I absolutely hear you and share your desire for more moisture down there! Vaginal dryness, also known as vaginal atrophy, during sex can be extremely painful and certainly limits the amount of pleasure we experience. Unfortunately, it is a very common problem for women post menopause for when we age, our estrogen levels naturally decrease, resulting in our vaginal tissue becoming thinner and more irritated.
Other factors that also contribute to vaginal dryness include stress, anxiety, decreased blood flow and dehydration. Luckily though there are a number of different natural and medicated solutions! Recent research has found that some vitamin and mineral supplements can support increased vaginal moisture. In a suppository form, vitamin E and vitamin D, over a 12-week period have both been proven to improve vaginal dryness. Some women have found an increase in vaginal lubrication regularly taking hyaluronic acid, fish oil, or seabuck horn oil.
There are a number of medicated options that you can discuss with your doctor. Vaginal moisturisers or vaginal creams applied every few days can increase moisture and keep the vaginal tissue healthy. Vaginal lubricants applied at the time of sexual activity have the immediate effect of producing more lubricant.
A lot of women whom I have recommended inserting coconut oil daily into the vagina have found it to be highly successful in combatting dryness. Be aware though that some women have developed thrush when using any of the above products, so I suggest experimenting with a few before you find the one that works the best for you.
My best and most favourite advice is to indulge in lots of regular sexual activity and vaginal stimulation, either with a partner or through self-pleasure, as that is a great way to keep the vaginal tissue healthy after menopause. So, spend the time seeking out new and interesting ways that turn you on, give you pleasure and ultimately make you feel well-lubricated and ready for sex down there!
Much love and desire, Polly Xo x