Menopause is the number one cause for decrease in oestrogen levels. The levels of this hormone can also fall in cases of decreased ovarian function due to radiation or chemotherapy, certain immune disorders, cigarette smoking, removal of the ovaries or loss of oestrogen after childbirth and breast-feeding.
There are also certain other causes besides low levels of oestrogen that can give rise to the problem of vaginal dryness like:
1. Medications - there are some drugs which interfere with the activity of oestrogen. Some cancer drugs like tamoxifen are designed specifically to do that. Allergy medicines like anti-histamines are known to cause dryness of the mucous membranes including the lining of the vagina. Other drugs used for hypertension, anti-depressants can also cause this symptom.
2. Sjogren's Syndrome - is an autoimmune disorder, which causes dryness of the eyes, mouth and vagina. However this is not a very common condition.
3. Douching - Some women cleanse their vagina with a liquid preparation, this is known as douching. However this can cause disturbances in the normal chemical balance in your vagina producing inflammation and dryness.
4. Infection - is another cause for dryness of the vagina as it disrupts the vaginal lubrication. Chronic yeast infections, bacterial infection of the vagina and sexually transmitted infections like Trichomoniasis are all known to cause problems with the vaginal lubrication.
SYMPTOMS EXPERIENCED ALONG WITH VAGINAL DRYNESS
Besides dryness of the vagina women suffering from this condition also complaint of:
2. Burning sensation
3. Pain during sexual intercourse
4. Irritation in the vaginal region
5. A feeling of pressure
6. Sometimes bleeding after sex
TREATMENT FOR VAGINAL DRYNESS
There are many hormone therapies available in the market. A lot of gynaecologist also prescribe hormone replacement therapy for women going through menopause. However a recent study shows that this is not safe and can give rise to other potential problems.
In Homoeopathy we always treat the patients on the basis of symptoms and signs of that particular individual especially in chronic cases. The constitution of the woman in these cases is very essential for selecting the correct remedy. Here are a few Homoeopathic remedies used in treating these conditions. Homeopathic medicines are natural and work at the root level to increase vaginal lubrication. These medicines are safe and without any toxic side-effects. They can, therefore, be given to women of all age groups. Homeopathic medicines are most effective in treating complaints of painful sex and bleeding after intercourse from vaginal dryness. Women going through their menopause suffer the most as a result of vaginal dryness owing to lowered estrogen levels. Other accompanying complaints such as hot flushes, mood swings, irritability and low sex drive also appear as the woman transitions into the menopausal phase. The Homeopathic mode of treatment is known to offer effective recovery from these symptoms, including vaginal dryness.
Some Useful Homeopathy Medicine
Belladonna is a very handy remedy in treating cases of vaginal dryness where the symptoms are present. Along with the dryness the patient will also complaint of heat and cutting pain from hip to hip. There is a sensation as if all the organs will protrude from the genitals.
During the period the patient will complain of hot gushes of blood, which is offensive in nature.
They are worse by touch or even by slight jarring. They feel better by sitting semi-erect.
A very useful remedy in cases of dryness especially of the vagina. Here along with the dryness the patient also suffers from white discharge, which is thin, acrid and watery. The Natrum Mur patient will complaint of bearing down pain especially in the morning. They are worse from heat and emotions and feel better by open air and cold bathing. Natrum Mur is the most effective among Homeopathic medicines for vaginal dryness in cases with symptoms of soreness, itching and smarting pain along with dryness in the vagina. Women who need Homeopathic medicine Natrum Mur also complain of dyspareunia from dryness of vagina
The Natrum Mur is a brooding personality who dwells on all past unpleasant incidents. This remedy helps in cases of depression during menopause.
Strong sexual desire. May have erotic dreams. Difficult to have intercourse as vulva is extremely over-sensitive. Intercourse is painful and causes bruised sensation.Platina works well where hypersensitivity of genitals accompanies dry vagina. Platine is prescribed for both dyspareunia and vaginismus, making it one of the excellent Homeopathic medicines for vaginal dryness of this type. Itching may also accompany dryness of vagina in such cases
Dryness with bleeding after intercourse, Feeling that everything will prolapse. Suits women who are exhausted and want to escape from their situation .Sepia is recommended where vaginal dryness is attended with marked itching. Pain from vaginal dryness during intercourse also indicates use of Sepia. Sepia is also the best suited among Homeopathic medicines for vaginal dryness during menopause and after childbirth. Sex drive may be low in such cases .Apart from vaginal dryness, Sepia also helps deal with hot flushes and mood swings that accompany menopause. Bearing down sensation in the uterus and prolapse of uterus are other common complaints for which Sepia is frequently used
Lycopodium is selected where burning accompanies dryness in the vagina. Pain and burning are worse during and after coition.
Argentum Nitricum is the most suitable among Homeopathic medicines for vaginal dryness in cases where sex is painful and bleeding follows intercourse. Sepia is another excellent choice of Homeopathic medicine for bleeding after intercourse arising from vaginal dryness, but mainly in women of menopausal age. The women experience an aversion to sex. The genitals are tender to touch in such cases.
Vagina is over-sensitive making intercourse painful and difficult. Pains: burning, sore, bruised. May be helpful where there is a history of STI’s or if there are feelings of shame and self-disgust in relation to intercourse.
This article is written to make the reader aware of what vaginal dryness is and how it can be tackled. Kindly do not self-medicate in these cases and visit your physician if you are suffering from this condition.