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Menopause DRYNESS

Menopause is the permanent end of periods and fertility, that most often takes place to women in their late 40’s or early 50’s, but is also known to occur earlier or later.  The menopausal average age is 51 years old. Just about every woman is different and there is no clear way to predict when an woman will enter menopause. Women in the menopausal stage of their life, experience symptoms with varying degrees of severity.  Also not all perimenopausal (premenopause) and postmenopausal women will have the same symptoms or experience the same levels of severity.

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Best Menopuase DRYNESS Lubricants for Relief

All women go through menopause and whether you sail through it easily or you experience hot flushes, night sweats, mood swings, menopause dryness of the vagina and all the other symptoms associated with this stage of life, is all down to luck and genes. 

As the permanent end of periods and fertility, menopause usually takes place when a woman reaches her late 40s or early 50s. However, it can occur earlier or later or can be brought on by procedures such as hysterectomy. The average age to go through menopause is 51. 

Personal lubricants offer relief from the vaginal dryness associated with menopause

Just as there’s no way to accurately predict when menopause will occur, you can’t predict the severity of your symptoms. Some will experience few or no symptoms, while others will feel as though everything about their body (and mind) has changed. 

Along with hot flushes and night sweats, menopause dryness is one of the most common symptoms, but luckily is one of the easiest problems to treat with a specially formulated menopause lubricant. 

As the leading supplier of personal lubricants, Astroglide offer significant menopause relief for vaginal dryness with our range of lubricants. 

We’ve over 40 years of experience in developing lightweight, non-sticky, silky smooth lubricants that have no odour or taste and which feel exactly like your natural secretions. 

They’re the perfect way to add lubrication when needed, whether that’s to relieve daily itching or burning sensations, or to enhance your moisture levels to enable you to have better sex. 

The benefits of using a natural menopause lubricant

One of the main benefits of using an Astroglide natural menopause lubricant is that all our products, whether water or silicon based , are made from natural ingredients, without the added nasties you sometimes find in inferior lubricants. 

Our menopause lubricants are the perfect blend of naturally derived ingredients such as Aloe Vera, Vitamin C and E and soothing Chamomile Flower extracts and are free from parabens, alcohol, glycerine, fragrances, colouring and hormones. 

This means that our lubricants are formulated to be virtually indistinguishable from your own natural internal lubrication, plus they’re long-lasting, non-sticky and easy to wash away. 

Whether you’re experiencing itching or stinging around the vaginal opening and vulva or pain during sexual intercourse, our lubricants will make you feel a whole lot better. 

Choose your favourite from our extensive range of personal lubricants and vaginal moisturisers

Whether you prefer the popular water based Astroglide Naturally Derived personal lubricant, the Astroglide Sensitive Skin Ultra Gentle Gel personal lubricant or you experience greater relief with one of our silicone based personal lubricants is all down to the individual.  Customers tell is that the Astroglide Gel lubricants are the best personal lubricants for menopause dryness as they stay in place longer.  Some women with extreme menopause dryness prefer our silicone based lubricants.

The best way to find your particular favourite is to request our pack of free samples and try them for yourself. We guarantee that you’ll love the difference it can make to your sexual pleasure and to everyday relief of menopausal dryness symptoms. 

Insufficient lubrication makes sex not just uncomfortable but actively painful. And painful sex is common: According to data, an estimated 70 percent of women report having experienced it at one point or another. “Lube isn’t the solution for all sex pain, but it can help many situations,” says Christina Cerqueira.

Yet for the most part, women stay silent about pain or discomfort during sex, either out of embarrassment or fear of displeasing their partners. In a culture where female pleasure is often considered little more than an afterthought, this isn’t all that surprising — nor is it shocking that there would be stigma around a product that is largely intended to make sex more pleasurable and comfortable for women.

 

What are the best menopause lubricants?

Menopause is generally defined as the time when a woman has had no menstrual period for a 12 consecutive months .  Perimenopause is the transition phase to Menopause, which can start with some women in their mid 30’s to generally by early 40’s.

Every woman experiences different perimenopause and menopause differently.  Menopause can bring symptoms caused by fluctuating hormones, such as hot flushes, night sweats, tiredness, fatigue, vaginal dryness, aches and pains and change in sexual desire.  Sometimes these symptoms are hardly noticeable.  Sometimes they get in the way of your normal day to day life.

