How come we don’t see any commercials regarding vaginal atrophy? Everybody knows about erectile dysfunction and the many ways and means that men can address their issues. We’re constantly bombarded by commercials that promise relief but only for the male gender.

What is Vaginal Atrophy?

According to the Mayo Clinic, vaginal atrophy (atrophic vaginitis) is thinning, drying, and inflammation of the vaginal walls that may occur when your body has less estrogen. Vaginal atrophy occurs most often after menopause.

Blame estrogen, the sex hormone that regulates women’s sexual and reproductive development. As we age, our estrogen levels diminish, thereby affecting our mood, sexual desires, bone health, and, most importantly, the state of our hoo-ha.

The Bias

Nobody seems to want to talk about what women face as we mature. Even the word atrophy seems to denote a shriveling up, of turning into a hag, someone that is old and ugly, worthy of neglect.

Dysfunction, however, doesn’t evoke much of a reaction. It seems to be just a failure in execution that does not affect the person’s value. The only thing hurt is the man’s ego, not his standing in society.

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Plant Allies to the Rescue

Phytoestrogens to the rescue! Phytoestrogens are substances that occur naturally in plants. Several plants have lignans, a type of phytoestrogen that is similar to the female hormone. It may help relieve hot flashes, prevent osteoporosis and promote heart health.

Here are several plants that may help.

Flaxseed is the richest dietary source of lignans and may potentially reduce breast cancer. The seed can be ground into flour and used in bread, cookies, and scones.

Soybeans and Edamame are rich in proteins, vitamins, and minerals. Soy isoflavones can mimic the effects of estrogen. But more studies are required since the isoflavone’s effect on the human body is complex.

Sesame Seeds A clinical study has shown that women that consume 50 grams of sesame seed powder daily for five weeks have increased estrogen level and improved blood circulation.

Lubricate Me

Unfortunately, some of us don’t have the time to wait for the plants to work. When the moment is right, you don’t want to be holding back just because the flaxseed hasn’t kicked in and increased your estrogen.

This personal lubricant and massage oil are made with a highly moisturizing base of apricot and jojoba oil. The soft, sensual essence of rose and damiana invites an arousing moment for one or more. Our friends at Foria also have an excellent Sex Oil that can quicken up the process and prepare everyone for a fun night.

Ayurveda to the Rescue

Through the eyes of Ayurveda, Shatavari is one of the most nourishing and cooling herbs by nature, added here to balance excessive heat in the body and mind.

Lotus seeds hydrate and moisturize the skin to help increase skin elasticity. Their sweet scent gives a relaxing effect on the brain, muscles, and nerves for increased pleasure.

Apply CBD topically to reduce inflammation and increase circulation in the tender areas.

We are all aging, our bodies go through the growth and maturity stages every day. Shedding dry skin, losing elasticity, and more than a thousand brain cells are the realities of life. Grace is to see the changes with knowledge, preparation, and acceptance.

Always see your healthcare provider for more information!

Ezza Valdez

Ezza Valdez is an explorer with a creative passion for "DIY" projects. Growing up in the Philippines, she rallied her friends to adventures in outdoor cooking (using milk cans as pots), paper doll theatrics, and making their own musical instruments for caroling. "You can make beautiful music with a wire and a ton of bottle caps". A veteran of the IT industry with an academic background in Computer Science and Technology, she is currently a student at David Winston's Herbal Studies 2-year program.

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