What is vaginal dryness?
Vaginal dryness is a delicate topic for many women during perimenopause, menopause and beyond. From the bathroom to the bedroom, it can cause physical and emotional distress that’s difficult to explain to your provider, partner or even your best friend. Since vaginal dryness is directly linked to declining estrogen levels, women will experience it for the rest of their postmenopausal life. The good news is that, with Rory, you have the support and resources to help you through this midlife change.
As estrogen levels in the body decrease, the tissue inside the vagina produces less natural lubricant, and the lining becomes thin and fragile. This lack of lubrication paired with a delicate lining can cause irritation, itching, and burning. Vaginal dryness can lead to intimacy and relationship issues for women. Seventy-five percent of women reported it negatively affected their sex life, and 45 percent said they’d experienced discomfort while having sex. This natural biological change doesn’t have to mean the end of your sensuality. You have options and with the right treatment, enjoying sex can be possible again.
Since sex talk isn’t exactly small talk and knowledge about treatments can be sparse, many women suffer in silence. Here at Rory, we believe it’s time to start the conversation and explore your options. For vaginal dryness, a provider can prescribe, if appropriate, a cream that’s applied locally to the vagina. This application has been shown to restore the vaginal lining which leads to increased lubrication. We also carry an over-the-counter, all-natural, water-based lubricant and vaginal moisturizer. It’s vital to educate yourself about each option, including the risks and benefits of prescription products. We’ll always guide your choice with the support and resources you need along the way.
Getting the proper amount of high-quality sleep is necessary to function at your best. High quality sleep is uninterrupted and it slips smoothly through each sleep cycle (discussed below). Your body and mind both suffer if either your quality or duration of sleep is insufficient. Prolonged periods without proper sleep can compromise nearly every aspect of your health.
The American Academy of Sleep Medicine and the Sleep Research Society recommend that adults sleep 7 or more hours per night on a regular basis for optimal health. Despite this advice, the CDC estimates that about 35% of adults sleep fewer than 7 hours per night. Sleeping fewer than 7 hours is associated with (either causing or caused by) many diseases, including:
Hypertension (High Blood Pressure)
Increased risk of death
Poor immune function
Higher risk of accidents