I have peaked your curiosity, haven't I? I know, not your typical beauty-related post, but one that covers an interesting (and important) topic nonetheless, and that is vaginal dryness. This is a topic that I believe should be more openly discussed - if you are a woman (which I know most of you reading this are!), you have most likely experienced this kind of discomfort at one time or another, and knowing there are products out there that can help, such as the Vagisil ProHydrate Natural Feel Moisturizing Gel*, is a relief in itself! My goal here is to make intimate care less taboo, and let others know that those dealing with dryness down there are not alone - in fact, it is quite normal and we should not feel embarrassed to talk about it, even with our doctors.
What are the causes of vaginal dryness?
The main cause of vaginal dryness is hormonal change and is not limited to menopause or peri-menopause, as pre-menopausal women can also experience it due to some of the following reasons:
- Certain medications (like antihistamines and birth control pills)
- Other hormonal shifts, such as post-pregnancy
- IVF treatments
What would be the best way to describe ProHydrate you ask?
Think of it as an 'eye cream' for the vagina, providing fast-acting and long lasting relief, as the gel coats the vaginal wall and then slowly releases moisture over time. Formulated without estrogen, perfumes, dyes or preservatives, the key ingredient of this product is Hyaluronic Acid (HA), a naturally occurring hydrator found in the skin (and which I've previously talked about on the blog as it is commonly used in skincare)! This acid holds 1,000 times its own weight in water, making it feel like your own natural moisture. The level of HA in our skin decreases as we age, which explains why we experience more overall dryness as the years go by.
How do I use Vagisil ProHydrate?
One box comes with 8 single-use, individually wrapped pre-filled applicators that are discreet and easy to use. Simply grip the applicator by the tube and twist off the end after ensuring the product has moved down, and then insert into your vagina (you can also expel a bit of product to lubricate the tip to make insertion easier too). Then, squeeze firmly to deposit the gel, remove and discard the tube. What I like is that this product does not have to be used daily as it is effective for a period of 3 days by providing continuous comfort.
Vaginal dryness can really affect your quality of life and relationship with your partner, and using a vaginal lubricant such as Vagisil ProHydrate can make intimacy more comfortable. Other benefits include making sitting, standing, exercising and urinating less painful by relieving irritation, burning and soreness.
Speaking of irritation, itchiness down there is also a not so fun one to deal with. It can happen for a variety of reasons, ranging from wearing underwear that is too tight, allergic reactions to detergents, wearing pads and pantyliners and the list goes on! Knowing that there is a quick fix is reassuring, and the Vagisil Extra-Strength Anti-Itch Creme* works to instantly relieve that burning itch, containing soothing vitamins A, D, E and one of my favourites, aloe vera. This product also deodorizes by keeping odour at bay - simply apply to the affected area, up to four times per day for a happier down there.
Lastly, I also want to talk about cleaning your lady parts, because yes we should all be mindful of keeping our vagina happy by combatting odour caused by discharge and perspiration. The Vagisil pH Balance Feminine Wash* works to cleanse this delicate area and keep you feeling fresh all day: I use it once daily in the shower. Using a product that is hypoallergenic and clinically proven to maintain a healthy pH level is the way to go, and this one offers just that!
I hope by shedding light on vaginal dryness and intimate health, this posts helps end the stigma that surrounds us women taking care of our intimate parts. As with any condition, do seek help from a medical professional who can address your concerns should you have any.
Have you tried or are looking into trying any of the Vagisil products?
*Disclaimer: This post was sponsored by Vagisil and written in accordance with my Disclosure Policy.
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