Feeling “desert dry” is no walk in the park! As a woman, we’ve all experienced an occasional bout where our Vibe left us high and dry. It’s itchy, uncomfortable, and makes sex a real pain. Not just that, but it also can be painful to sit, stand, and exercise.
The good news is that you’re not alone! Everyone knows that it’s more than just a little annoying. Anything going on in your sensitive feminine area can make your life miserable, but only if you let it.
So, let’s dish the dirt! While there are plenty of ways to manage the symptoms of vaginal dryness, wouldn’t it be better to avoid the situation altogether? Well, we’re here to tell you that you can! Well, usually, that is!
There’s nothing to prevent the onset of menopause and the likely accompaniment of vaginal dryness, but in most cases, your Vibe doesn’t have to feel like the Sahara. You can take steps now to preserve the feminine moisture inside that allows you to live your life on your terms and keep your body happy.
How can you maintain your Vibe’s normal fluidity? That same fluid allows your vagina to stay elastic and function in all of its varied and beautiful ways. So, by incorporating a few simple steps into your daily routine, you can minimize your chances of wrestling with vaginal dryness.
Sounds like a fabulous plan, now doesn’t it, hunties?
The same way people use lotion to keep their skin glowing and moisturized, you can and should do the same for your Vibe.
But, before you start lathering on the fragrance-laded lotion you already own, take a close look at the list of ingredients! Anything with artificial fragrances and dyes can be extremely irritating for your Vibe. That counts double for scented soaps, bubble baths, and douches.
Douching washes everything out of your Vibe, even the good stuff we want to keep in there, like healthy bacteria. Some women even develop infections from frequent douching and that is no fun and way to treat your Vibe! Douching tends to dry out your skin and make everything worse, so let’s avoid those, shall we, hunties?
Instead, look for all-natural feminine care products which are gentle enough to be used on your intimate skin. You can try products marketed specifically for your Vibe, like our feminine hydrating oil. It’ll help soothe and comfort the skin and prevent it from drying out. You only need a few drops and clean hands to apply it.
As a quick note, vaginal moisturizers are part of daily hygiene routine and should be applied a few times a week. Lubricants, on the other hand, are used during sexual activity. However, many moisturizers can double as lubricants, so check the label. With the right lubricant, you can refresh and moisturize your Vibe without breaking your bank!
Everyone knows how important it is to stay hydrated, right? But did you know dehydration also affects your Vibe? That’s right! Your entire body benefits when you stay hydrated. Sadly, we’re not talking about the fun kind of drinking here. We mean water! Your body needs water every day to stay happy and healthy. It plumps and rejuvenates your skin too, which is just as an added bonus.
Hydration is an easy way to keep everything slick and lubricated both inside and out. It’s become very trendy to carry your own water bottle with you when you go out, although, at the moment with the pandemic still chasing chaos, people are mostly staying inside.
While the coronavirus hasn’t been good for any of our social lives, it does mean that we have more opportunities to spend the time to get healthy. And that doesn’t mean you can get away with calling your coffee or soda proper hydration. They’re all second (or eighth or thirtieth) best compared to good, old-fashioned water. Many of these sugary or caffeine-filled beverages function as diuretics, too, which means they make you pee more. So, even though they contain water, they counteract that hydration we’re striving for.
Can’t bring yourself to drink more water? Toss some lemons, limes, or cucumbers into your water for a new, refreshing taste! There are also plenty of foods to supplement your hydration intake. Foods like grapes, watermelon, soup, and especially fruit smoothies can provide a great way to stay healthy and hydrated. Go easy on the soup though, because it is often high in sodium which actually works to dehydrate you. Even foods you wouldn’t think of like Jell-O, chicken breasts, and hamburgers can give you an extra hydration boost.
#3: Stay in The Know
Estrogen is a hormone secreted by your body that has a lot to do with your womanhood. A drop in estrogen levels can lead to, among other things, vaginal dryness. While it is most commonly observed during the three stages of menopause, it can actually happen to women of any age for a variety of reasons. You might also notice it happening after giving birth, while breastfeeding, while undergoing chemotherapy, following a hysterectomy, and while taking certain medications, such as antibiotics and anti-estrogen medications for endometriosis.
Depending on what’s causing the drop in estrogen levels, your doctor may recommend estrogen therapy. This helps your body replace some of the estrogen not being naturally produced, but your doctor may also prescribe hormonal treatment pills which prevent the dryness from happening in the first place.
Your vaginal pH balance has a lot to do with the amount of moisture your body makes. You should always be aware of what’s going on down there, and there are some easy ways to do it. Try using an at home vaginal pH test to see whether your Vibe is maintaining a healthy acidic pH level.
The pH scale ranges from acidic (1-7) to basic (7-14). A normal Vibe level is often less than 5 because your vagina is normally acidic. This acidity prevents certain infections and keeps you feeling confident. In the same way that hormone levels fluctuate, pH levels fluctuate too, so don’t worry if your Vibe’s pH doesn’t fall within the perfect range at all times.
Additionally, some types of medications like those for cold and allergy medications as well as antidepressants can lead to vaginal dryness.
If you are experiencing chronic vaginal dryness or if your pH balance seems to be off, you should talk to your doctor about it. They can perform a pelvic exam and other necessary tests to rule out certain diseases and conditions that might be spurring the dryness.
Unfortunately, there are also some serious underlying health conditions that could be causing your vaginal dryness, such as Sjogren’s syndrome. Sjogren’s syndrome is an auto-immune disease which affects your body’s ability to produce any kind of moisture.
With this condition, you might also notice a dry, cotton mouth and dry eyes as well. There are genetic risk factors involved in Sjogren’s, but it is a result of the body’s own misguided immune system attacking itself.
Your doctor will recommend the appropriate treatment for whatever is wrong, but just remember, you don’t have to suffer in silence.
Speak up! Even though vaginal dryness can be an embarrassing subject, it’s something we all go through.
Our Final Thoughts
To wrap it all up, we recommend using specialized feminine lotions and drinking a lot of water to keep your Vibe slick, smooth, and hydrated, especially during the long, hot summer.
Keep in contact with your doctor about any funny business going on down there. We know it’s been hard on everyone with the coronavirus and quarantine, but that’s no excuse to let your own health fall to the wayside. Many doctors have means of teleconference and ways to stay in touch while still social distancing. So, if you’re experiencing vaginal dryness, simply make sure to record all your symptoms and how long they’ve been going on so your doctor can determine whether you should pay them an in-person visit.
Preventing vaginal dryness just takes a proactive mindset and a little bit of work. But hey, your Vibe’s totally worth it!