Home remedies for vaginal dryness

Can changing your exercise routine and eating more soybeans really help cure vaginal dryness? In this article we have collected (some unexpected) natural remedies that you can try at home.

If you experience vaginal dryness there are different treatments to consider, such as vaginal creams, which are known to reduce the vaginal dryness. Using hormones to treat vaginal dryness is one option but nowadays there is also a vaginal gel available over the counter, with clinically proven effect. Read more here. There are also natural remedies you can try as a complement to your treatment.

Some of them are simple daily things you can do to improve your vaginal health or actions to add to your daily routine. Something to always keep in mind is that everybody is different. Moderation is key here, so make sure to listen to your body and immediately stop if your vaginal dryness gets worse. In other words - try and see what feels right for you and your v-area. 

Dietary changes

What we eat affects both our mental health and our bodies – and the vagina is no exception. Something as simple as drinking more water has been proven to relieve vaginal dryness, especially during pregnancy. There are also certain vitamins and nutrients that might help if you struggle with vaginal dryness.

Probiotic food does not only boost your immune system, but it also promotes the growth of healthy bacteria which is good for your vaginal pH balance.

Examples of probiotic foods include:

  • Yoghurt
  • Kombucha
  • Kimchi
  • Sauerkraut
  • Miso

Some research also suggests that food containing soy can help since it is naturally high in estrogen, which keeps the vagina moist. Therefore, you might want to try adding soybeans or tofu to your diet. However, the research has not yet found the optimal soy dose for vaginal dryness. Again, moderation is key with all dietary suggestions.

Vitamin E

There has been a debate around vitamin E as a treatment since Khloe Kardashian said she used it as a remedy for vaginal dryness. Her statement has been criticized by some and adopted by others. One study was able to prove vitamin E being efficient in treating vaginal dryness but others warn it can make the problem worse. Discuss your diet with your doctor and make sure to use everything in moderation.

Stay sexually active

Sexual activity, alone or with a partner, has several health benefits like decreased stress levels and stronger immune system. But did you know it can also relieve symptoms of vaginal dryness? The reason being an increased blood flow to your vaginal area which helps keep the vagina moist. 

However, since pain during intercourse is one common symptom of vaginal dryness, make sure to take it slow and put effort into the foreplay to make it more enjoyable. If you are still experiencing pain, there are lubricants you can use. Natural remedies include coconut oil, aloe vera and jojoba. 

Hygiene products

When you experience vaginal dryness, it is extra important to make sure that the products you use down there are made for sensitive vaginas. Make sure to use non-scented products and breathable fabrics.

Some things to keep an extra eye on include: 

  • Detergent
  • Cleanser
  • Soap
  • Underwear (cotton is preferable) 

Exercise regularly

Exercise has many benefits, but did you it is a great way of increasing blood flow and balance hormone levels? This means your exercise routine could actually help cure vaginal dryness.

According to healthline continuity is more important than intensity, even walking 30 min per day can make a big difference. As a matter of fact, really intense exercise can actually have the opposite effect and make your vagina feel drier. Try and see what feels like a good level of intensity for your body.

Another type of exercise that have proven effective for vaginal dryness is pelvic floor exercises, also known as Kegels. Kegels help strengthen your vaginal muscles but also increase blood flow which is correlated with a moist and happy vagina.

All of the mentioned suggestions are alternative treatments for you to try at home. However, if your vaginal dryness gets worse or if you feel worried, it is important to consult with your doctor to make sure there is no underlying health problem such as an infection causing the issues. Infections cannot be cured with natural remedies and should always be consulted with your doctor.

We hope that the tips in this article can inspire you to make positive changes for your vagina. If you are considering treatments beside natural remedies we recommend our article about how to choose the right v-gel for you