Vaginal health depends on two main factors:
Glands situated at the vaginal opening normally secrete fluids that hydrate vaginal walls, keeping them supple and elastic. These glands are stimulated by the hormone oestrogen. Anything that disrupts normal levels of oestrogen can also disrupt the functioning of these glands - most often this could be menopause, breastfeeding, pregnancy, fertility treatments or cancer treatment.
Most women first notice the issue of dryness when sex becomes painful
It’s friction that causes the pain, because the vagina is not moist and lubricated. You may also find that your vaginal tissue is more delicate and irritable.
Sex without adequate lubrication can lead to microlesions, microscopic injuries to the vaginal wall.
Microlesions exacerbate pain and can lead to vaginal infections.
The dryness causes a feeling of tightness, discomfort and itching, while the microlesions of the wall make you feel soreness and burning.
You may also notice that you’re producing a white or yellow discharge.
If you are menopausal, this may just be part of the process.
However, if the discharge has an unpleasant odour, it is likely to be caused by an underlying infection such as thrush or bacterial vaginosis. In that case do consult your GP.
Hormone replacement therapy (HRT)
One possible solution to vaginal dryness is hormone replacement therapy (HRT).
For many women, though, this is not the right option. This could be because of other medical conditions, or simply due to personal choice.
Hyalofemme is hormone-free and is the only product proven to be safe and effective by several scientific studies.
This vaginal moisturiser has been scientifically proven to be just as effective for vaginal dryness as 0.1% oestrogen cream.
This is further confirmed by 9 out of 10 women who said Hyalofemme improved their symptoms of vaginal dryness, and 96% said they would recommend it to their friends.
What causes vaginal dryness?
There are many factors that can disturb vaginal moisture, and some of the most common ones include:
Menopause, regardless if it’s natural or clinically induced (eg, after surgery or during treatment for fertility or endometriosis etc)
Radiotherapy or chemotherapy
Pregnancy and breastfeeding
Neurological factors, like stress or anxiety
Gynaecological diseases, uterine fibroids or sexual activity
The vast majority of women, over 90%, will experience vaginal dryness at some point in their lives. However, 4 out of 5 will not ask for help.
It is very important to recognise the cause of vaginal dryness early on
Still, even in this day and age of relatively unabashed communication, the vast majority of women do not ask for help, or think that they have to put up with it as part of the ageing process.
If you feel uncomfortable to ask for help, you can download our GP letter here and hand it over to your GP or at the reception.
You do not have to put up with it. You do not need to suffer.
Hyalofemme can help you feel good about your body, helping you feel like your normal self again.
Hyalofemme is already improving the quality of life for millions of women around the world - order a free sample here and try it for yourself.
Is it drynesss, bacterial vaginosis or thrush?
First time you feel itch, burning or soreness, you may not think of vaginal dryness straight away.
These symptoms are non-specific, and can point to a variety of conditions, such as bacterial vaginosis or thrush. It's very important to discuss the issue with your GP to make sure that there's no underlying infection causing the symptoms.
The most common conditions that show similar symptoms are: