A 45 year old woman came to my clinic with the
complaint of dryness in her vaginal region. She had stopped getting
her periods a few months back after which this problem started. Having
sexual intercourse was very painful and she felt uncomfortable all
I explained to my patient that vaginal dryness after menopause is
a common condition many women have to face. However not all women
suffering from vaginal dryness are in menopause and it can affect
women of all ages.
WHAT CAUSES VAGINAL DRYNESS?
Vaginal dryness is a symptom or condition experienced
by women at any point in their lives. The one of the main causes
for the dryness is the decrease in oestrogen levels. This hormone
is responsible for keeping the vaginal lining healthy and maintaining
normal acidity of the vagina. This acidity protects the vagina from
infections. But when the level of this hormone falls so does the
natural acidity and lubrication. The vaginal lining then becomes
thin, less elastic and fragile.
Menopause is the number one cause for decrease in oestrogen levels.
The levels of this hormone can also fall in cases of decreased ovarian
function due to radiation or chemotherapy, certain immune disorders,
cigarette smoking, removal of the ovaries or loss of oestrogen after
childbirth and breast-feeding.
There are also certain other causes besides low
levels of oestrogen that can give rise to the problem of vaginal
1. Medications - there are some drugs which interfere
with the activity of oestrogen. Some cancer drugs like tamoxifen
are designed specifically to do that. Allergy medicines like anti-histamines
are known to cause dryness of the mucous membranes including the
lining of the vagina. Other drugs used for hypertension, anti-depressants
can also cause this symptom.
2. Sjogren's Syndrome - is an autoimmune disorder,
which causes dryness of the eyes, mouth and vagina. However this
is not a very common condition.
3. Douching - Some women cleanse their vagina with
a liquid preparation, this is known as douching. However this can
cause disturbances in the normal chemical balance in your vagina
producing inflammation and dryness.
4. Infection - is another cause for dryness of
the vagina as it disrupts the vaginal lubrication. Chronic yeast
infections, bacterial infection of the vagina and sexually transmitted
infections like Trichomoniasis are all known to cause problems with
the vaginal lubrication.
WHAT ARE THE OTHER SYMPTOMS EXPERIENCED ALONG
WITH VAGINAL DRYNESS?
Besides dryness of the vagina women suffering from this condition
also complaint of:
2. Burning sensation
3. Pain during sexual intercourse
4. Irritation in the vaginal region
5. A feeling of pressure
6. Sometimes bleeding after sex
There are few things that you can do yourself if
you are suffering from this condition.
1. Use Lubricants - water based lubricants help keep the vagina moist
for hours. This should be inserted in the vagina especially before
intercourse to provide sufficient lubrication.
2. Moisturizers - these are also very helpful in
this condition. They help keep the vagina moist for long periods
of time. They help maintain the acidic nature of the vagina and prevent
3. Avoid using things like hand lotions or soap
in this area as it causes more dryness. Also do not sit in bubble
4. Get yourself checked by a Gynaecologist at least
once a year especially after menopause.
WHAT IS THE TREATMENT FOR VAGINAL DRYNESS?
There are many hormone therapies available in the
market. A lot of gynaecologist also prescribe hormone replacement
therapy for women going through menopause. However a recent study
shows that this is not safe and can give rise to other potential
In Homoeopathy we always treat the patients on
the basis of symptoms and signs of that particular individual especially
in chronic cases. The constitution of the woman in these cases is
very essential for selecting the correct remedy. Here are a few Homoeopathic
remedies used in treating these conditions.
The case of the 45 year old woman narrated above
received this remedy. Her personality matched that of the drug. A
Lycopodium person is always hesitant and nervous before starting
a new venture but once began they excel. This was the case with this
Also there was lot of dryness and heat of the vagina. She suffered
a lot of pain after intercourse. Sometimes she would even bleed from
Lycopodium is also good for acrid white discharge which causes burning
in the vagina. They are worse from warm applications and better by
keeping the part uncovered.
I gave her Lycopodium 200, 5 pills in constitutional
Belladonna is a very handy remedy in treating cases
of vaginal dryness where the symptoms are present. Along with the
dryness the patient will also complaint of heat and cutting pain
from hip to hip. There is a sensation as if all the organs will protrude
from the genitals.
During the period the patient will complain of hot gushes of blood,
which is offensive in nature.
They are worse by touch or even by slight jarring. They feel better
by sitting semi-erect.
Give Belladonna 200, 5 pills 4 times a day till
the problem is solved.
A very useful remedy in cases of dryness especially
of the vagina. Here along with the dryness the patient also suffers
from white discharge, which is thin, acrid and watery. The Natrum
Mur patient will complaint of bearing down pain especially in the
morning. They are worse from heat and emotions and feel better by
open air and cold bathing.
The Natrum Mur is a brooding personality who dwells on all past unpleasant
incidents. This remedy helps in cases of depression during menopause.
Natrum Mur 200, should be given taking into consideration
the intensity and severity of the case.
This article is written to make the reader aware
of what vaginal dryness is and how it can be tackled. Kindly do not
self-medicate in these cases and visit your physician if you are
suffering from this condition.