One of the most common symptoms of peri-menopause or menopause is feminine dryness. When estrogen levels decrease, the amount of vaginal lubrication naturally produced in the body also drops. Lower estrogen levels lead to a thinner, less elastic and more fragile vaginal lining.
Whether mild or severe, it can be painful, cause constant discomfort and become severe if left untreated.Hormone replacement therapy is most often recommended for those undergoing menopause, but because most vaginal preparations are absorbed into the bloodstream, some women have concerns about the safety of estrogen and prefer alternative solutions.
And, studies show that many of the women taking oral hormone therapy report that they sometimes still suffer from vaginal dryness. Women’s bodies change as they age, but one thing stays the same: sensitive vaginal areas must be kept moisturized to stay pliable, elastic and healthy.
However, the Women’s Health Initiative study found that women taking a combination of estrogen and progestin had a higher risk of breast cancer, heart disease, stroke and blood clots than women on a placebo. But, there are non-prescription approaches to help reduce dryness.