Menopause Relief Products

Here at Astroglide we can assist with vaginal dryness, which may in turn assist with your sexual desire and relationships.  We offer a range of personal lubricant products that have become the World’s best-selling extended range.  Use our over 40 years’ experience to your advantage combating menopause dryness with what we refer to as the best female lubricants and moisturisers for menopause symptoms.

So if you’re looking for a menopause treatment that will double as vaginal moisturiser and a menopause lubricant, you’ll find something suitable in our range of Astroglide products.

Most personal lubricant users will admit that they had to try out a few different formulas before they found the perfect one for them, so don’t be shy -- request some free Astroglide samples and start exploring your options. You might even find that you or your partner enjoy more than one formula for different reasons. That’s totally OK -- there’s no rule that says you can only own one bottle of lube. So go ahead: experiment, share, play and explore. Most of all, have fun!  If you still need help head on over to our lube selector and we will help you pick out the best formula for you.

Benefits of Using a Natural Menopause Lubricant

Our Naturally Derived product for example is water-based and available in 74ml bottles and 4ml sachets and wholly made from natural and organic derived ingredients. The perfect blend of naturally derived ingredients create a personal menopause lubricant that never gets sticky and long-lasting also acting as a vaginal moisturiser .   Like our Sensitive Skin Ultra Gentle Gel, that is also water based , both these lubricants are Glycerine free, Paraben Free, Alcohol Free , Fragrance Free and Colouring Free.  If you have extremely sensitive skin, we recommend you place a small drop on the inside of your forearm before applying to more delicate areas. The Sensitive Skin Gel is also Preservative Free.   Assists your wellness through confidence in relationships.

How to apply menopause dryness lubricant

When it comes to applying your lube, don’t overthink it -- it’s actually quite simple. Start by applying a pea-sized portion of lube to yourself, your partner or your sex toy of choice.

For extra control and to limit spillage, squeeze lube onto your fingertips first, then apply. With a little practice, you’ll be able to estimate pretty closely how much lube you need. Remember, you can always reapply!

Our water-based products are premium best menopause lubricants and will provide you with a smooth and non-sticky sensation that feels totally natural. There’s no reason for your sex life to take a dramatic decline after you’ve gone through life’s change when you can call into one of our many stockists Australiawide and get the product that you need.

Learn about Menopause Myths

Most women at various stages of their life will experience times when their bodies cannot produce enough natural lubrication and then experience menopausal dryness / vaginal dryness.  These reasons vary from women to women, but could include:

  • Pregnancy, child birth , breast feeding , menopause, stress and other life incidents and trauma.
  • Excessive exercise.
  • Various readily available remedies for runny noses and similar conditions.
  • Taking other various preparations.
  • Following many types of operations including hysterectomy.
  • Using tampons, marina’s and other vaginal inserts.
  • Following uncomfortable or painful sexual intercourse.
  • Using commonly available bath and shower soaps, shampoo, conditioner.
  • Some laundry products with dyes, perfumes, fabric softeners, anti-cling properties.

 Menopausal dryness vaginal dryness may be accompanied by signs and symptoms such as:

  • Itching or stinging around the vaginal opening, vulva and the lower part of the vagina.
  • Burning.
  • Soreness.
  • Chafing.
  • Pain or light bleeding with sexual intercourse.
  • Urinary frequency or urgency.
  • Arousal difficulties.
  • Sweating, especially at night.
  • Hot flushes.
  • Fatigue.
  • Memory problems.
  • Unwanted hair growth.
  • Other recurrent  issues .

Life changes are never easy, especially as we get older.  Although menopause symptoms like sleep problems, night sweats, mood swings and weight gain, make it seem like a difficult time in a woman's life, there are many actions you can take to help you through this normal life transition.  See your Healthcare Professional for advice that suits your particular health circumstances.

We often get asked what is the best Astroglide Personal Lubricant for menopause dryness.  The answer is that they are all suitable as they are also vaginal moisturisers, not just Personal Lubricants.    It just comes down to personal preference.   Some women prefer a Gel Lubricant as it stays in place longer than a Liquid Lubricant.  Some prefer Water Based and some prefer Silicone Based, as the latter lasts longest.  We have Gel and Liquid varieties in Water Based and Silicone Based.    Plus we also have a Certified Organic Personal Lubricant.    Astroglide is the only manufacturer with a complete Water Based Gel and Liquid, Silicone Based Gel and Liquid and Certified Organic range for women with vaginal dryness.    That is why we are the number 1 brand globally.  We have a lube selector tool on our US website.    You can buy online from our Australian website, just click here 

 

Vaginal dryness regardless of the cause is normal and that is were Astroglide water based Personal Lubricants can help - as they are personal lubricants and vaginal moisturisers .  We have an extensive range to choose from, including the popular water based Astroglide Naturally Derived Personal Lubricant, Astroglide Sensitive Skin Ultra Gentle Gel Personal Lubricant as well as other variants. Astroglide Naturally Derived is made wholly with natural derived and organic ingredients.  Free samples are available. As Astroglide Personal Lubricants are personal lubricants and vaginal moisturisers , they are ideal and the best vaginal lubricants for menopause and vaginal dryness. They are never sticky.

