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Vaginal dryness: 6 vitamins to keep your vagina lubricated and healthy

Vaginal dryness is a painful condition often associated with menopause. While there are many ways to find relief, you should also have vitamins to get rid of vaginal dryness.
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Vaginal dryness can be treated overtime. Image courtesy: Adobe Stock
Natalia Ningthoujam Published: 14 Dec 2023, 11:03 am IST
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Vaginal dryness is all about discomfort, pain during sex, burning, itching or even post-sex bleeding due to vaginal tissue tears. It is a painful condition that also increases vulnerability to infections. It is not just sexual satisfaction or intimacy or relationships that get impacted by it. The overall quality of life gets affected. While many people use oils and medicines to find relief, but including certain vitamins for vaginal dryness can also help.

What is vaginal dryness?

Vaginal dryness is a condition that is characterised by insufficient lubrication in the vaginal area, says obstetrician and a gynaecologist Dr Suhasini Inamdar.

Here are some common causes of vaginal dryness:

• Hormonal fluctuations during menopause and childbirth
• Medications and medical treatments
• Stress or anxiety
• Autoimmune conditions (Sjögren’s syndrome)
• Allergies and irritants (vaginal douches and perfumes)
• Reduced estrogen levels
• Ovary removal

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You must have vitamins for vaginal dryness relief. Image courtesy: Adobe Stock

What are some important vitamins for vaginal dryness?

1. Vitamin D

Vitamin D is known for getting strong bones, but it also has protective effects for vaginal atrophy in postmenopausal women, as per a 2015 study published in the Iranian Journal of Nursing and Midwifery Research.

2. Vitamin E

It has shown potential in increasing lubrication and reducing vaginal dryness, especially in menopausal women, says Dr Inamdar.

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3. Vitamin A

Vitamin A plays a key role in the building of mucous membranes, which include the vagina’s lining. This, in turn, helps in keeping the vagina moist.

4. Vitamin B

Your immune systems needs to function properly when it comes to vaginal health. Vitamin B complex, which includes B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B7, B9 and B12, help to boost immune function.

You can take these vitamins as supplements or food sources. Topical applications like gels or suppositories might also be suggested, says the expert. But incorporating these vitamins for managing vaginal dryness should be approached with guidance from a doctor.

What are the pros and cons of vitamin supplements for vaginal dryness?

Vitamin supplements can be good for your vaginal health, but watch out for the pros and cons.

Benefits of vitamins for vaginal dryness

• Relief from vaginal dryness symptoms.
• Convenience in accessing and consuming specific vitamins.
• Can complement dietary sources to ensure adequate intake.

Side effects

• Possible side effects or interactions with other medications.
• Regulation and quality control are lacking in the supplement industry.
• Overconsumption of these supplements may lead to adverse health effects.

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Vitamins like E and D are important for vaginal health. Image courtesy: Adobe Stock

To address vaginal dryness, it is recommended to consult a gynecologist. The appropriate treatment options may vary depending on factors such as age and underlying causes.

For postmenopausal women experiencing vaginal dryness, a gynaecologist may prescribe local estrogen creams and vaginal probiotics. Before initiating any treatment, the doctor will typically conduct a thorough examination to rule out any potential malignancies. Liver function tests may also be performed to ensure the safety and suitability of the prescribed treatment.

In younger age groups, it is advisable to first rule out infections in the genital area as a potential cause of dryness. Infections such as yeast infections or sexually transmitted infections can contribute to vaginal dryness. If an infection is detected, appropriate treatment will be recommended by the gynaecologist.

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About the Author

Natalia Ningthoujam has written on various subjects - from music to films and fashion to lifestyle - as a journalist in her career that started in 2010. After getting stories from the crime scene, police headquarters, and conducting interviews with celebrities, she is now writing on health and wellness which has become her focus area. ...Read More

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