Knock-knock there. Do you acknowledge that I exist? I think you don’t. Why don’t you understand that I have my needs too? Hey, there! Are you listening? Oh, wait I guess you just ignored me right here, right now. That’s your Vajayjay calling.
Ladies, ladies! I know you’re like what is this writer trying to say exactly? Well, FYI vaginal problems are real and some of them exist because you’ve never done sex through the passing years. Vaginal atrophy is a common but treatable condition that causes the vaginal wall to thin. It’s a painful condition that can leave you itching, even burning down there and no, it’s not a sexually transmitted infection.
You gotta take this seriously. While sex is not the major reason but it is, of course, one of the reasons that women may encounter atrophy. Vaginal atrophy can also occur in women who have been treated for cancer, especially in those who have had hormone treatment for breast cancer as per Mayo Clinic. There are various other reasons responsible for this problem and that’s why I’m here to keep you aware of it. And not just that I’ll cover the symptoms but the treatment too.
So let’s try to know all of it.
Symptom: Vaginal dryness
The main symptom that women face which points around the blood flow. Blood flow actually increases oxygen supply to the vagina, which means it is less likely to become inflamed, thin or dry. But if this is not proper, then vaginal dryness is sure to happen.
Symptom: Pain or discomfort in the area.
Postmenopausal atrophic vaginitis normally occurs after menopause which is one of the reasons of vaginal atrophy. It can lead to increased vaginal infections and is painful for the vaginal area.
Symptom: Genital itching
Vaginal itching is an uncomfortable and sometimes painful symptom that often occurs due to irritating substances, infections, or menopause. It may also occur as a result of certain skin disorders.
Cause: Drop in estrogen levels.
One of the causes of atrophy in your vaginal area is because of the drop in estrogen levels around the time a woman begins menopause. When estrogen levels fall, the symptoms of VVA (vulvovaginal atrophy) may become more severe.
Cause: Lack of intimacy for a long time.
Lack of regular sexual activity may cause the decrement in your overall vaginal health. The increased blood flow can help keep your vaginal tissues healthy and so it is one of the major reasons you may face atrophy down ‘there’.
Cause: Excessive smoking.
If you smoke in excessive amounts, you should quit. Smoking reduces your blood circulation, which could prevent adequate blood flow to your vagina. Also, the chemicals in cigarettes interfere with your body’s natural estrogen.
When should you visit the doctor?
If you’re experiencing unusual symptoms, make an appointment to see your doctor to discuss these symptoms and find a treatment plan that works for you. Medical advice should be sought if:
– Symptoms are severe and interfering with day-to-day life.
– Pain is experienced during intercourse, which is not relieved by vaginal lubricants.
– There is any bleeding, burning, or discharge is present.
– Other symptoms, such as night sweats and hot flushes are present.
Cause: Lack of intimacy for a long time.
This might seem like enough to put you off having sex for good, but regular orgasms from your partner or a bit of self-love can actually ward off the nasty symptoms of vaginal atrophy. And the key is the increased blood flow to your nether regions when you climax. It works almost like a ‘workout’ down there. So, it’s somewhat good to stay sexually active.
Probiotics are bacteria that are considered healthy for the human body. Research suggests that probiotics may help relieve the symptoms of vaginal atrophy.
Treatment: Applying vaginal cream.
vaginal estrogen cream directly to your vagina. This is one of the most effective ways to increase estrogen levels. When you first start using the cream, you may apply it every night for two to four weeks. After that initial period, you may only need to apply the cream every second or third night.
Treatment: Coconut oil acts as a natural lubricant.
Coconut oil is one of the most extensive natural lubricants that may be used for vaginal care. It is best to be used in all the cases of vaginal atrophy to keep proper hygiene.
That’s all folks!
I hope all you ladies stay aware and keep good vaginal care. Let me know if you tried any of these treatments in the comment section below.
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