 

Astroglide Personal Menopause Lubricant is designed to mimic natural vaginal secretions, so many women can apply it discretely and their partners would not even know.  Additionally, it can be applied during intimacy as and when required.   All of the  Astroglide range  is pH stable, meaning that it similar to a normal vagina, so as to not alter the balance. 

 

One of the key benefits of Astroglide Personal Lubricant is that you only need a few drops to achieve lubrication and moisturisation , so the bottle or tube lasts a lot longer.  You can vary the use to suit your own circumstances.

 

A diet high in soybeans can help alleviate vaginal dryness. Soybeans contains isoflavones, which are plant estrogens that produce effects in a milder form.  Another really good way to maintain vaginal elasticity and lubrication is regular sexual intercourse. Now you can tell your partner it was recommended!  As common as it is, vaginal dryness is not a problem to be ignored and there are many options for treatment.  Find one that works for you and enjoy life.

 

More information and assistance is available on this respected Australian website

 

 

Signs You've Started Menopause

Menopause doesn’t happen overnight. The transitionary period before a woman stops having her period all together , called perimenopause, can last for a few months or for as long as four years. If you’re approaching the age when most women go through menopause (usually around 45), you may be wondering how to know when your body has begun the transition. Knowing the signs of menopause will help you take some of the uncertainty out of your own journey and will help you do what’s best for you and your body. Here’s what to look out for:

 

Hot Flushes

Characterised by sudden and intense feelings of being too hot, hot flushes are one of the most common symptoms of menopause. While hot flushes can be annoying, most women find that they can manage the symptoms by dressing in layers, sipping ice water, and keeping a few ice packs on hand to help cool things down.

 

Irregular Periods

A woman is considered to be officially in menopause after going one year without having a period. However, for most women, this process happens gradually over time. One of the most obvious early signs of menopause is experiencing irregular periods. Your fluctuating hormone levels could cause your periods to be significantly lighter or heavier than usual and the timing is likely to be off of your regular cycle.

 

Vaginal Dryness

This common symptom of menopause can cause vulvar irritation or discomfort and pain during sexual intercourse. The good news is that, for most women, a quality lube is all they need to start feeling like themselves again. We can even send you a free sample so you can see the difference for yourself.

 

Other Early Signs of Menopause

Symptoms of Menopause

While the above signs of menopause are some of the most common, there are several other symptoms that women may experience, including:

  • Trouble sleeping
  • Breast tenderness
  • Decreased sex drive
  • Urine Leakage and/or increased urgency
  • Mood Swings
  • Fatigue

The symptoms of menopause can be annoying, but if you talk to your Doctor, you can work out a plan to manage your symptoms.

 

3 Menopause Myths You Should Stop Believing

Let’s face it: the prospect of going through menopause can be intimidating. For women who have spent their adult lives boldly managing their families and/or careers, the idea of not being in control of their own bodies can be uncomfortable.

Menopause Myths You Should Stop Believing Image

Despite the fact that around half the people on this planet will go through menopause, there are still a lot of menopause myths flying around that can make this time of transition even more daunting. We set out to debunk three of the most common menopause myths, so that you can be better prepared without the anxiety that can come with a changing body.

 

Menopause Weight Gain

1). Menopause Myth: Most women gain a lot of weight after menopause.

Fact: A recent study conducted by the International Menopause Society showed that although the hormonal changes associated with menopause can cause women to carry more weight in their abdomen, actual weight gain was influenced by non-hormonal factors like diet and exercise. So while you might not be able to control where your fat is distributed, you still have control over whether you gain that weight in the first place. If you’re concerned about weight gain or looking to adopt a healthier lifestyle, talk to you doctor to create a plan that works for you.

Love after menopause

2). Menopause Myth: Women lose interest in sex after menopause.

