Vaginal dryness is a sign of aging in women. Most women, between the ages of 40 and 60, experience vaginal dryness or stiffness in the vagina. This is the condition when the estrogen hormone that lubricates the vagina with a thin clear fluid decreases and causes the skin to become thinner and loose its elasticity. The condition is called vaginal atrophy.
Menopause is the single big reason for this condtion. Other reasons could be pregnancy, childbirth and breastfeeding. Chemotherapy or radiation done for cancer also dehydrates the body.
Removing of ovaries that secrete estrogen and urinary tract infections could be other reasons for vaginal dryness. Still more reasons could be medications used for treatment of uterine fibroids or benign lumps that dry up the estrogen and use of antidepressants taken during stress.
It also occurs when the glands that make tears and saliva are damaged. This is called Sjoren’s syndrome, which results in great discomfort and itching.
Douching or washing the vagina for contraceptive reasons could also cause vaginal dryness and can be painful while lovemaking or sexual intercourse. The results are redness or burning sensation. Cigarette smoking is another culprit, which makes the skin dull and results in the body getting dehydrated, thus resulting in vaginal dryness.
There are some very economical and effective home remedies for vaginal dryness and it is advisable for any female suffering from this condition to try out these remedies.
One of the first and the simplest home remedies is to keep the body hydrated by drinking a lot of water, at least 8-10 glasses during the day.
Vitamin E is excellent for the skin. It is used in many cosmetics for anti aging and radiance of the skin. It can be applied externally or consumed in foods or as pills to moisten the vagina and make it elastic.
All undergarments should be of cotton only, as this allows the air to pass through and prevents any irritation in the vagina.
Bubble baths should be strictly avoided, as the chemicals in the soaps tend to dry up the vagina and cause discomfort.
Most grandmothers suggest saffron as one of the best home remedies for vaginal dryness. About 3-4 strands of saffron can be boiled in milk and the lukewarm milk can then be consumed. Saffron produces heat in the body and this will moisten the vagina lessening the dryness.
If infection too occurs along with vaginal dryness, applying tea tree oil in the vagina can treat it.
Turmeric too has many healing properties and a paste can be prepared by mixing it with milk and applying it locally to get relief both from infection and dryness.
Milk and aloe gel can be mixed and the solution can be applied to the vagina for relief from vaginal dryness, as this will lubricate the vaginal walls.
Grounded flax seeds are rich in calories and fiber and can be consumed or added to the food for nutrition. Alternately flax seed oil too can be consumed, as it helps in estrogen activity in the vagina of the woman.