Vaginal dryness is a symptom of menopause that may be uncomfortable to discuss, but it concerns many women. Holly Lucille, ND, RN, women’s health expert and author of Bottom Line Inc’s The Natural Side of Menopause blog, discusses why vaginal dryness occurs and also what women can do to prevent it. Vaginal dryness is a natural part of aging as estrogen levels decrease. Things that women can do to prevent this are to adopt a diet rich in omega-3 fatty acids and also stay well-hydrated. Regular exercise and staying sexually active also help relieve this issue. Finally, women can use healthy, natural lubricants and vaginal suppositories as another way to ease vaginal dryness. In the event that these lifestyle interventions do not adequately resolve this issue, Dr. Lucille recommends consulting a qualified menopause practitioner for even more solutions.
For more information, check out Dr. Holly Lucille’s website, or buy her book, Creating and Maintaining Balance: A Woman’s Guide to Safe Natural Hormone Health