Fact: While it’s true that some women may experience a decreased libido after menopause, many women find their postmenopausal sex life to be more fulfilling than ever. If your desire is normal, but vaginal dryness is holding you back, using a personal lubricant like Astroglide Gel can help sex feel comfortable again. (Want to see if Astroglide will work for you? Request a free sample!)

If you are concerned about your sex drive, talk to your doctor to explore your options and to rule out more serious conditions. No matter what, don’t assume that menopause means the end of your sex life. You deserve to be getting it on well into your golden years.

Sex after menopause

3). Menopause Myth: Unpleasant symptoms associated with menopause are inevitable.

Fact: Menopause affects every woman differently. While some women do experience the classic symptoms of menopause such as hot flashes, mood changes and vaginal dryness, other women move through this transition with little to no unpleasant symptoms. So if menopause is on the horizon for you, don’t assume the worst. Educating yourself and being proactive in addressing your symptoms as they appear is the best way to prepare yourself for this new chapter in your life.

 

Just because menopause might change your body doesn’t mean that you have to change who you are. If you find yourself feeling different during or after menopause, don’t be afraid to talk to your doctor -- there might be some way that they’ll be able to help.

More Menopause Information at Jean Hailes Foundation

 

How sex can affect the timing of menopause

Jill Margo
Jill Margo  Health Editor

The age at which women hit menopause may be affected by how frequently they are having sex in the years that lead up to it, according to a large study of multicultural American women.

The study found women who reportedly had sex every week, were 28 per cent less likely to be menopausal than those who had sex less than once a month.

It is often observed that married women have a later age of natural menopause than unmarried women. Supplied

Menopause is defined as a woman’s final menstrual period. For most women, this usually happens between the ages of 45 and 60. In Australia, the average age is 51.

The study’s authors, both anthropologists, looked at the variation in timing of menopause from the perspective of evolutionary biology.

They postulated that when women have little or infrequent sex in the approach to menopause, their bodies do not receive cues of a possible pregnancy.

As a result, their bodies are likely to stop investing energy into ovulation so that it can be diverted elsewhere, such as helping to look after their children or grandchildren.

The idea that women cease fertility in order to invest in kin is known as the Grandmother Hypothesis. It reduces reproductive conflict between generations and allows older women to increase their inclusiveness through investing in grandchildren.

To test their theory of sexual frequency and menopause, the authors examined data from 3000 African American, Caucasian, Chinese American, Hispanic and Japanese American women.

The participants were part of the greater “Study of Women’s Health Across the Nation” which is designed to examine the health of women during their middle years. This part of it has just been published in the journal, Royal Society Open Science.

The authors say it is a costly process for a woman to produce an egg. It’s costly in terms of energy and its impairing effect on the immune system.

As a result, it may not make adaptive sense for the body to invest resources into continued ovulation when there is a paucity of sex.

Conversely, if the woman is still engaging in regular sex, it may be adaptive for her to continue ovulating for slightly longer if the chances of her becoming pregnant are still high.

The authors, Megan Arnot and Ruth Mace are both from University College London. Mace also has a position at Lanzhou University, in Gansu Province, China.

They say while causation cannot be conclusively inferred from the study, their results are an initial demonstration that increased sexual frequency during the pre- and peri-menopause decreases the risk of experiencing menopause.

The two women also tested another hypothesis.

It is often observed that married women have a later age of natural menopause than unmarried women. There is no accepted explanation for this but one existing hypothesis holds that exposure to male pheromones delays menopause.

Pheromones are chemicals released by one animal to induce activity, such as sexual arousal, in another animal.

This theory grew out of the idea that as a result of being married and living closely with a man, a woman’s menstrual periods were likely to be more regular.

The authors were the first to formally test this pheromone hypothesis and they found no evidence for it. They preferred their original theory of adaptive energy.

But there is another potential factor in all this too. As women approach menopause, their oestrogen levels decline and they are more likely to experience vaginal dryness and discomfort during sex.

This might make them less inclined to engage in sex which, if the theory is correct, could accelerate menopause.

 

Having less sex could trigger early menopause, study finds

Women who have sex at least once per month are less likely to enter early menopause compared to those who have sex less frequently, according to a new study, which followed nearly 3,000 US women for a decade.

The results, which were published in Royal Society Open Science, also dispelled previous findings that being married to a male, or being exposed to male pheromones, influenced the timing of menopause, which the authors say is largely linked to genetics.

