During a woman’s reproductive years, the ovaries produce estrogen and progesterone. Estrogen is important for normal menstrual periods and fertility, and it promotes bone strength. Any drop in the levels of both those hormones especially during menopause can cause well-known symptoms such as hot flashes and vaginal dryness.
Vaginal dryness is a common disorder that affects millions of women in the US. It is caused by a lack of lubrication of the vaginal walls and it is a real problem that can interfere with a woman’s day to day life. Those effects can range from minor discomfort to painful sexual intercourse.
And vaginal dryness can occur at any age; however, nearly half of all women between the ages of 40 and 59 will suffer from this problem. As a woman transitions into menopause, the hormones in every healthy woman’s body will start to decline which can be associated with a variety of symptoms.
Under normal circumstances, the walls of the vagina are covered with a thin layer of fluid to help keep it healthy and elastic. This is partly due to estrogen, which is naturally produced in women’s reproductive organs, and helps to maintain healthy vaginal tissue and keep it lubricated. Whenever estrogen levels begin to drop due to menopause, a hysterectomy, or any other reason, the lining of the vagina begins to thin which reduces the amount of moisture it produces.
While estrogen is the often seen as the most effective treatment available to relieve the bothersome symptoms, some women cannot take estrogen, especially those who are estrogen dominant or at risk for/have had breast cancer.
Enhancing moisture with non-hormonal vaginal cream can relieve the many uncomfortable symptoms of vaginal atrophy – dryness, burning, itching, discomfort during sex. It can also prevent the discomfort that can occur at any stage of a woman’s life by protecting skin tissue, improving lubrication and enhancing the regeneration of vaginal tissues.
Cream preparations of Hyaluronic acid, Vitamin E, Vitamin A and Aloe Vera can offer a effective treatment for not only symptoms of atrophy but also imbalanced vaginal PH levels which can also contribute to the discomfort.