Every day we’re bombarded with marketing messages telling us how important it is to moisturise in order to reduce the wrinkles and keep our skin young. However, there is one very important body part we’re forgetting on our anti-aging quest – our vaginas.
Before you start thinking that I’ve lost the plot, let me assure you that moisturising our vaginas is as important, if not more, as keeping our face, hands and legs nurtured and smothered in lotion. Vagina is covered with a thin layer of a mucous tissue that is highly elastic allowing us the pleasure of sex and the blessing of carrying a baby. This elasticity means that, when it’s not stretched, the inside of the vagina looks wrinkled – and that’s a good thing. These wrinkles allow the vagina to stretch up to 200% so that it can accommodate a fetus or a well-endowed partner. Unlike the ones on the face, we do want to preserve these wrinkles and in order to do that, we need to keep them nurtured and moisturised.
In normal conditions, vagina creates a physiological moisturiser, a thin liquid that lubricates the walls and prevents chaffing. However, the amount of liquid produced is often compromised by conditions that cause blood vessels to shrink (such as antihistamines used for allergies and cold, high blood pressure, lack of exercise) or a lack of estrogen (estrogen is reduced in menopause, or while using any anti-estrogen medicine). Other causes of vaginal dryness can be childbirth, breastfeeding, suffering from Sjögren’s syndrome, cancer treatment, surgical removal of ovaries, taking hormonal contraception, etc.
Another big cause of vaginal dryness is lack of foreplay – the role of foreplay is not only to get you in the mood, but also to prepare your vagina for penetration. By skipping it, you may experience burning, discomfort and even pain during sex.
If you experience vaginal dryness during sex, don’t forget to use a lubricant. Keep in mind that even though a lubricant may help you with dryness during intercourse, they’re not designed to be used on everyday basis – lubricants are usually very slippery and messy. That is why you should use a vaginal moisturiser to keep your vagina wrinkles elastic.
What is a vaginal moisturiser?
The main difference between a lube and a moisturiser is that, as I’ve said before, lubricants are designed to be used during a sexual intercourse – they’re very slippery and they don’t usually last very long, simply because they’re not intended to contain moisture for long. On the other hand, this is the main task for the moisturisers – not only that they provide enough moisture to keep everything running smoothly, but they also retain larger amounts of water in order to keep the vagina moisturised for longer. That is why vaginal moisturisers are a perfect solution for everyday use. The biggest difference you may notice when using a vaginal moisturiser is when you’re doing any physical activity. Many women stop exercising because of the discomfort they feel caused by vaginal dryness. Moisturisers allow you to walk, run, cycle or exercise in the gym without experiencing burning, itching or pain. Also, moisturiser can replace lube during sex, or at least allow you to use less of it.
When choosing a vaginal moisturiser, pay attention to these factors. A moisturiser shouldn’t contain any irritating substances such as dye, fragrance, alcohol, etc. Always check whether the product is safe to use with condoms. Also, the moisturiser shouldn’t disturb the physiological acid-alkaline balance in the vagina.
Stay happy and moisturised,