Along with the use of a non-hormonal vaginal cream, vaginal atrophy often responds well to dietary and lifestyle changes as well as a number of natural supplements.
Staying well hydrated is critical, as well as eating a healthy diet rich in omega 3 fatty acids and proteins. Be sure to put these on your list:
- Raw pumpkin, sesame and sunflower seeds
- Fish (especially salmon, mackerel and tuna) are great choices that are high in fatty acids.
- Incorporate more dark green leafy vegetables, zucchini, sweet potatoes and spirulina into your diet.
- Vitamin A and B supplements and beta-carotene also have high levels of omega 3 fatty acids.
- Vitamin D has several important functions which may be effective in the proliferation and repair of the vaginal epithelial tissue.
- Regular exercise is also important. Thirty minutes of cardiovascular activity, at least three times per week, helps to maintain not only cardiac health and blood flow (to the vagina, as well) but also hormone balance.
- Still smoking? Stop – it decreases estrogen levels and increases the risk of developing vaginal atrophy, as well as other conditions, such as osteoporosis.
- Avoid perfumed personal products including powders, soaps, and deodorants which can irritate the vagina and cause dryness.
Ladies, the good news is, you are not alone as this is an extremely common problem that all women face as they get older. Do your best to stay positive and use healthy and safe options to optimize vaginal health and lubrication.