“We did not replicate the findings from previous research showing that simply being married is associated with a later ANM (age of natural menopause), most likely owing to the variable cultural and temporal settings of previous studies,” the authors wrote. “However, we did demonstrate that increased sexual frequency during the pre- and peri-menopause decreased the risk of experiencing menopause.”

The authors surmised that the relationship is likely the result of an “adaptive trade-off relative to the likelihood of pregnancy when approaching menopause,” but noted that there is no behavioral intervention that will prevent a woman from inevitably entering menopause.

Speaking to Health.com, the lead study author, Megan Arnot, Ph.D., explained that if a woman is not having sex, there is no likelihood of pregnancy, meaning the body may seek to expend its energy elsewhere.

“It might be that there’s a trade-off between continued ovulation and stopping,” she told Health.com. “So there may be a point in life where it’s better off to stop ovulating and invest your energy elsewhere if you’re not going to have a baby (because you’re not having sex).”

The women involved in the study were on average 45 years old at the start, and had reported frequency and type of sex to researchers. During the 10-year study period, 45 percent of women had experienced a natural menopause at an average age of 52.

Those who reported having sex weekly were found to be 28 percent less likely to experience menopause than women who had sex less than monthly.

“If we interpret these results from a fitness-maximizing framework, it may be the physical cues of sex signal to the body that there is a possibility of becoming pregnant, and therefore an adaptive trade-off may occur between continued energetic investment and reproductive cessation,” the authors noted.

“During ovulation, the woman’s immune function is impaired making the body more susceptible to disease. Hence, if a pregnancy is unlikely owning to a lack of sexual activity, then it would not be beneficial to allocate energy to a costly process, especially if there is the option to invest resources into existing kin.”

 

The 'elephant in the room' for executive women

Australian Financial Review 11/2/20

 

AFR BOSS magazine explores the challenges that senior leaders face in maintaining physical and mental wellbeing.

For some women, menopause symptoms are so severe they interfere with daily life. Niki Fisher

Clare Morgan Production editor

While working with senior female leaders, executive coach Jane Porter began noticing “an elephant in the room”. Porter, the head of education at leadership development group IECL by GrowthOps Australia, saw executive women struggling with the symptoms of menopause.

Variously affected by hot flushes, sleeplessness, fatigue, mood swings, poor concentration and forgetfulness, some women found it a challenge to perform at their usual level.

Hot flushes are just one symptom of menopause that some women struggle with. iStock

During one three-way session, the male manager of a senior woman described the main goal of the coaching as enabling the woman to “get a grip on her emotions”. After he left the room, the woman began to cry and revealed that she was going through menopause. “Some days it’s just not clear how I am supposed to ‘get a grip on my emotions’ … Some days I feel like I’m losing my mind.”

Most women become menopausal between 45 and 60. In Australia the average age for menopause, defined as a woman’s final menstrual period, is 51. It is preceded by perimenopause, sometimes called menopausal transition, when the symptoms of menopause begin.

About 80 per cent of women will have menopausal symptoms which, according to the Australasian Menopause Society, can last between five and 10 years. For about 20 per cent of these women, symptoms will be so severe they interfere with daily life.

Not that you will hear many people talk about it, and certainly not in the upper echelons of management or board rooms. “I don’t know whether it’s fear of the unknown or it’s just a lack of understanding, but we don’t know what to do with it,” says Porter.

Undermining confidence

For some senior women, menopause symptoms seriously undermine their confidence as they find themselves suddenly bathed in sweat in a meeting, unable to recall details they used to rattle off without a second thought, or forgetting the name of the person sitting opposite.

Porter has seen it in her coaching sessions. “There is fear of disclosure, fear of the impact on a successful career, fear because the powers-that-be won’t understand,” she says. “They think ‘I won’t get promoted’ or ‘I won’t get the board position’ or ‘I won’t be invited into that forum’.”

Dr Elizabeth Farrell, medical director at Jean Hailes for Women's Health, says the stigma of menopause is a particular concern for executive women. “There’s a sense that somehow it will diminish their capacity to function or demean them. I think that the education of men and women about the expectations of what will happen when periods stop, and the time leading up to it, is incredibly important.”

In Britain, there has been a push for workplace policies to protect women going through menopause. Ruth McPhail, professor of human resource management and head of the department of employment relations and human resources at Griffith University, says workplace laws and leave provisions mean such legislation should be unnecessary in Australia.

And with women occupying only a a quarter of senior leadership roles at top Australian companies, the last thing needed is introducing measures that might stigmatise them.

