Surely at some point you have felt that sensation of dryness in the lips of the vulva and you did not give it much importance. But this can cause pain during sexual intercourse, expose you to vaginal infections, and even produce ulcers or fissures in the walls of the vagina. So it's not game, let's talk about her!
Vaginal dryness occurs when the tissues of the vagina are not well lubricated and healthy, due to little production of the clear lubricating fluid produced by the lining of the vagina. This unpleasant sensation can be caused by a decrease in estrogen, which is responsible for keeping the tissues in the area lubricated and healthy.
If estrogen levels drop, the tissue shrinks and becomes thinner , causing inflammation and dryness. This often happens during menopause, after childbirth, while you're breastfeeding, and can happen on a few days of your menstrual cycle. Among other causes of decreased estrogen are:
- Intake of drugs or hormones used in the treatment of breast cancer, endometriosis, uterine fibroids or infertility
- Surgery to remove the ovaries
- Radiation therapy to the pelvic area
- Severe stress or depression
Vaginal dryness can also be caused by mistreatment or the use of inappropriate products, such as common soaps, laundry detergents, lotions, perfumes, or showers, which wash away the good bacteria that protect your vagina and unbalance the pH with some of its components. And with the use of tampons and condoms, which make it worse.
SYMPTOMS TO RECOGNIZE IF YOU SUFFER FROM VAGINAL DRYNESS
To know if yours is vaginal dryness, you should pay attention to your body's signals and check if you have the following symptoms:
- Pain, burning, or itching in the vagina
- Pain during sexual intercourse
- Burning when urinating
- Light bleeding after intercourse
- mild vaginal discharge
Keep in mind that you must attend to vaginal dryness when it knocks on your door, because if you delay treatment you can make the situation worse:
- Make you more likely to get vaginal infections caused by bacteria or fungi and other urinary tract infections (UTIs).
- Cause ulcers or fissures in the walls of the vagina.
- Cause pain with sexual intercourse, which can affect your relationship with your partner or spouse. (Talking openly with your partner can help.)
TREATMENT TO ELIMINATE VAGINAL DRYNESS FROM YOUR LIFE
Having multiple causes, there are also a variety of treatments to treat vaginal dryness, so it is important that you do not self-medicate!
The first recommendation is to visit the gynecologist , who is the specialist indicated to make the diagnosis, find the cause of the problem and define the best treatment.
In the physical exam, the doctor will check the condition of the vaginal walls, if they are thin, pale or red . They will also assess your vaginal discharge with you to rule out other causes of the condition. Likewise, they will be able to indicate some tests of the hormonal levels to find out if they have reached the menopause.
Let's review some of the main treatments to relieve vaginal dryness:
USE OF INTIMATE GEL OR WATER-BASED LUBRICANT (water-soluble). Used daily after intimate hygiene and during sexual intercourse, they work very well. This can solve a large percentage of cases of vaginal dryness, along with improving daily hygiene habits.
Ordinary water-based lubricants will moisturize the vaginal opening and lining for a few hours. The good news is that Zenzsual's intimate gel, beyond lubricating, as it contains high concentrations of hyaluronic acid, collaborates with tissue regeneration, helping to recover thickness, the sponge effect and the natural color of the vulva and walls. interior of the vagina.
Zenzsual's Intimate Moisturizing Gel for women is a hormone-free, water-based product, with vegan hyaluronic acid, balanced pH that does not alter that of the genital area, free of parabens, glycerin and not tested on animals. Moisturizes the female genital area due to its high content of hyaluronic acid, and balances the pH to alleviate the symptoms of dryness that can occur at various times in a woman's life, this in turn improves the health of the genital area and decreases the chance of infections that are related to the pH imbalance.
SAY A STRONG "NO" to the introduction into the vagina or vulva of home remedies and products not intended for this purpose, such as Vaseline, oils (mineral or coconut), baking soda, yogurt, chamomile, aloe vera and others that at Not being specially produced for the intimate area or being medically tested, they can affect the natural and necessary balance of that area.
DO NOT USE COMMON SOAPS IN YOUR INTIMATE AREA. Neither lotions , creams, perfumes and showers with fragrance or artificial flavors that can dry out your fabrics more. Instead, use neutral products, such as the Zenzsual cleansing foam , which contains organic cranberry extract, is compatible with the pH of that area, suitable for sensitive skin and provides odor control, without soap or perfumes.
- IN YOUR FOOD. consume more broccoli, red fruits, eliminate sugar and highly processed foods.
IMPROVE YOUR INTIMATE HYGIENE HABITS
In addition to the above treatments, you can avoid vaginal dryness by taking the following precautions into account:
- Drink plenty of water throughout the day.
- Avoid tobacco and alcohol.
- Enjoy a full sexual life, which helps keep the tissues in tune.
- Take care of the bacterial flora of your vagina. Do not use common soap in intimate hygiene, prefer neutral products specially created for your genitals.
In this matter, we recommend one of Zenzsual's nutritional supplements called Zenbiotic, a product that strengthens the local bacterial flora with a formula designed to enhance vaginal health, digestive health, and whole-body immune well-being; because it contains 25 billion CFUs of probiotics, which are good bacteria that coexist in the human body, favoring proper functioning and promoting natural environments that stimulate defense systems against germs that can cause disease.
Most of the time, proper treatment , along with good habits, will alleviate the symptoms of vaginal dryness. If you don't see results, you should go back to your doctor, who will evaluate other options such as estrogen therapy and hormonal therapy, since prescription estrogen can be effective in treating atrophic vaginitis.
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