Aside from some rare autoimmune and chronic skin diseases, many post-menopauseal women deal with excessive vaginal dryness and general thinning of skin, muscles and feminine tissues.
They wish for the more moisture days of their youth. The wrath of time, lack of youthful ovarian hormones and frankly underuse, leads to less lubricating secretions as well.
Months or years in this environment can lead to itchy discomfort, rashes, inflammation, pain with intercourse and even more yeast and bladder infections.
Sometimes this is rolled into a condition called atrophic vaginitis.
These symptoms can be delayed or minimized by the following 5 points-
1. Use those pelvic muscles- do kegel’s exercises daily and enjoy sex!
2. Allow more time for foreplay so your “juices can flow” to put it bluntly and don’t be shy about using water based lubricants.
3. Don’t shave or wax the already thinning hair-you need all the barrier , warming and protective benefits you can get.
4. Drink plenty of water and review medications to see if you are taking anything that has the side effects of drying out mucus membranes like antihistamines like Benadryl. Urine incontinence pills and diuretics are some other common examples.
5. Check with your doctor if your signs and symptoms are severe enough to warrant hormonal therapies.