“I think what is needed is a more holistic wellbeing and mental health approach to leadership,” she says. “We need to say, ‘Look, these people at these senior levels are precious and have a lot of value to us and we need to look after them.’

“Perhaps we need a regular wellness check-in for anybody in highly stressful, very senior roles. They would get advice in a supportive way that actually shows we value them as senior leaders, rather than just putting all the pressure and responsibility on them.”

According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, labour force participation of women aged between 45 and 54 rose from 46.6 per in 1978 to 80.2 per cent in 2018. Given this, McPhail says there is an economic benefit to acknowledging menopause and supporting women going through it.

“The fact is, this is not something that will last forever. Therefore we need to be prepared to support leaders and managers through that phase.”

Like McPhail, Farrell does not want to see menopause regarded as a problem. “Whenever there are events happening that impact only on women, there’s always that concern that it will be seen as a negative and therefore you can’t be trusted,” she says. “It is important to acknowledge that women are effective employees and that as one gets older, one’s maturity and life experience and capacity to work in leadership roles improves, in most cases.”

Education is vital, says Farrell, who believes anyone who deals regularly with employees, including human resources staff, should be aware of biological differences. “It’s about cultural education and learning that women’s biological processes are different from men and they’re not to be feared or demeaned.”

Porter points out that menopause has been around as long as women have, and it is important to normalise it. “This isn’t a 21st-century issue.”

Farrell says there are things women can do to help reduce the impact of symptoms, including avoiding triggers for hot flushes such as hot drinks, spicy food and moving from a warm room to a cold room or vice versa.

“If you’re one of those women who are flushing and sweating, always dress in layers. Have a hand fan, have a cold drink, you can even have a water spray to spray your face to cool it down.”

How Do I Cure Female Dryness?

By: Jacqui Olliver,  End The Problem

Feminine dryness affects women of all ages. Not only does vaginal dryness cause a great deal of pain and discomfort during sex, the resulting effect on a woman’s libido can really damage her relationship. In this article I recommend the best natural cures for female dryness and how to naturally flush the inside of the vagina with my breakthrough Inner Vaginal Flush Technique.

How to cure vaginal dryness

Whether experiencing vaginal dryness due to menopause or as a much younger woman, there is benefit in understanding female dryness and how to become in charge of naturally lubricating her vagina.

Vaginal Dryness and Pain: Why Am I So Tight and Dry?

Many years ago I treated a marriage counsellor in her late thirties who was facing a somewhat unusual dilemma. She was experiencing vaginal dryness and pain and wondered why she was feeling so tight and dry. Sometimes penetration would cause bleeding.

She explained that once her husband had penetrated and she got going she would eventually become moist, loosen up and be able to reach orgasm. However, the pain of penetration was lowering her libido and putting her off sex. 

I had to ask the obvious question: “What size is your partner’s member?”

She admitted he was very large, over 8” long with a thick girth.

Many women would see that coming toward them and start running for the hills! After all, how could something so big fit in such a small hole? 

Because this therapist would automatically tense at the thought of her husband penetrating her, the muscles surrounding her vagina would contract, therefore making her vagina tighter and more difficult to penetrate.

With her whole physiology in “fight or flight” mode, she wasn’t stimulating the necessary hormones or natural lubrication to enable penetration to be easier. 

When a person is mentally or emotionally tense, their body follows suit. This means that sexually, when a person is expecting pain, they will trigger stress hormones instead of sex hormones! This will often exacerbate a vaginal dryness and tightness issue and make sex more uncomfortable.

Combating vaginal dryness

Vaginal Dryness in Young Women

Vaginal dryness doesn’t just affect peri and post menopausal women. I recently treated a young woman for Vaginismus. This is a condition in which involuntary muscle contraction prevents vaginal penetration. She was only 23 when she found me, her vagina was very tight and dry and penetration from her boyfriend was impossible. 

Andrea (not her real name) had been to many doctors and specialists for treatment. She had received all manner of hormonal therapies and treatments for vaginal dryness and to stop the involuntary contractions, but nothing thus far had worked. She told me I was her last hope.

I treat the "root cause" of sexual problems which is frequently caused by focusing on the wrong action at the wrong time. Treating this cause can naturally provide a cure.

In this instance, we started with an opening and pushing exercise that would give her vaginal pleasure instead of the constriction and pain she was so familiar with. This had the natural effect of lubricating and opening her vagina.

