Vaginal dryness or vaginal atrophy is an ailment that can affect women at any age. As women age the vaginal lining starts thinning resulting in symptoms of dryness. This disease is more common among the women in their menopausal phase, 80% of the women entering the menopause suffer from this disease and around 50% of them continue to have a dry vagina even after the menopause.
The vagina is kept moist by the mucous membranes present in the vagina. Estrogen produced in the female body encourages the vaginal tissues to keep the vagina moist. As women reach their menopausal age, (45-55 years) the ovaries produce lesser estrogen resulting in thinning and dryness of the vaginal skin.
Vaginal dryness is also seen in the conditions (like breast cancer, endometriosis, fibroids or infertility) that require treatment with anti-estrogen drugs. Instances of vaginal dryness are also seen in women after childbirth or while breast feeding but, the symptoms are temporary and less severe. Vagina can also get irritated with some soaps, tampons, condoms, laundry detergents, perfumes or douches.
With the increased life expectancy the effect of vaginal atrophy on sexual functioning, urogynaecologic health and quality of life is becoming more pronounced. Therefore, it is very important that a timely treatment is initiated for this condition.
Symptoms and Causes Of Vaginal Atrophy
Vaginal atrophy is very common but only 20-25% of the cases seek medical help because of the intimate nature of symptoms.
Some of the symptoms of vaginal atrophy are:
The main cause of vaginal atrophy is decline in the production of estrogen. Decline in the production of estrogen is seen in the following instances:
If, vaginal atrophy is left untreated then it can lead to many complications like increased chances of contracting vaginal infections and urinary tract infections.
The modern medicine does offer treatments like non-hormonal treatment (e.g. vaginal moisturiser, lubricants) and hormonal therapy for vaginal atrophy but they do not ensure a long term relief rather long term hormone therapy increases the risk of cancer.
Therefore, considering the therapeutic healing techniques offered by Ayurveda are ideal for this ailment. Ayurveda treats an individual constitutionally thus eliminating the root cause of the symptoms. With the added advantage of no or minimal side effects it’s an ideal treatment to opt for.
Nature has provided us with many effective ayurveda herbs that can treat vaginal atrophy. Some the herbs that are widely used for the ayurvedic treatment of this disease are:
Dashamoola (Roots of ten herbs)- It’s a herbal decoction prepared from the roots of ten herbs. Dasha means ten and moola means roots thus the name dashamoola. It is known for its anti-inflammatory and metabolism regulatory properties.
Shatavari (Asparagus Racemosus) - It is one of the most potent herbs that has rejuvenating and revitalising effects on the female reproductive system. It balances the female sex hormones due to its natural phytoestrogen content. It is an excellent remedy for feminine dryness. Shatavri supplements are generally taken with milk.
A research paper presented by Dr. Kuwar Rekha Chhagan Et al. listed a variety of Rasayana herbs that were studied. These herbs are capable of strengthening the immune system. For example one of the herbs named ‘Shatavari’ has proved to be useful and beneficial for women of any age-group.
Charaka has categorized it as Balya, Vayasthapana and Shukrajanana. Also, he has cited it as rejuvenating to Rasa and Mamsa dhatus and Mamsavaha srotasa. It is found that Shatavari contains natural phytoestrogens which can be used as a substitute for synthetic HRT. Its intake works by gently and naturally rebalancing estrogen levels in the body.
Ashoka (Saraca asoca) - This is an excellent herb for balancing the female hormones. This herb has amazing healing and health properties for the female reproductive system. It helps strengthen the uterus membrane and the urinary tract.
Shilajit (Mineral pitch) - It is known as a natural energy booster. It enhances regeneration of cells and prevents free radical mechanism. It also helps in minimizing the effect of premenstrual syndrome.
Daruhaldi (Berberis aristata) - It contains vitamin C, pectins, tannins, potassium, calcium, magnesium, phosphorous and iron. It has all the qualities of turmeric and thus has excellent healing and blood purifying properties.
Punarnava (Boerhavia diffusa) - This herb has fantastic anti-inflammatory properties. It is well known for its swelling reducing properties.
These ayurvedic herbs are excellent remedies for dry vagina. They have amazing medicinal and health giving properties. They have been known to mankind for thousands for years and their healing properties are well established. They work naturally with the body’s system and restore health.
In a research article presented by Priyanka Kulkarni, Pramod Khobragade, the review highlighted that herbs like Shatavari, Ashok are used in treating menopausal symptoms like vaginal dryness. These herbs consist of Phytoestrogens that replicate bodily hormones and reduce the effects of menopausal syndrome like dryness of the vagina and help improve quality of life.
The review paper states that ‘Vitiated Vyana Vata and Rasa Dushti’ also causes vaginal dryness involving Artavavaha Strotas (channel carrying menstrum). Shatavari and Kumari are uterine tonics that are used to improve vaginal lubrication and discharge. Moreover, judicious use of these herbs that have phytoestrogens provides relief from the menopausal symptoms and further lower the risks of breast cancer and osteoporosis.
Natural Remedies For Post-Menopausal Dryness
Some of the remedies that will definitely help in increasing the female wetness are:
Sesame oil- Massage the walls of your vagina with a cotton ball dipped in sesame oil for around two weeks to restore the lubrication.
Aloe Vera gel- This herb is known for its fantastic moisturising properties, it helps keep the female reproductive system in good health. It can be taken with winter cherry and saffron added to a glass of milk. This concoction can be taken at night before going to bed.
Fenugreek seeds- Boil a teaspoon of fenugreek seeds with water for 15 minutes, allow it to cool and drink it once a day.
Oat straw- Take a cup of oat straw on daily basis. This will help reduce stress, anxiety and blood sugar thus, increasing the vaginal lubrication.
Last but not the least drink 8-10 glasses of water every day. This will keep you hydrated and flush out the harmful toxins from the body.
The above mentioned natural remedies are especially effective for menopause dryness.
The goodness of Ayurveda is time tested and is known to mankind for thousands of years. In the past few years people are returning to this nature inspired form of treatment. Pure herbal Ayurved Clinic in Melbourne is one such place where you can rest assured for the most authentic herbal treatment for any disorder.
According to Ayurveda, every human body so completely different that it’s just not possible to manufacture ‘one size fits all’ drug. And as we are firm believers of Ayurveda so we take a detailed case study to assess the constitution of every patient before initiating the treatment.
We choose the best quality herbs to formulate the most authentic herbal medicine. We are proud of our team of Ayurvedic doctors in Melbourne who are always ready to help with a smile. Panchakarma detox is an indispensable part of our treatment. It eliminates harmful toxins thus making an individual feel rejuvenated and revitalised. Armed with the knowledge of this ancient science of healing we aspire to provide the best ayurvedic treatments in Melbourne.
Make your appointment with Dr Saini to find out best possible natural way to recover from dry vagina or atrophy.
1.Priyanka Kulkarni, Pramod Khobragade (2016) Phytoestrogens Medicinal Herbs - Safe and Effective Alternative to Hormone Replacement Therapy in Menopausal Syndrome. https://www.ejmanager.com/mnstemps/140/140-1505497181.pdf?t=1556819671
2.Dr. Chaudhari Saudamini S, Dr. Kuwar Rekha Chhagan, Dr. Gaikwad Rutuja Sandip. “A Conceptual Study - Menopausal Syndrome from Ayurveda Perspective.” IOSR Journal of Nursing and Health Science, Ver. V, Issue 1, Volume 6, 80-86. Doi:10.9790/1959-0601058086 http://www.iosrjournals.org/iosr-jnhs/papers/vol6-issue1/Version-5/L0601058086.pdf
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