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 the 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.
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, on the other hand, doesn’t evoke much of a reaction. It even seems to be just a failure in execution that does not affect the value of the person. The only thing hurt is the man’s ego, not his standing in society.
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 up into flour and can be 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 consumes 50 grams of sesame seed powder daily for 5 weeks, increased estrogen level and improved blood circulation.
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.
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.
Always see your healthcare provider for more information!