Menopause and Vaginal Dryness

vaginal dryness

Vaginal dryness is a very common symptom of menopause. In fact, some studies report that 40-60 percent of women develop this symptom at some point during the menopausal transition.

It not only puts a strain on a relationship but it also affects a woman’s self-esteem. Fortunately, by better understanding vaginal dryness, women can find the best treatment for it and restore their physical and emotional well-being. Let’s explore some options that my clients and I have found very helpful.

The link between menopause and what’s going on with your vulva and vagina involves hormones. Of course! Lucky for you hormones and menopause are two of my favorite subjects.

Perimenopause, which is the changes your body experiences before menopause, can start as early as your late thirties and it marks the onset of the end of your ovaries’ estrogen-producing days. By the time you reach menopause, which the average age is 51, your ovaries stop producing estrogen completely. Up until this time estrogen has been in charge of lubricating the vagina, maintaining its elasticity, and keeping you, well, juicy and sexy.

Estrogen has kept the vaginal walls lubed up, so as levels of this hormone start to dip, you may feel drier than a cactus in the desert. Physically, the tissue of the vulva and vagina becomes more thin and delicate, and the vagina becomes less elastic. Meanwhile, the pH of the vagina becomes less acidic, returning to pre-puberty levels. This results in painful sex, discomfort, and dryness.

There are several non-prescription ways to help balance estrogen and improve vaginal health.

Food
Flaxseed and pumpkin seeds help the body balance estrogen. Toss one tablespoon each of ground flaxseed and pumpkin seed–I recommend GO RAW brand–in your smoothie each morning or sprinkle them on a salad or steamed veggies for dinner. These foods carry substances called phytoestrogens that help the body create estrogen naturally. Learn more about balancing hormones with food by joining my 14-Day Hormone Balance Detox Program on July 16.  Register for it here.

Exercise
Regular exercise has been found to be beneficial for those suffering vaginal dryness.
Not only does it boost blood circulation and maintain hormonal balance, but it also stimulates activity in the adrenal glands to promote the production of estrogen. Experts recommend regular aerobic workouts such as swimming and running or low-intensity activities like yoga. In addition to this, you should also avoid doing irregular high-impact exercises as these may only worsen the condition. A 2013 study reports that pelvic floor muscle relaxation exercises performed twice daily had an efficiency rating of 92 percent.

Lubrication
Here is a product that I highly recommend from Dr. Anna Cabeca. It’s called Julva. Yes, it rhymes with Vulva! I have personally used this when I was at my wits end on what to do for painful sex. This magic cream really did help. I encourage you to try Julva. It has DHEA, a vaginal restorative nutrient in it. Julva improves vulvar/vaginal integrity, skin elasticity, and overall health, increased collagen production, supports your body’s natural inflammatory response, and protects you from free radicals that increase the aging process. Click here to get a trial pack.

Essential Oils
Many essential oils have hormone restorative properties. Some of my favorites are Rose Otto, Neroli, Jasmine, Geranium, Clary Sage, and Lavender. In my upcoming book, Aromatherapy for Menopause Success: 100 essential oil recipes to reclaim your vibrancy, I will be sharing my experiences regarding hormone balance and how aromatic plant medicine can help you during this transitional time.

Ultimate Intimacy

This recipe can be used daily or several times a week as a vulvar/vaginal moisturizer to help reduce symptoms like dryness, itching, burning, and irritation. Rose and Neroli essential oils are very nourishing to the tissues and evoke the feminine with natural hormone balancing properties.

There are more tips and recipes in my five-part video series Aromatherapy: Your Gateway to Happy Hormones. Get the series here for just $29.95.

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Scentfully,
Angela

Hormone Balance: Geranium Essential Oil

Five ways to use Geranium essential oil

to balance hormones

Geranium (Pelargonium graveolens)

Aromatic Profile: It has a heady, sweet, fresh, floral, and sensuous odor. It is a middle note.

Blends well with palmarosa for hormonal regulation and as an adrenal restorative. Use with clary sage for PMS, menopause symptoms. and stress. It pairs well with cypress for pelvic and uterine decongestant regarding heavy periods. Use with lemon as a liver decongestant and detoxifier.

According to Peter Holmes work in his book, Aromatica: A Clinical Guide to Essential Oil Therapeutics. Volume 1: Principles and Profiles, geranium essential oil nourishes the blood and regulates menstruation and menopause. It promotes emotional stability and calm as it works as a nervous system relaxant for anxiety. This oil is particularly good at regulation and restoration. Geranium addresses many female hormone issues by balancing estrogen and progesterone deficiency. It regulates and restores the adrenal and cortisol function, thus managing stress, alleviating fatigue, salt cravings, afternoon energy slumps, and menopausal symptoms. It has the ability to affect blood sugar balance and acts as a lymphatic and liver decongestant and detoxifier as well as helping with high blood cholesterol. It is also an anti-inflammatory. This oil is stellar for hormone balance.

Geranium Graphic

 

Now that you know a bit more about the properties behind this amazing oil, let’s look at the top five ways I love to use it.

#1 Craving Control

Geranium oil applied to the bottoms of the feet, both morning and evening, mixed with a carrier oil, has been proven to significantly reduce cravings for sugar and simple carbs.

#2 Emotional Support

This beautiful oil is very supportive emotionally so I use it often in mood enhancing blends. Its energetic wisdom seems to know just how to comfort and soothe in the midst of hormone chaos.

Chill Out Blend

#3 Skincare

Geranium oil is an astringent. It has the ability to minimize the look of wrinkles as it tightens facial skin and slows down the effects of aging. It’s my secret weapon to aging! Add two drops of geranium oil to an unscented organic lotion or mix with apricot kernel oil and apply it twice daily. After a week or two, you will see the look of your wrinkles begin to fade away.

#4 Hormone Balancing

This is where geranium oil works best with an overall balancing blend no matter what stage of life you are in.

Women_s Balance Oil

#5  Adrenal Support and Stress Management

The adaptogenic, or stress-reducing properties of these oils make this blend perfect for supporting you during challenging times.

Stress Away Roll-on

Here are some research studies that have been done using geranium essential oil for balancing hormones for women who are experiencing hormonal changes.

A study showing the effects of using Geranium essential oil to increase estrogen levels in saliva tests of perimenopausal women.

A study showing the positive effects of geranium essential oil to reduce anxiety in women in the first stage of labor.

A study of in vitro anti-diabetic effect and chemical component analysis of 29 essential oils products.

Research studies indicating that geranium essential oil has an effect on glucose management.

2017 Research of the effects of geranium aromatherapy on anxiety.

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Wishing you all the Best, Angela