We’ve compiled a list of safe ways to lubricate naturally, for all who experience vaginal dryness.
A Silent Calamity
Vaginal dryness is a significant problem that affects about 50 percent of women of all ages, not just menopausal or post-menopausal gals. And of that 50 percent, only 20 percent of the women talk to their doctors about it. Generally, vaginal dryness is caused by lowered levels of estrogen, the hormone responsible for making fluids flow through the vaginal canal. Here are some of the many causes and statistics:
- Around 17 percent of women, ages 18-50, consistently have a hard time enjoying sex due to a lack of natural vaginal lubrication.
- Every menstruating woman experiences vaginal dryness three days prior and three days after their period, as estrogen levels fall during those times. Estrogen is the hormone that makes sure that fluids properly flow through the vaginal canal. So, that’s 6 days a month that women from ages 13-50 experience vaginal dryness.
- Women of all ages who experience hormonal imbalances, very often experience vaginal dryness.
- Breastfeeding mothers have lower levels of estrogen, which often leads to vaginal dryness.
- Eighty percent of pre-menopausal and menopausal women report vaginal dryness. Seventy percent of these women report it is negatively impacting their relationships.
- A large percentage of women on medications such as antidepressants, birth control pills, blood pressure pills, etc. experience decreased lubrication.
- Most breast cancer patients are recommended to take estrogen containment pills for at least 5 years post breast removal. It is not because estrogen is inherently cancerous, it is that some cancers seem to have receptors for specific hormones and use hormones as a fuel to grow. Meanwhile, lowered estrogen levels cause vaginal dryness.
- Women who suffer from other forms of cancer, and undergo chemotherapy, also suffer from generalized dryness throughout the body, and in women, vaginal dryness.
Vaginal Dryness Begone
Not only does vaginal dryness make sexual activity uncomfortable, but a lack of lubrication can be downright dangerous. Sexual intercourse without proper lubrication can cause pain and cuts, which can lead to various infections and diseases.
Sure, you can lube up, but most mainstream lubes come with health risks.
Let’s look at the 10 ways you can lubricate naturally.
1. Natural lubricant
Many of the solutions on this list below take time to incorporate before you see the effects. So, for immediate results, make sure you check out Curious Intimate Massage Lotion. Curious is the only lubricant on the market to include an array of potent medicinal plants that rejuvenate, nourish, and support intimate tissues while improving sexual pleasure.
Samantha Troovy was experiencing problems of loss of libido when she started looking for proven remedies. A friend of hers recommended trying this natural lubricant. At first, she was skeptical but then again she was curious to try it out.
As a woman in mid-thirties, I am always concerned with my health and well-being. After I started using Curious, I immediately felt unbridled pleasure during sexual intercourse and my sexual drive really improved. Moreover many things changed about my sexual health, my vaginal pH got maintained and a visit to my GP last month confirmed that Curious has enabled me to fight off infections effectively. What I love more about Curious is its ability to rejuvenate, nourish and enhance sexual pleasure.
Curious is also formulated to promote a balanced pH, which plays a vital role in overall vaginal health. By providing an entourage of plant-sourced oils and botanicals that work synergistically, Curious can provide cellular structural support and therapeutic phytonutrients.
2. Stay Super-hydrated
Research shows that 75 percent of Americans may suffer from chronic dehydration. It is generally recommended that each person drink at least eight to 10 cups of water a day. Chronic dehydration causes many health risks, and one of them is vaginal dryness.
According to the naturopath, Talia Mansdorf, “The best way to stay hydrated is to make sure you’re getting electrolytes in your water. Add a bit of lemon juice and a pinch of sea or Himalayan pink salt into your glass/bottle. Get creative by adding some cucumbers or fruit for flavor. ”
Remember the quality of the water is key. Ideally, you should be drinking structured clean water. And if you want to super boost your hydration, try a natural molecular hydrogen supplement like Hydra.
3. Oil of Evening Primrose
This medicinal oil helps treat vaginal dryness. Take a few capsules in combination with flax seeds. Or for maximum effect, Mansford recommends that you “Insert a punctured capsule into your vaginal cavity and let it absorb into your body overnight.”
4. Omega 3 Fatty Acids
You can also get more omega 3 in your diet with certain types of fish, such as salmon, tuna, and mackerel, sesame seeds, raw pumpkin, and sunflower seeds.
5. Phytoestrogen-Rich Foods
Part of the problem with vaginal dryness is a hormone imbalance, so make sure to include food with phytoestrogens into your diet. Phytoestrogen-rich foods include cherries, flax seeds, and other oilseeds.
6. Extra Virgin Olive Oil
High-grade extra virgin olive oil provides a lot of health benefits, and it can also sweeten your sex life in various ways. The extra virgin olive oil can even be used for internal massages, to increase lubrication. Either you or your partner can try massaging a teaspoon inside your vagina, twice a day, for best results.
When olive oil becomes a steady part of one’s diet, it naturally increases vaginal lubrication. According to Julietta Capella, whose family has been making and enjoying high-grade olive oil for centuries, “Although, I’m well into my post-menopausal phase, I’ve never had a problem with lubrication. I’m convinced it has to do with a lifetime of enjoying extra-virgin olive oil. The truth is, I’m so well-lubricated that it can often be a bit embarrassing in the bedroom.”
The intimate massage lotion Curious is made with squalane derived from olive oil. In addition to its moisturizing properties and remarkable silkiness, squalane is also used in treating skin disorders such as seborrhea, dermatitis, acne, psoriasis, and atopic dermatitis.
7. Careful Cleaning
Make sure you’re not washing your vaginal area more than twice a day. And avoid soaps or creams, especially chemical ones, since they disturb the body’s PH and wash away protective vaginal fluids. Also make sure you avoid douching, as that can really lead to vaginal dryness.
Boost lubrication with beta carotene and vitamins A and B, especially B4, B5, and B12. Also, adrenal support vitamins/supplements can really help. Some examples of B-rich supplements include Ancient Earth mineral supplements. For adrenal support, try royal jelly. Black cohosh and wild yam can help increase vaginal lubrication, but no research studies have shown this correlation. Make sure you proceed with caution if you try out these supplements.
9. Cannabinoid Oils
Cannabinoid oils are a great way to relax the body and mind and tune it into an intimate experience by activating so-called cannabinoid receptors in the brain, by digesting it orally. Read about the science and discover the market leader, Superior Hemp Oil, a certified organic oil formulated with Chinese herbs to be 10X bio-available. This product meets all FDA requirements, contains no THC (psychoactive compounds), and can be sold anywhere in the United States.
Lubrication naturally increases with extended foreplay. Other acts that build sexual desire such as watching sexy movies, sharing sexual fantasies, and enjoying sex toys and costumes can also get the juices flowing. Curious is also a pleasurable tool for massages and foreplay. Unlike toxic mainstream lubricants, which can cause pH imbalance and infections, Curious contains naturally occurring ingredients that balance pH. This is particularly important for women who are susceptible to UTI’s or BV post-romp. So make sure you enjoy the entire realm of sexual pleasure before diving into intercourse. Get wild!
Linda Miriam Aziz-Zadeh is a freelance writer and editor who is passionate about preserving the natural beauty and wonder of our bodies, this planet, and the world. She is the co-founder of Crunchy Buzz, a digital wellness marketing firm that serves the health and wellness industry.
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