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Does Vaginal Dryness Ever Improve in Menopause?

· Health, Menopause · No Comments

Sadly, not really.

In menopause, your blood levels of estrogen fall which leads to less estrogen in the tissues of the vagina. This is the main source for vaginal dryness during menopause. So what can you do?

Regular sexual activity is one of the best options. Sexual activity increases blood flow to the tissues of the vagina, which helps prevent dryness and atrophy. Using a lubricant can help with discomfort due to dryness during sex.

Sometimes the popular lubricants like KY Jelly and Astroglide are less effective as a woman ages, so switching to a silicone based lubricant or an oil based lubricant can be more effective. Coconut Oil and regular Crisco are popular and effective lubricants during menopause. Try putting some in a small Tupperware container and keeping it next to your bed or in the bathroom.

Vaginal moisturizers like Replens can offer some temporary relief for vaginal dryness, but don’t offer much help long-term. Prescription vaginal estrogen cream is available and for some women, can completely reverse vaginal dryness.

Talk to your doctor for more information.

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