Does vulva balm help with menopause symptoms?
What happens with menopause?
At a certain age – and this can vary a great deal – you reach menopause. Usually, you have already gone through disturbances in your hormonal cycles for sometime before complete cessation of menstruation.
Symptoms of menopause include:
- Weight gain
- Slow metabolism
- Loss of skin tone
- Sleep disturbances
- Hot flashes
- Mood changes
- Bladder dysfunction
- Vaginal dryness
Once menopause sets in, you may have a exponential increase in these problems. Lack of estrogen, that accompanies menopause, is responsible for many issues.
While you may be able to take care of weight gain and slow metabolism via diet and exercise, and mood swings will typically resolve with time, you are likely stuck with bladder dysfunction and vaginal dryness.
What can you do about vaginal dryness?
Vaginal dryness can result in painful intercourse as the skin becomes more sensitive. It is important that you have an understanding partner. Vaginal atrophy is part and parcel of the aging process. It cannot be reversed, but you can manage the symptoms with the right products.
Keep in mind that vaginal atrophy can lead to burning, itching, frequent yeast infections, urinary incontinence, and increased risk of urinary tract infections.
In order to manage the condition, you should use:
- Vaginal moisturizers – these improve the skin tone. Just as you use moisturizers and lotions on your skin, you can use vaginal moisturizers in and around your vagina for reducing dryness and increasing elasticity.
- Lubricants – use water- based products for decreasing comfort during intercourse. These reduce friction and make intercourse easier, pain-free, and pleasurable.
- Hormonal creams – these help make the vagina more elastic and reduce pain and discomfort. They may come in the form of estrogen creams, tablet, or a ring. They have should be used for a limited time. They also help reduce urinary tract infections and bladder problems.
- Oral medication – SERM (selective estrogen receptive modulator) can be taken orally to help with vaginal atrophy. It is non-hormonal.
- Insertable medications - DHEA (Dehydroepiandrosterone) comes in the form of a pessary that has to be inserted into the vagina. It helps with pain during intercourse.
Even if you don’t have a regular sexual partner, it is important to take care of your sexual organs so that you reduce the risk of vaginal and urinary infections and avoid urinary incontinence.
Can you use these products even if you don’t have menopause?
If you have perimenopause or just suffer from vaginal dryness, you can use any of these products. While it is better to do so under medical advice, there are many over-the-counter products that you can use to counter vaginal dryness.
Vulva balm is a product that helps reduce itching, dryness, and redness. It is safe to use as it does not contain hormones. In fact, it contains all natural products. It helps restore the PH balance in this delicate region.
Having an active sexual life will reduce the problems associated with vaginal atrophy and keep you mentally, emotionally, and physically balanced. Don’t give up on your sex life just because you have menopause. In fact, you are free from period problems, birth control (condoms are advised for other sexual diseases), and hormonal cycles. And if you are unable to manage your symptoms, do seek medical advice.