Vaginal dryness, also known as atrophic vaginitis in menopause, is one of the most common symptoms after the age of 50. In fact, it is estimated that 40% of women suffer from it when they reach this stage and they present in different ways. Fortunately there is a solution. In this interview, Dr. Mª del Carmen Sanabria explains everything about vaginal dryness.
The question that many women have: why does vaginal dryness occur in menopause?
In menopause, whether natural or for other reasons (surgery, chemotherapy, etc.) there is a decrease in sex hormones (estrogens) and there is a thinning of the skin and mucous membranes and a decrease in their elasticity and lubrication
In addition, in a woman’s life there are other circumstances in which there is vaginal dryness such as the puerperium, the use of anovulatory drugs and various diseases such as lichen sclerosus.
What are the most common symptoms of vaginal dryness?
Usually, tightness, stinging, a sensation of itching, discomfort and sometimes pain, fissures and discomfort are perceived that make sexual intercourse very painful, to the point that some women give up sex due to pain and inability to fully enjoy it. In more severe cases, they even disturb sleep, when the itching sensation or tightness becomes unbearable.
What do you recommend to improve vaginal dryness in menopause?
Thanks to the increase in life expectancy, today’s women will live more than a third of their lives in menopause and to improve their quality of life they look for simple, natural and effective solutions. You should not allow the discomfort caused by vaginal dryness to be common, since there are remedies to treat it effectively.
It is essential for this, to have allies that help to improve all the symptoms that it presents and the state of our skin and mucous membranes.
Hygienic habits are very important: you have to use an intimate soap with acid pH only once a day; wear preferably cotton underwear, in the summer months avoid wet bathing suits for a long time.
Consult a specialist in the event of any change in flow or any symptoms such as pruritus.
There are various kinds of treatment for vaginal dryness but I always consider it necessary to have an intimate cream with an immediate and sustained effect on our intimate well-being, since it contributes to maintaining better elasticity and comfort in our day-to-day life and reinforces and consolidates other treatment modalities: hormone replacement, Co2 laser, etc.
OlioVita intima is an intimate cream that I recommend, since it contains sea buckthorn oil, hyaluronic acid and calming peptides, among other ingredients, a very effective combination that allows good adherence to the treatment since it has no side effects and can be combined with any other preparation.
Why taking supplements with Omega 7 and Omega 3 is essential in menopause?
At menopause it is observed that the skin and mucous membranes of our entire body are drier and more sensitive. They require more care and sometimes a local treatment is not enough, but it is necessary to provide essential elements in our body.
Fatty acids are part of the structure of the membranes of our cells and therefore, supplements with a high content of fatty acids are essential for us to have a healthy life since, by strengthening the membranes, they allow us to maintain adequate hydration since There is less possibility of infections, because it has antibacterial properties.
Omega 7 acid is extremely important as a moisturizer and nutrient for the skin and mucous membranes. In this way, both maintain their integrity, as it protects them against external aggressions such as infections, due to its antibacterial properties. Omega 7 is found in ingredients such as sea buckthorn.
Omega 3 strengthens the skin’s protective barrier and also maintains its hydration level. It is present in numerous membranes of the organism.
In this case, Vitae has OlioVita , a food supplement containing pure sea buckthorn rich in Omega 7, Omega 3, 6 and 9, as well as natural vitamins A and E that contributes to the maintenance of the skin and mucous membranes.
Thanks for the amazing interview and to help women feel better during this important period of her life!