Feeling more uncomfortable than usual “down there?” Hidden culprits could be causing your discomfort. Check out some of our expert-approved tips for relieving vaginal dryness below.
Opt for soap-free body wash.
Harsh and scented soaps and douches can strip away the delicate surface layer of skin cells that keep vaginal tissues supple and moist. Better options include Dove Body Wash For Softer and Smoother Skin Sensitive Skin ($5.95, Amazon).
Drink water to avoid dehydration.
Fitting in six to eight glasses of water — or other non-caffeinated, nonalcoholic beverages — prevents dehydration, which worsens vaginal dryness.
Sip away symptoms.
Herbalists have long used naturally sweet fenugreek seed tea to combat vaginal dryness. To brew: Steep 1 tsp. fenugreek seeds (try these from Eat Well: $9.95, Amazon) in one cup of boiled water for five minutes; strain. Aim to drink two cups daily.
Apply over the counter moisturizer.
Unlike lubricants — which only provide short-term relief from dryness during sexual intercourse — vaginal moisturizers are long acting.
Check your medicine cabinet.
Certain drugs — including antihistamines, antidepressants, the pill and medications that treat high blood pressure, ulcers and vaginitis — can cause vaginal dryness and discomfort. Ask your doctor about possible alternatives.
This story originally appeared in our print magazine.