One day while visiting my mother during my bi-monthly home visit, she reluctantly asked me a question about female sexual anatomy that perplexed her. “Does every woman get dry as she gets older?” As much as my mother tries to avoid discussing her personal sex life with me, she couldn’t help it. Sexuality is my career and going dry in the land below is something I know about all too well.
The subject of vaginal dryness is one that embarrasses many women and happens at some point in her life. It is a common thought that vaginal dryness is an issue only experienced by women who are nearing menopause or who have undergone hysterectomy or cancer prevention surgeries, but this is an issue that can be experienced by women of any age. Vaginal lubrication is often an initial sign of a woman’s sexual excitement, but the absence of natural lubrication isn’t necessarily an indication of a lack of sexual arousal.
Vaginal dryness is often a symptom of a deeper health issue. Physiological factors such as menopause and hysterectomies can lead to a drop in estrogen that can dry out the mucous membranes of the vagina.
Other factors that may contribute to vaginal dryness are yeast overgrowth, diabetes, over douching, the presence of STIs, overwork, stress and excessive exercise.
Psychological issues such as repressed memories of trauma, energy blocks and anxiety can also add to vaginal dryness during sexual activity. In the case of medical issues that need to be treated, women experiencing any of these ailments should consult their physicians to ensure proper treatment is in place.
Treating physiological and psychological issues may help restore the vagina’s natural lubricated state, but there are also other holistic and natural ways to help with this issue.
If you’re a woman who is healthy and has the desire to treat vaginal dryness naturally, take a look at these helpful pieces of advice pulled from the manual “The Sexual Herbal: Prescriptions for Enhancing Love and Passion” by Brigitte Mars, A.H.G.
It is often said that you are what you eat and when it comes to your genitals the same rule applies. Drinking copious amounts of fluid daily will help to keep the vagina nice and flowing. Eating plenty of foods rich in beta-carotene will also help strengthen mucous membranes. Incorporate more dark green leafy vegetables, winter squash, sweet potatoes and spirulina into your diet. Oriental medicine attributes sexual function as a responsibility of the kidneys, so incorporate foods such as black sesame seeds and soybeans that nourish the organs.