As she started to embrace the fact that she would be able to experience pleasure in that part of her anatomy, she began to relax mentally and feel more receptive to experiencing a new reality during sexual intercourse.

I also taught her how to focus her attention on her partner in a way that would further relax her body. By focusing on tracing the muscles on his back with her hands and feeling into him, she took the focus off penetration.

Whereas previously she had been focused on the expectation of pain which was causing further constriction, she now feels freely able to open herself up to receive her partner’s advances.

By working with her biology instead of against it, she was able to get rid of the vaginal dryness and tightness issue and restore a happy and satisfying sex life.

Vaginal dryness solution

Feminine Dryness Menopause

There’s nothing quite like hitting your early forties and for the first time experiencing feminine dryness associated with perimenopause. Oh my gosh! The first time it happened to me, I was shocked to my core.

Even if a woman has previously felt naturally lubricated internally prior to entering menopause, her usual choice of external personal lubricant may no longer have the desired effect of lubricating her vagina effectively.

Penetration can feel like the whole inside of the inner vagina is being rubbed raw with sandpaper.

Feminine dryness at menopause can quite literally put a damper on a woman's desire for sex… and will often (pardon the pun) put men...on… pause. Menopause feminine dryness is believed to be caused by a drop in estrogen levels which causes the vaginal tissues to become thinner, drier and less flexible.

Over 50% of women are unlucky enough to experience vaginal dryness at menopause. It generally doesn’t go away due to being a result of changes in the vagina. 

However, a woman can make healthy changes to her vagina. Even after 40.

It’s important for a woman to understand how to naturally restore health, lubrication and vitality to her vagina as she ages. Otherwise vaginal dryness can affect her libido and sex life (and if she’s in a relationship this will likely lead to other relationship strife!)

Vaginal Dryness During Sex

Women who experience vaginal dryness during sex, also tend to experience a mental contamination issue known as a wandering mind. Random thoughts during sex which are unrelated to the sexual act will cancel out the flow of sex hormones which can result in her vagina becoming dry. This unwanted distraction will also prevent her from reaching orgasm.

Thoughts of a partner’s unsatisfactory technique or his own sexual function issue will often play a role here. Focusing on the wrong thing at the wrong time is generally responsible for sexual dysfunction in males and females. This is what I correct in my Sex Mastery programs for both sexes.

It’s important for a person to balance their sexual focus throughout all sexual activity to ensure they keep the sexual programs activated in their brain. This results in the right balance of hormones and muscle programs required to complete a mutually fulfilling sexual act.

Help for menopause dryness

 

What Can I Do for Feminine Dryness?

While correcting dietary intake is essential for maintaining health as a person ages, it’s not the only thing a woman can do to cure feminine dryness. Regardless of a woman's age, there are 4 essential steps to fixing an inner vaginal dryness issue:  

  1. Dealing with emotions so her body doesn’t contract in preparation for fight or flight
  2. Relaxing her mind, so her body naturally opens and becomes more receptive
  3. Using an external personal lubricant to soothe the opening into her vagina
  4. Applying the Inner Vaginal Flush Technique to flush the inside walls of her vagina

Each of these steps works to bring her body and mind into balance so she can eliminate vaginal dryness and pain.

How to Create Natural Lubrication

Saliva is very quick to dry, which renders it ineffective as a personal lubricant. While coconut oil (which I explain below) acts as an effective and natural lubrication for the outside of the vagina, it is not sufficient to lubricate the inner walls of the vagina.

I discovered this as a result of my own experience with female dryness. 

With no fast-working and effective vaginal dryness remedies available to deal with the dryness inside the vagina, I felt it was time to figure out an answer to end this feminine dilemma! 

By combining my advanced knowledge in solving male and female sexual function problems with a healthy dose of logic, I soon came up with the best vaginal dryness natural remedy and cure, ever. No more vaginal dryness and pain during penetration and intercourse!

The Inner Vaginal Flush Technique I developed was so effective that it immediately restored enjoyable sex for myself and my partner. Since then, it has become the go-to method to treat vaginal dryness in women of all ages, even in their seventies!

Menopause Dryness

The Inner Vaginal Flush Technique

Similar to the flush mechanism in a toilet, the Inner Vaginal Flush Technique immediately flushes the inner walls of the vagina to provide natural lubrication. No expensive hormonal treatments or vaginal dryness medications required. A woman can flush as often as she likes, with each subsequent “flush” providing further natural lubrication. 

