Last Modified on Nov 18, 2015
If you are suffering with atrophic vaginitis, you know the issue is sensitive and requires specific treatment. This condition is one that can have a major impact on your quality of life, which is one of the major reasons we’ve done our research to find effective natural cures for you. Some of the most effective treatments include coconut oil, olive oil, and vitamin E.
What Is Atrophic Vaginitis?
Atrophic vaginitis, also known as vaginal atrophy, is a condition that involves the thinning, drying, and swelling of the vaginal walls. The condition typically occurs after menopause; however, some women experience the condition during breast-feeding or at any other time your body’s estrogen production decreases.
Atrophic vaginitis can range in severity from moderate to severe. Depending on the severity, you’ll experience different symptoms. Nonetheless, vaginal dryness, burning, discharge, genital itching, burning during urination, frequent urinary tract infections, urinary incontinence, bleeding after intercourse, and discomfort during intercourse are common. Additionally, decreased vaginal lubrication during sexual activity as well as shortening and tightening of the vaginal canal are common.
What Causes Vaginal Atrophy?
The underlying cause of vaginal atrophy is a decrease in estrogen production. As your body produces less estrogen, your vaginal tissues become thinner, drier, less elastic, and more fragile. A decrease in estrogen production often occurs after menopause, in the years leading up to menopause, during breast-feeding, after surgical removal of the ovaries, following pelvic radiation therapy or chemotherapy for cancer, or as a side effect of hormonal treatment for breast cancer.
Can I Treat Atrophic Vaginitis Naturally?
While you should seek out a qualified medical professional to best diagnose and manage your condition, you can take steps to treat atrophic vaginitis naturally as well. Options such as coconut oil, olive oil, and vitamin E oil help lubricate and rehydrate the vaginal walls while herbs with phytoestrogens, such as fenugreek and fennel, help restore the natural levels of estrogen in the body.
1. Coconut Oil
Coconut oil is a healthy fat that helps restore the body’s natural level of hydration. This treatment can be used as a lubricant or supplement to treat your condition.
2. Vitamin E Oil
Vitamin E also helps restore the natural balance in the system. It helps lubricate the vaginal walls and reduce sensitivity as well as inflammation.
Fenugreek is especially effective but should not be used by pregnant women or those who have had hormone-related breast cancer. This treatment helps restore the levels of estrogen in the body and relieves the condition naturally.
Atrophic vaginitis is not just something you should ignore. Try one of our suggested treatment options or search our database below of reader-contributed options and let us know what worked for you!
Remedies for Vaginal Dryness
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Douching with Bicarb of Soda may be a remedy for vaginal dryness.
I heard about someone who cured herself of cervical cancer by douching with bicarbonate of soda solution for 20 mins daily. As I was having problems getting a PAP smear because of vaginal atropy, I started douching with bi-carb. I didn't do the whole 20 mins, just douched. Within a couple of weeks, I was able to have a smear test with no problem and it continued to improve with the douching.
I am a sample of one, so there are no guarantees. Would be interested in others' experiences.
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Posted by Magee (San Mateo, Ca, Us) on 02/04/2010
Coconut Oil helps my vaginal dryness problem. I use it as a lubricant for intercourse. It works great for that as a temporary solution. I like using it, because it's easily applied as a solid but melts with contact. Safe, odorless, nice and soft, not runny or goopy like some commercial products. Plus I know I'm not using any weird chemicals. And a small amount goes a long way. But, it doesn't provide any permanent solution in the strengthening of the skin. I wish it did. I still have problems with occasional tearing other times.
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Posted by Molly (Baltimore) on 04/24/2014
I am nearly 50 and seem to be approaching menopause. My periods are spacing out. I have had an increase in vaginal irritation over the last several months. At first, I thought I was having trouble with reoccurring bladder infections or yeast infections (which I “treated” with natural methods), but over time noticed a sensation that could be described as either itching or burning in the vaginal area. It was becoming more uncomfortable and the feeling was like that of wearing too tight jeans, even though I was wearing lose fitting clothing. Looking here at Earth Clinic, I realized that I am probably dealing with vaginal atrophy or vaginal dryness due to menopause (Maybe it is the same thing?). Since I had some in the house, the first thing I tried was the herb, Damiana, since it increases blood flow to the reproductive organs. I took one capsule morning and evening. It actually worked! If I forgot to take it, the burning would return. Taking a Damiana capsule would help it to resolve in an hour or less. My symptoms are not as severe as some I have read here. It does not keep me awake, though I would notice it more at night. Well, since Damina was working, I decided I must need “more.” So I started to take some Black Coshosh, which is also good for menopause. Probably I should have left well enough alone. That seems to have made my period last longer, so I am quitting that. For the record, Damiana is not recommended for pregnancy, not that most ladies at 50 are too concerned about that, but if some younger ladies try this for the same symptoms, they should be aware. All your stories are so helpful I thought I would pass along mine. Molly