Is this a symptom of Menopause?

Dear Yasmine,

I am menopausal, and one of my issues is vaginal dryness. I was surprised to find out this was a symptom!  My doctor has recommended hormones, but I want to stay away from these for as long as possible.  What are your suggestions to help with this issue?

Dry in Dakota

Dear Dakota,

40 to 60 % of women will experience vaginal dryness, or medically known as, atrophic vaginitis.  Here are some things you can do for it, that don’t involve hormones.  We like to call this three step process MMMO!

1.    Moisturize – pick up a personal lubricant.  Since there are so many on the shelves, and available online, becoming overwhelmed is easy.  Look for ingredients that include Aloe Vera, Hyaluronic Acid, Vitamin E, and/ or coconut oil.  These ingredients add moisture to the skin and then seal the moisture in.  We recommend Good Clean Love Restore Moisturizing Vaginal Lubricant.

2.   Movement & Massage – Move enough to get sweaty, and we mean really, really sweaty!  Exercise is absolutely imperative as you move into and through menopauseWe all know how important exercise is for our health, well exercise is also important for your sexual health!  Include kegels as an exercise.  This will help strengthen your PC (or pubococcygeal) muscles and your pelvic floor muscles, encouraging blood flow to the area, and keeping the vaginal organ healthy.

Now… massage! Using your new personal lubricants, externally massage your vulva, to help bring blood to the skin, do this as often as you have time for.  Massage until it feels good, even to…..

3.   Orgasm – is the healthiest release you can have!  Want to feel better?  Sleep better?  Have an orgasm.  Orgasms releases the endorphins dopamine and oxytocin which are immediate and incredible mood boosters.  Have an orgasm a week for your mental, physical and sexual health.  Try a toy like the Lelo Lily 2 to help you massage and receive better, longer lasting orgasms. 

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