What’s really interesting is that I booked an appointment with a medical professional as soon as I started experiencing female vaginal dryness to check for any medical issues. In the eight weeks leading up to the appointment, I regularly practiced the Inner Vaginal Flush Technique. 

This led to an astonishing result...

Eight weeks later, when peering inside my vagina, the surprised medical professional proclaimed that I had the healthiest looking vagina she had ever seen! She could hardly believe that my vagina was 42 years old, she said it was healthier than most women in their 20’s. 

It just goes to show that with the correct knowledge and technique most sexual dysfunction including inner vaginal dryness and pain can be remedied.

How to Apply the Inner Vaginal Flush Technique

The Inner Vaginal Flush requires a simple pushing down action. To apply the Inner Vaginal Flush Technique, a woman simply pushes down with her vagina as if she is blowing a bubble or expelling a tampon. This provides a flush of natural lubrication which immediately lubricates the inner walls of her vagina to stop vaginal pain.

Just prior to engaging in a sexual act a woman is to:

  • Bring her awareness to her vagina
  • Push down with her vagina as if she is blowing a bubble (or expelling a tampon)
  • Repeat as desired

I recommend one push while she is undressing and two pushes as her partner approaches to penetrate her. Once her partner is inside her, she may initiate one more push to really get her natural lubrication flowing. This Inner Vaginal Flush Technique will also help a woman become more aware of enjoyable sensations during sex.

Note: How to enhance awareness of sensations and orgasm when she wants to is explained step-by-step in my Sex Mastery program for women: Enjoyable Sex and Orgasms.

Vaginal Dryness Solution

Best Lubricant for Menopause Dryness

By far the best external lubricant for menopause dryness is Astroglide Naturally Derived personal lubricant or Astroglide Organix organic personal lubricant. Astroglide Organic Oil Coconut Oil personal lubricant is smooth to apply, and has the added benefit of softening the skin around the vagina which reduces irritation. It can also restore moisture, plumpness and elasticity to your skin.

To use lubrication, simply put a very small amount on your finger and trace a line around the outside entrance into the vagina. It’s important not to use too much coconut oil for lubrication because it will make it too slippery for a male partner to penetrate.

Too much oil reduces friction to the point where it can desensitise a man’s experience and cause him to lose his erection hardness.

Remember that a little Astroglide goes a long way and only a few drops are needed.

 

Natural Lubricant for Menopausal Dryness

Combining the Inner Vaginal Flush Technique with coconut oil is the best natural lubricant to combat dryness after menopause. This way a woman can restore health and vitality to the inside as well as outside of her vagina.

In my opinion, there is no question that this combination is the best personal lubricant after menopause. Along with correctly balancing sexual focus women can now restore a happy and rewarding sex life...

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In addition to this, please keep in mind that thoughts and emotions play a pivotal role and can influence a woman’s ability to produce lubrication and become turned on for sex. As she ages, this becomes even more important, as without tuning her attention toward sex she can quite easily switch off her libido.

How Menopause Affects Relationships

It’s important to make sure any relationship issues are dealt with in a timely manner as a couple ages together. This includes inside and outside the bedroom. Menopause can be an exciting time as a woman must no longer deal with those pesky monthly bleeds or concerns about becoming pregnant (for the most part).

But it can also signal a time when she needs to be more vigilant about being in charge of her emotional state and choosing to focus on her partner’s more pleasing attributes. It can be easy to blame her emotions, anxiety and relationship stress on menopause when in fact she’s just not taking responsibility for the effects of her own thoughts and actions.

Every action has a consequence and refraining from engaging in sex will eventually cause an emotional divide between a woman and her partner. This is why it’s so important to apply the above steps which can provide the best natural cures for female dryness… because a woman is equally responsible for promoting and enhancing happiness and health in her relationship.

I'd love for you to share your thoughts and questions in the comments section below. Have you or a partner experienced vaginal dryness or lost interest in sex due to sexual function issues? How has it affected your relationship?

Related:
Is There a Male Menopause?
The Best Sexual Positions for Couples Over 40, 50 and 60

 

Jacqui Olliver

Psychosexual Relationship Specialist at End the Problem, Jacqui Olliver is a published author who renews relationships by solving people's emotional and sexual issues. In the past 8 years, she has helped over 2,000 men, women, and couples restore a relaxed, happy, and fulfilling sex life and enhance their overall connection. Click here to check out her programs or to book a complimentary strategy session for real answers to solve the real problems.

 

 

 

 

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