Vaginal dryness is a condition many women suffer in silence. It’s believed to affect over 75% of women at some point in their lives; so relax, it’s normal. At Aloe Cadabra® we are passionately committed to helping women who struggle with this personal health issue. Options exist to increase your comfort, stimulate your body to greater vibrancy, and enjoy healthy, fun, sensual intimacy at all stages of life.
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Causes of Vaginal Dryness & Medical Reasons Behind Them
Age May Be a Factor
As woman age, they experience a reduction in hormone levels, including estrogen. The lessening of the hormone estrogen is the primary cause of vaginal dryness. Years before menopause manifests itself, estrogen levels can fluctuate or drop, causing dryness and inadequate vaginal lubrication. These symptoms may indicate vaginal atrophy, which is a thinning and inflammation of the vaginal walls. Symptoms may include itching or stinging around the vagina, burning or soreness, and pain or light bleeding during intercourse. Other signs of general vaginal dryness include recurring urinary infections, urgency in urinating, and increased frequency of voiding.
Menopause Can Affect Your Body
For many women, menopause is when they first experience the symptoms associated with vaginal dryness and vaginal atrophy. It’s estimated that 75% of women report symptoms of vaginal dryness during perimenopause and menopause. Thus, women may few or no problems during intercourse prior to menopause; however once it begins, they find sex is no longer comfortable. As hormonal changes occur during menopause, the thin layer of moisture which coats the vaginal walls is reduced or not produced at all. The excretion of moisture (called vaginal mucosa) which is highest in youth typically increases during sexual arousal when additional blood flows to the vagina, but sometimes our bodies do not create enough. The resulting dryness can cause pain when engaging in intercourse.
I’ve long since gone through menopause. During menopause and after menopause, my body changed, as all women’s do. Hot flashes, dryness, increased sensitivity to stress. They all happened. My husband and I love each other deeply. We always will. But, we’d lost our spark, our magic and a part of our connection. When my son came home one day and said he had something for me to try, I was shocked (who wouldn’t be), when he handed me a bottle of Aloe Cadabra. He explained how he’d read an article about menopause and the changes people go through and how normal those changes are. He didn’t know we’d been experiencing any challenges. I took the bottle, didn’t comment, but knew that I would give it a try. Wow! Needless to say, Aloe Cadabra has been a huge help not only during intimate moments with each other, but everyday. My body feels like it’s back to it’s natural state. There isn’t any discomfort from dryness and, when the moment strikes, we’re ready to go. We’ve named the product JuJu, after one of our favorite candies. I have allergies and my body is sensitive to chemicals. Aloe Cadabra not only didn’t cause any reactions, it felt great whether I used it as an everyday moisturizer or whether my husband and I enjoyed it together. Thank you for making something that helped us rekindle our connection and find our magic. And thank you for getting rid of all the chemicals that I now know so many lubricants have. It feels great to be using something that’s all natural, which is really important to us!
Anxiety and Stress
Anxiety, stress, and extreme emotional circumstances can lead to vaginal dryness. Psychological factors can escalate to lower sexual desire. Such situation can become vicious cycles, as the symptoms associated with vaginal dryness increase women’s anxiety and stress. Stressed women often experience insufficient blood flow to the vagina, reducing regular lubrication, and, in some instances, completely inhibiting it. Intercourse becomes difficult, frustrating, and undesirable.
Pregnancy, Childbirth & Breastfeeding
While a woman is pregnant and after she gives birth, she can experience fluctuating hormonal levels. Pregnancy and childbirth create imbalances in hormones, putting a great deal of stress on the body. Normal vaginal acidity levels may decrease along with estrogen hormone levels. The acidity helps to keep vaginal tissue healthy, and if it fluctuates or is reduced, the amount of vaginal lubrication and natural defense against infection are decreased. These situations will usually reverse after breastfeeding is discontinued.
Allergies and Antihistamines Cause Dryness
If a woman has allergies and takes medications for them, she can experience vaginal dryness. Medications for allergies, as well as for colds and asthma, contain antihistamines. These antihistamines block the various effects of histamines, which cause runny noses, watery eyes, and sneezing. In essence, antihistamines effectively “dry” a person out, reducing all secretions. As a side effect, these antihistamines will indiscriminately dry out other parts of the body, including the vaginal walls.
Life-Saving Chemotherapy and Radiation
Various cancer treatments, including chemotherapy and radiation, can also reduce a woman’s level of estrogen. Treatments such as chemotherapy are somewhat generalized but toxic, altering the body’s chemistry including hormone levels. When radiation therapy focuses on the pelvic area, this can hamper the flow of blood, reduce estrogen, and decrease lubrication.
Since chemo-induced early menopause, I’ve experienced related changes in my body, one of which was vaginal tissue thinning and associated dryness. I’ve tried lots of lubricants, but many of them are made to ‘enhance’ sex, and while others may enjoy them, I find them intrusive and sometimes downright painful! Finally, with Aloe Cadabra, I found something I was comfortable with, is natural, and effective. I’ve been pleased with this product, and even better, I can order it online for the further comfort of privacy.
What You Can Do About Vaginal Dryness!
- Drink plenty of water (not soda) to ensure that your body is well hydrated and eat a balanced diet.
- Be careful about using harsh chemicals, soaps, douches and other products containing allergens, dyes and fragrances.
- Exercise to increase energy and oxygen moving through the body.
- Stimulate your sexual organs. Lubrication may take a bit longer. Spend time self-pleasuring. With a partner, slow down, take your time. Remember “if you don’t use it, you lose it.”
- Affirm yourself! You may be getting older and sexual activity can get even better.
- Enjoy all natural Aloe Cadabra® and let the aloe vera help restore your own vaginal moisture. Use as much as you need – we’ll make more.
Hi Aloe Cadabra folks,
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So, thank you!!!!!!!