menopause, the level of estrogen can fluctuate or decrease, causing dryness, inadequate lubrication and vaginal atrophy (thinning, weakening and inflammation of the vaginal walls).
Symptoms may include itching or stinging in the vaginal area, burning, pain, and small bleeding during intercourse. The onset of vaginal dryness can cause local infections or infections of the lower urinary tract.
- Anxiety, stress and extreme emotional circumstances
Psychological factors can also alter the normal health of the vaginal mucosa causing dryness and atrophy. In addition, in stressful moments the flow of blood that conveys into the vagina is insufficient, reducing regular lubrication and, in some cases, inhibiting it. Sexual intercourse becomes difficult, frustrating and unwanted.
- Pregnancy and breastfeeding
During pregnancy and after childbirth, the woman is subject to a fluctuation in hormonal levels. Normal acidity levels in the vagina can decrease along with the level of estrogen.
Antihistamines, anticholinergic drugs, and low estrogen oral contraceptives can reduce mucous secretions, including vaginal lubrication.
- Oncological therapies
A variety of cancer therapies, including chemotherapy, radiotherapy, and cancer surgery can reduce the level of estrogen and hormones in general. In particular, when radiation therapy focuses on the pelvic area, it hinders blood flow, reduces estrogen, and reduces lubrication.
What you can do: Direct Nature Remedies
1) Drink lots of water, to ensure that the body is well hydrated, and follow a balanced diet.
2) Be cautious in using harsh detergents, substances containing allergens such as dyes and perfumes.
3) Exercise to increase energy and oxygenation in the body.
4) Use hoc products.
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