Menopause can cause irritation, dryness and itchiness in, and around, the vagina. Uncomfortable and not something many of us talk about.
“Burn Baby Burn”, but we’re not talking about the disco inferno envisaged by The Trammps.
Oestrogen makes the lining of the vagina thicker, and more elastic, keeping it moist and healthy. Now depleting levels mean thinner, less elastic, drier vaginal tissue and loss of fatty tissue. Unfair! Weight loss where you’d least expect – or want - it. And yes, your vagina will look different. The soul-sapping medical name for this condition is Vaginal Atrophy but there’s not a trophy in sight. We think vaginal dryness is a more all-purpose description so that’s how we’re describing.
A topic that Jane Lewis, author of ‘Me and My Menopausal Vagina’, knows for too well. Hers is an extreme case, and her book is now recommended by GP’s in the know, to help their patients.
And the good news is….
You’re not alone. There are products, professionals and other women who can help you through this. Taking action should go some way to resolving the problem.
The best ways to deal with vaginal dryness
Knowing what personal hygiene products* to use or avoid, taking supplements and making changes to your diet may relieve symptoms.
*We have no commercial arrangement with any products mentioned on this page. Recommendations are based on our personal research and/or experience.