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We get a lot of questions about vaginal health. Here's a roundup of how to treat vaginal dryness, vaginal irritation, and vaginal itching for good!
How to treat Vaginal Dryness
Vaginal dryness is an uncomfortable condition that affects many women globally. The condition is commonly caused by menopause, childbirth, and hormonal birth control. Vaginal dryness can be extremely painful and diminish one’s healthy sexual intimacy. However, you do not have to suffer with this. Luckily, some effective methods can alleviate vaginal dryness and bring you all-day comfort. Remember, when purchasing hygiene products, opt for pH-balanced, fragrance-free toiletries for optimal vaginal health.
- Water-based lubricants - for vaginal use are an excellent option during sexual activities. The lubricants will provide the vagina with moisture to lessen friction, alleviate discomfort, and bring about immediate relief.
- Vaginal moisturizers - can be used daily on the vagina to keep the vaginal tissues hydrated. It can provide all-day relief.
- Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) - is an effective medical treatment for menopausal women due to the loss of estrogen and progesterone. These hormones help produce higher levels of lubrication, improve vaginal health, and strengthen vaginal tissues. Hormone replacement therapy restores hormonal balance by replacing the estrogen, progesterone, or both that are not being produced due to menopause. HRT can be a great solution for those going through menopause and dealing with vaginal dryness. Discuss that with a medical professional before undergoing this treatment for the best-individualized quality care.
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How to treat Vaginal Irritation
Vaginal irritation can stem from a variety of different reasons, such as poor hygiene, irritants, and even clothing choice. To treat vaginal irritation, try these methods:
- Maintain proper hygiene - Start and end your day by washing the vagina with a pH-balanced, fragrance-free feminine soap. You should only use products that are designed for vaginal use. So, do not wash down there with hand soaps, regular bathing soaps, bleach, or any harsh products. Gently scrub the external part of the vagina with a wash, rinse completely, and pat the area dry with a soft towel to prevent more irritation. Avoid all scented vaginal products, such as lotion or sprays, as they may worsen the irritation.
- Wear breathable cotton underwear - to keep the area ventilated and fresh. Cotton underwear keeps the vaginal area dry instead of soaking up in its own juices.
- Avoid tight-fitting clothes - to less friction and irritation. Tight-fitting clothing can further the irritation and create the perfect environment for yeast and bacteria to thrive.
- Avoid irritants - The vaginal area is super sensitive. Exposure to chemicals in feminine washes, sprays, and menstrual products can irritate the skin and lead to vaginal irritation. Also, avoid heavily fragranced detergents, scented hygiene products, and lotions that may come in contact with the vaginal area.
If you have tried these methods, and nothing is helping ease the irritation, you should contact your medical doctor for treatment. You may need a prescription for vaginal irritation medication, such as ointments, to alleviate your symptoms.
How to treat Vaginal Itching
Vaginal itching may be a symptom of various factors, such as fungal yeast infections, bacterial vaginosis, sexually transmitted infections (STIs), low estrogen, irritants, vaginal dryness, or skin conditions. To alleviate vaginal itching, try to
- Practice proper hygiene and use fragrance-free hygiene products.
- Wear 100% cotton panties to minimize the itching and prevent further yeast and fungal infection.
- Try our Kushae Vaginal Boric Acid Suppositories + Probiotics & Aloe for immediate relief from yeast infection and bacterial vaginosis.
- Take a baking soda bath if you have a yeast infection or a skin condition (i.e., psoriasis).
- Do the plain Greek yogurt method - insert Greek yogurt directly into the vagina or coat a tampon in Greek yogurt and insert that into the vaginal canal.
If your symptom persists or worsen, and you have accompanying symptoms, such as pain, blisters, redness, or swelling, talk to your doctor about the best treatment. If you need more help dealing with irritation and itching from vaginal dryness, check out our vaginal dryness products here.