Ways to relieve vaginal dryness 41



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Once we hit menopause, our body changes in many different ways. One of those is vaginal dryness, where our vaginas lack the lubrication they once had. It is a sign of vaginal atrophy (atrophic vaginitis), which means that the vaginal walls are thinning due to a decline in oestrogen. This decline means that when you are aroused, a thin layer of moisture should appear, however this process may not happen, leaving you feeling dry and sore.

So that you can restore your sex life and feel more comfortable, we have found some effective ways to combat the issue. And although home remedies may not cure the cause of vaginal dryness, they do provide some relief, especially for women who choose not to use HRT.


It seems like an obvious choice, but not everyone wants to give it a go. There are many types of lubes on the market, but an all-natural, water-based product is best to add moisture. This is a good alternative when dryness causes the most discomfort during sexual intercourse.


There are a number of moisturisers that can relieve vaginal dryness symptoms for up to three days.

More sex

If you have very bad vaginal dryness, this is not advised. However, if your dryness is only mild, sex can make it promote natural lubrication.

Aloe vera gel

A mixture of aloe vera gel and fresh milk can treat vaginal dryness if applied to the area regularly.


This nutritious food can be added to meals and is a herbal cure for vaginal dryness as it enhances lubrication. Flaxseed oil can also be taken according to the instructions on the bottom, and is a good alternative for those with mild vaginal dryness.

Fatty acids

A diet high in fatty acids may aid in producing additional vaginal lubrication. Consider eating pumpkin, sesame seeds, sunflower seeds, and fish (especially salmon, mackerel and tuna) as these are all high in fatty acids. Vitamin A and B supplements and beta-carotene also have high levels of omega 3 fatty acids.

Coconut oil

Coconut oil is a healthy fat that helps restore the body’s natural level of hydration. This treatment can be used as a lubricant or supplement to treat dryness.


And remember: while it may seem embarrassing to bring up the topic of vaginal dryness with your doctor, it is an important medical condition. If it is affecting your life and is making you feel very uncomfortable, see your doctor.

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  1. Vagifem, used no more than twice a week, makes one feel “nice..:)” However, I believe they have now taken it off the market. Have to check with Doc. to see what has now replaced it..(Y)

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    • Replens is supposed to be good, if you remember to use it but it is dearer than some of the alternatives here.

  2. Vagisil has helped a lot.
    Has anyone else noticed that little tiny bits of toilet paper have been caught in the inner parts as little balls and cause itching , irritation, I try to pat dry now,

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  3. Mmmm. Can’t agree. Go to the doctor. Very sensitive skin, and perhaps it’s something more than dryness.

  4. Havent taken it off the market Patricia just off the PBS, but now you get Vagifem Light instead

  5. Thank you for this article. My rancid old sausage wallet has been looking and smelling like an uncracked oyster left out to dry in the sun for years now.

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  6. My gynaecologist, just this week,recommended Crisco……believe it or not,plain old vegetable oil.

  7. maybe not so much in the chlorinated pool then – an ex-GF was a champion swimmer – hours in the pool every morning – she suffered from this.

  8. Best product I’ve found is Sylk lubricant I get it in Woolies. Is has a kiwi fruit base. Otherwise, consider bio-identical hormone replacement therapy to up the levels of estrogens and progesterone. It helps with a few other things too – particularly hot flushes.

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