1. Menopause: a journey, not a destination
Menopause isn't just about stopping your periods. It is a period of transition, a new chapter. This is a natural phase that can last several years. Hormones boiling, your body changes, adapts. Hot flashes, mood swings, these are all perfectly normal, even if they are not always pleasant.
2. Vaginal dryness: A taboo subject? Not here !
Vaginal dryness is one of the consequences of menopause that is perhaps the least talked about, but has a significant impact on women's lives. Imagine feeling constant discomfort, burning or even itching almost every day. This is a reality for many women, and it's far from pleasant.
Origin of vaginal dryness
The vaginal mucosa is naturally lubricated thanks to estrogen , these female hormones. These same hormones which see their levels decrease drastically during menopause. So, when they are lacking, the mucous membrane thins and produces less lubrication. This is where vaginal dryness begins.
Thinning of vaginal tissues
Decreasing estrogen levels can lead to vaginal atrophy, which means vaginal tissues become thinner, less elastic and more fragile.
Estrogen also plays a role in the vascularization of the vagina. When estrogen levels drop, blood flow to the vaginal area may decrease, which can lead to dryness and irritation.
Impacts on daily life
Beyond simple discomfort, this dryness can impact several aspects of daily life. Wearing tight clothes can become uncomfortable.
Physical activities, such as cycling or certain yoga positions, can cause pain. And that's not all. 🚲
Personal life disrupted
The consequences of vaginal dryness on sexual life are far from negligible. Penetration can become painful , or even impossible for some, causing apprehension about sexual intercourse.
This apprehension can lead to a drop in libido , a reduction in self-confidence and sometimes even tensions within the couple . It is essential to communicate with your partner, to express your feelings and needs. An understanding partner will be a real lifesaver in these moments.
Break the silence
It is essential to break the taboo around vaginal dryness. Talking about your symptoms to your doctor, friends or other women of menopausal age can help you understand better, feel less alone, and above all help you find solutions.
Because yes, solutions exist to improve daily comfort and intimate life.
3. Conventional solutions: The range of possibilities
Vaginal dryness is not a new problem, and many solutions have been developed over the years to address it. Conventional solutions , widely prescribed and accessible, often offer relief, but they are not without flaws.
Topical estrogens: Local hormonal treatment
These are medications delivered in the form of creams, ovules or vaginal rings . Their role ? Compensate for the drop in estrogen by locally providing this hormone to the vaginal mucosa. Although they are effective for many women, these solutions have their limits. Certain side effects may occur, and not all women can use it, especially in the presence of certain pathologies or medical history.
Synthetic lubricants: A common solution, but...
The industry has flooded the market with lubricants of all kinds . If their primary role is to provide a quick solution to drought, they are not always suitable. Some contain chemicals and perfumes that can irritate, others have an unpleasant texture or leave an unpleasant residue after use.
- Foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids: Omega-3 fatty acids, found in foods such as fatty fish (salmon, mackerel, sardines), walnuts, flaxseeds and flaxseed oil , can help reduce inflammation in the body, which can contribute to vaginal comfort.
- Foods Rich in Phytoestrogens: Some foods contain compounds called phytoestrogens that act similarly to natural estrogens in the body. Foods rich in phytoestrogens include soy, tofu, lentils, beans and flaxseed.
- Antioxidant-rich foods: Antioxidants, found in colorful fruits and vegetables, berries, green leafy vegetables and citrus fruits, can contribute to the overall health of the body, including that of vaginal tissues.
4. The appeal of natural lubricants
Reconnecting with nature has always been one of the fundamental human quests. And when it comes to our privacy, this need for naturalness becomes even more pressing. Natural lubricants come as a breath of fresh air in a world of synthetic products.
Why choose natural?
Natural lubricants, unlike their synthetic counterparts, are often free of harsh chemicals , parabens , glycerol , or other substances that can cause irritation. They respect the vaginal pH, thus guaranteeing a balance of the intimate flora.
The Powerful Difference: Our water-based intimate gel
At Puissante, we have taken the time to understand your needs. Our water-based intimate gel is a delicate formula designed for women going through menopause. Without perfume or coloring, its pure composition ensures gentle lubrication, similar to natural lubrication, while avoiding the risk of irritation. Its use is even more beneficial when using our vibrators , guaranteeing an experience without friction or discomfort.
Using a natural lubricant means investing in your intimate health . The gentle formulas allow regular use without attacking or unbalancing the vaginal flora. Furthermore, from an eco-responsible perspective, turning to natural also often means choosing cruelty-free, biodegradable products with environmentally friendly packaging.
5. The different types of natural lubricants
The world of natural lubricants is as vast as it is varied, meeting specific needs and individual preferences. Here is an overview of the most common:
Aloe Vera: Naturally soothing
Aloe Vera is known for its moisturizing and soothing properties. Aloe Vera-based lubricants provide a soft, hydrating sensation, ideal for sensitive skin. In addition, its neutral pH makes it compatible with the vaginal flora.
Coconut oil: Tropical sweetness
The popularity of coconut oil is well established. In addition to its culinary uses, it has found its way into the bathroom. As a lubricant, it offers a rich and creamy texture, however, it is not compatible with latex condoms.
Sweet almond oil: Sweetness incarnate
Sweet almond oil is appreciated for its light texture and its ability to deeply hydrate. It is particularly suitable for dry and sensitive skin. However, like coconut oil, it is not for use with latex condoms.
Water-based lubricants: Simplicity and effectiveness
Water-based lubricants, like that of Puissante , have the advantage of being light, non-greasy and easy to rinse. They are also, in general, compatible with all types of condoms and intimate toys.
At Puissante, we designed it so that it lasts a long time and is as pleasant as possible during your intimate moments, alone or with others! Made up of 99.6% ingredients of natural origin, it is gentle and ensures that your flora is pampered as much as possible!
6. How to choose the right one?
Read the labels! As with a good wine or a dish in a restaurant, the ingredients are essential. Also ensure compatibility with condoms if you use them. And, a little tip: do a test on a small area of your skin first. Prevention is better than cure !
There are treatments available to relieve intimate dryness during menopause, including the use of vaginal moisturizers, lubricants, and in some cases, hormone replacement therapy (HRT) containing estrogen to restore hormone levels and improve health vaginal.
7. Tips for optimal intimate health
In addition to a good lubricant, there are other habits to adopt. Hydration is essential.
You are thirsty ? Your skin and your intimate area too! 💧
Probiotics can also help maintain the balance of your vaginal flora.
And don't neglect Kegel exercises : they strengthen the pelvic floor and improve the sensation during intercourse.
Strengthening these muscles can improve bladder control, reduce urinary leakage and increase self-confidence. Kegel exercises can also improve sexual health during menopause. By strengthening the pelvic floor muscles, they can contribute to better sensation during sex and better vaginal lubrication, which can reduce intimate dryness and pain during sex.
Menopause is a stage, certainly overwhelming, but one that does not define who you are.
You are still this dazzling woman, full of life and desires. Don't forget to take care of yourself, and remember that at Puissante, we are always by your side. 🌟
It is important to discuss these concerns with a healthcare professional, as personalized solutions can be offered to alleviate these discomforts and promote better intimate health during menopause.