Dietary & Lifestyle Ideas for Treating Vaginal Dryness Naturally – Tips from a Clinical Nutritionist
In my Christchurch clinic I look at root causes for vaginal dryness and create personalised treatment plans for clients. While every woman is different of course, there are some action steps everyone will benefit from when battling this condition. I have compiled a list of tips for you so you can get a head-start on your way to recovery.
- Drink more water, stay hydrated
- Eat 4+ cups of non-starchy vegetables daily
- Eat foods high in fibre (fibre balances hormones, and removes used oestrogens from the body)
- Benefit from omega-3 fatty acids (work to maintain the health of all our mucous membranes, including our vaginal tissues; supports hormonal balance & immune function (reducing susceptibility to thrush and/or UTI’s))
- Up your intake of phytoestrogen-rich foods – cherries, flaxseeds, oats, barley, lentils, sesame seeds, yams, alfalfa, apples, carrots, pomegranates, liquorice root, red clover (phytoestrogens block potentially dangerous oestrogens (used or synthetic oestrogens) from binding to the cell receptors, allowing our own hormone oestrogen to work as it is designed, thereby preventing vaginal dryness)
- Helpful supplements include: Vitamin A, B-complex vitamins, Vitamin C (essential for healthy collagen production which gives vaginal tissue its elasticity; supports immune function), Vitamin E (plays a key role in oestrogen stability and supports vaginal health – apply directly to vaginal tissues once or twice weekly, and take orally as well); mineral supplement such as concentrated mineral drops (aid in reducing dehydration)
- Take a good-quality probiotic – here’s an interesting article
- There are a variety of herbs which can help increase oestrogen production or increase oestrogen receptor function, but these are best recommended after a clinical assessment to determine your unique requirements
- Exercise – 30 minutes moderate exercise daily helps rebalance hormones & keeps vagina supple & lubricated
- Avoid washing your vagina with soaps or vaginal washes/douches, just use plain old water to rinse this area (soaps and vaginal washes are very drying and imbalance vaginal pH)
- Have more sex – women who have sex once or twice weekly with plenty of foreplay tend to lubricate more rapidly when aroused. Use YES lubes & vaginal moisturiser to prevent pain while reversing vaginal dryness.