15 Jan VAGINAL DRYNESS, LET’S TALK ABOUT IT!
Vaginal dryness must not be a taboo subject anymore! Read our study on the subject!
In 2017, six women out of ten have declared that they suffered from vaginal dryness. Assisting women in understanding this issue is more important that it was a few years ago because 68% have already heard of it. However, even today, they continue to face barriers when they want to talk about it. In our today focus on vaginal dryness, we offer you the possibility to bring the issue out of the taboo area. Do you know how to identify symptoms of vaginal dryness? Do you know how to ease them? We will try to answer your questions but don’t hesitate to seek advice from your doctor or your pharmacist.
WHAT ARE THE SIGNS OF VAGINAL DRYNESS?
Vaginal dryness is a disruption of the balance of the vaginal flora. The vagina becomes more vulnerable to certain types of bacterial attacks leading to irritations, itches, burning pain and vaginal walls dryness.
The onset of these particular signs must alert you:
- Pain localised around the vagina associated with redness on the external sexual organs
- Pain during sexual intercourse followed by light bleeding.
- Burning pain while urinating
- Urinary and vaginal infections
VAGINAL DRYNESS, WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS?
When the vaginal system works well, it lubricates the vagina. Vaginal dryness is the consequence of:
- A modification of the cervical mucus flowing down the vagina
- A weakening of the mucosa
The mucosa loses its elasticity. It is unable to ensure its moisturizing and acidifying properties. Nor can it be able to accomplish its cleansing role. And the bacteria can multiply more easily.
Postmenopausal women, first and foremost, will be affected first by vaginal dryness. Quick reminder, menopause is a natural phenomenon which refers to the period when ovaries gradually stop producing reproductive hormones: oestrogen and progesterone.
Those two had a key role to oil vagina’s tissues but now they are gone, tissues are shrinking, vagina walls are slimming and dryness appears.
Their consequences have an impact on women couple’s life. 80% of women have now estimated that it causes pain during sexual intercourse, stress (39%) and even a depressive state (26%). But also, pain during physical activities (17%), and couple issues (53%).
It is not uncommon that breastfeeding women and women who have just given birth experiment these painful episodes. Indeed, vaginal dryness is strongly associated with hormones. These painful episodes can continue until the hormonal balance is set.
Other factors tend to weaken the intimate flora:
- Psychological factors: stress, depressive state
- Medical treatments, chemotherapies
- Intense physical activities
- Cigarettes and alcohol
- The use of soap and unsuitable detergents
VAGINAL DRYNESS, WHAT ARE THE SOLUTIONS?
43% of the women we interviewed consider intimate dryness as a painful experience with a psychological impact for 44% of them. Even though the issue is more and more discussed with doctors and spouses, 21% of women say they have never tried to treat themselves, considering it as a minor, temporary or unsolvable issue.
However, here is some day-to-day advices to limit or prevent this intimate dryness:
- Limit clothing that fits tightly
- Prefer cotton underwear
- Use your own bathroom linen
- Reduce your consumption of alcohol and tobacco.
For your personal hygiene, prefer ultra-gentle cleansing agents formulated for this specific area.
In case of persistent pain, use a vaginal gel that ease, moisturise and lubricate. Do not hesitate to ask a health professional for adapted solutions. Intimate dryness is not incurable!
Find out about moisturizing properties of glycerine
Glycerine from the plant origin is also known as glycerol. It has been discovered in the late 19th century and became popular due to many virtues and its use in many different sectors of activity.
Glycerine contains various properties:
- Moisturizing and softening action: it increases the water content of the skin and maintains the skin smooth and soft. Thus, it is one of the best moisturizing agent.
- Humectant action: it maintains water content of a cosmetic product into its package and on the skin.
- Solvent action: promotes extraction of actives ingredients from plants.
- Capillary action: leave the hair easy to comb, supple, soft and shiny.
- Protective agent of the skin
Glycerine restores immune defences which will be prepared for daily aggressions. Moreover, glycerine regulates the peeling of the skin thanks to its moisturizing property. Finally, it promotes skin elasticity when irritated and dehydrated.