Dry vagina – The vulva
NB - When we talk about dryness of the vagina on this page, we will be referring to surrounding areas – Vulvar irritation. The word vagina is quite often used colloquially to refer to the vulva or female genitals generally
Please do not use any of the natural remedies for vaginal dryness for internal use…unless it stated that it can be used as a sexual lubricant or moisturizer.
Is your vagina dry? A dry skin on vagina areas is very common. Peeling skin or dry skin in this area is usually a sign of an allergic reaction to something and is usually vulvar dermatitis, but can be something more serious.
If the vagina dryness persists after using the remedies and tips on this page and you notice vaginal itching and a burning vagina, sores, blisters, vaginal discharge or a strange smell, you should see your doctor immediately to rule out the possibility of an STD or vaginitis.
Cause of vaginal dryness
- Certain types of lubricants and condoms may cause a reaction in some ladies
- Menopause and vaginal dryness ~ Hormone levels have a lot to do with vaginal lubrication. Change in hormonal levels can cause dryness. Menopause vaginal dryness is very common. Low levels of estrogen during breastfeeding can also cause this.
- Some types of soap may cause this too, just change the soap you are using. Using something without perfume and coloring will help. The best soaps to use are Dove and Pears.
- Shaving in this area can also cause dry skin. If you are shaving, make sure the razor you use is a good one.
- Wearing tight clothing and clothing that doesn’t allow air to circulate.
- Using oils or bubble bath can also cause this.
- Try to stay away from feminine wipes.
How will I know if it’s Thrush?
- Your symptoms will definitely include an itchy vagina, vulvar itching, vaginal burning sensation, and sometimes even bleeding. You can get prescription creams and antibiotics for this.
Help for dry vagina ~ Other tips
- Make sure that you rinse yourself well after using soaps or body washes as these can also cause dryness down there if not washed off properly.
- If you are using pads during “that time of the month” you should replace your pads often, so that the skin does not become irritated and dry. Use pads that are labeled “for sensitive skin”
- When drying yourself, be gentle. Harsh rubbing with a face cloth or towel will also cause sensitive dry skin in this area and loss of vaginal moisture.
- Drink plenty of water, maybe your body is trying to tell you that it needs water for lubrication. Drink at least eight glasses of water daily.
- Wear cotton underwear.
- Try to stay away from sexual activity until the problem has healed, especially if it is open and painful.
- Make sure you clean the area immediately after any excessive sweating.
- Try to refrain from scratching or rubbing the skin, which will just make it worse.
- Stay away from sugar, salt, coffee and alcohol
- Take some time out for foreplay before intercourse, this will help lubricate the vulva and vagina preventing problems afterwards.
Vaginal dryness cure ~ Remedies
- Olive oil for dry vagina ~ Apply some olive oil as a vaginal moisturizer after cleaning yourself.
- Use Vaseline to moisturize the area
- Use a nappy rash cream on outer sensitive dry areas. (not inside the vagina)
- Get yourself some tea tree soap or use Dove or Pears soap as mentioned above. Tea tree soap will help heal the area.
- Cure vaginal dryness with a baking soda bath ~ Put 4 heaped tablespoons of baking soda in your bath water and lay in it for at least 20 minutes. Do this daily.
- Epsom salts bath ~ 2 heaped tablespoons in a bath of water.
- Start taking Vitamin E supplements (100–600 IU daily) This is great for all skin ailments
- Dry skin
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