Menopausal dryness is the most common form of vaginal dryness, with 80% of women experiencing the condition.
Menopause Dryness Relief
In order to achieve optimal menopause dryness relief, it is important to understand the causes for this debilitating and very common condition (80% of menopausal women will encounter vaginal dryness!). First up, menopause is defined as your final period. You know you have entered menopause once your cycle has stopped for 12 consecutive months. On average this happens in your early 50s.
However, menopause dryness often troubles women years before they actually reach this stage. This is because we first enter perimenopause which is accompanied by very similar symptoms. In her 40s, a woman’s ovaries generally start producing less oestrogen. In the years to come, she may have irregular periods, heavy/light bleeding, insomnia, hot flashes, migraines and the dreaded menopause dryness.
The main reason for (peri)menopausal dryness is the decrease in oestrogen. Lubricating glands reduce and genital tissues become thin and dry, often resulting in painful sex, itching and everyday discomfort. If no menopause dryness relief is offered, the tissues can become inflamed, causing atrophic vaginitis (appears in up to 50% of peri/menopausal women), infections, urinary tract infections and incontinence. Achieving true menopause dryness relief comes from making lifestyle changes and rebalancing your hormones with a holistic healthcare practitioner. However, the first line of defence always has to be a menopause lubricant.
What’s the Best Menopause Lubricant?
No woman should ever suffer through painful sex (or no sex) with their partner! To enjoy pain-free love-making, YES WB Water-Based and YES OB Plant Oil-Based Lubes are the best menopause lubricants on the market. Both products are certified organic, containing no nasty chemicals which could further irritate delicate tissues or interfere with your general health. Apply liberally to yourself and your partner for maximum slipperiness.
Taking menopause dryness relief one step further, you should also use YES VM Vaginal Moisturiser. As opposed to the short-term help from menopause lubricants, vaginal moisturisers are long-lasting and actually correct vaginal dryness. Completely natural and safe (as opposed to hormonal or chemical treatments which are on the market), YES VM will protect and rehydrate sensitive tissues naturally. Certified organic, this vaginal dryness treatment is the purest solution which provides instant relief from itching, soreness and painful sex. The pre-filled applicators are the preferred option for menopause dryness relief as they help to administer the moisturiser much higher into the vaginal area. YES recommend using one applicator every 3 days.
Menopause Lubricants & Natural Treatments VS HRT (Hormone Replacement Therapy)
Hormone Replacement Therapy, or HRT, refers to a treatment which administers oestrogen products to raise levels throughout the body to address vaginal atrophy and related pain as well as other menopause symptoms. However, 40% of women receiving systemic oestrogen therapy have persistent vaginal problems . Besides, oral administration is related to increased risk of blood clots, breast cancer, heart attack and stroke.
So should you simply put up with debilitating menopause symptoms? Absolutely not! If your quality of life is compromised in any way, something needs to change. Looking after your vagina is the first step. As discussed above, YES offers the best menopause lubricants/vaginal moisturisers on the market.
Once you feel more comfortable ‘down there’, it’s time to address your diet and lifestyle. Working with a qualified holistic nutritionist, you will learn how to maintain a balanced, hormone-healthy lifestyle which helps you avoid or alleviate symptoms. This may include hormone-balance-supporting supplements and menopause nutrition, the best types of exercise and lifestyle adjustments.
If you’re based in Christchurch, you can come and visit my Give Me Life practice for support.
 S.L. Johnston, S.A. Farrell, C. Bouchard, et al. The detection and management of vaginal atrophy. J Obstet Gynaecol Can 2004;26:503-515.