So­lu­tion to vagi­nal dry­ness

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - Bms Wellness -

VAGI­NAL dry­ness is one of the most com­mon and ir­ri­tat­ing symp­toms of menopause that many women ex­pe­ri­ence due to se­vere oe­stro­gen de­pri­va­tion.

De­creased oe­stro­gen in­duces thin­ning and loss of sup­ple­ness of the vagi­nal walls and re­duc­tion in vagi­nal lu­bri­cat­ing fluid.

If a woman has sore­ness, burn­ing sen­sa­tion, tears in the vagi­nal walls or pain and dis­com­fort dur­ing or even with­out sex­ual ac­tiv­ity, in the ex­ter­nal gen­i­tal or vagi­nal area, it could be a sign of vagi­nal dry­ness.

Vagi­nal dry­ness is also com­mon among non-menopausal women such as breast or ovar­ian can­cer sur­vivors, preg­nant or breast­feed­ing women and women tak­ing oral con­tra­cep­tive pills.

Yet many women suf­fer in si­lence as they feel too em­bar­rassed to seek help over this and also are un­aware of the prob­lems.

This can put a strain on in­ti­mate re­la­tion­ships and have a neg­a­tive im­pact on a woman’s qual­ity of life.

A re­cent Nielsen sur­vey re­ported that two-thirds of women are phys­i­cally and emo­tion­ally af­fected by vagi­nal dry­ness.

But due to in­creased life span among Malaysians, women spend one-third of their lives with menopause, mak­ing find­ing the so­lu­tion for vagi­nal dry­ness dif­fi­cult.

Pre­vi­ously, gels or lubri­cants have been the stan­dard treat­ment method for vagi­nal dry­ness suf­fer­ers, as creams against the con­di­tion con­tain hor­mones.

These are aque­ous so­lu­tions that of­ten have no sooth­ing com­po­nents.

These prod­ucts are short-term an­swers as they dry up, leav­ing be­hind an un­pleas­ant residue.

An­other pop­u­lar choice is fe­male hy­giene washes as the first sus­pi­cion is an in­fec­tion or that the vagi­nal area is not clean.

But with vagi­nal dry­ness, cleans­ing and clean­ing worsen the sit­u­a­tion and is def­i­nitely not the right so­lu­tion.

The con­stant wash­ing, fric­tion and pres­ence of de­ter­gents in­hibit the skin’s abil­ity to re­con­struct a pro­tec­tive acid man­tle and the skin can­not re­gen­er­ate it­self quickly enough.

Skin re­sponds by be­com­ing ir­ri­tated with man­i­fes­ta­tion of red­ness, itch­ing or burn­ing.

A long-term dis­rup­tion of the acid pro­tec­tive man­tle can oc­cur, al­low­ing pathogens to colonise and spread, po­ten­tially also en­ter­ing the vagina.

This ex­plains why a study found that only 10% of re­spon­dents were sat­is­fied with their treat­ment meth­ods for vagi­nal dry­ness.

Vag­isan Mois­tur­is­ing Cream is a premier vagi­nal cream in Ger­many and the first non-hor­monal vagi­nal mois­tur­is­ing cream in Malaysia.

Its dou­ble-ef­fect fea­ture mois­turises and soothes ir­ri­ta­tion, and it is clin­i­cally proven to treat and re­duce vagi­nal dry­ness.

Vag­isan treats vagi­nal dry­ness with­out side ef­fects on other health prod­ucts, does not af­fect hor­mones and is suit­able to use in­side and out­side the vagina.

For women who can­not or do not want to use hor­mones, Vag­isan is an al­ter­na­tive.

Vag­isan’s unique for­mula pro­vides mois­ture and sooth­ing lipids to the dry skin which helps to re­lieve the symp­toms of dry­ness in­side the vagina and on the ex­ter­nal area of the vagina (vulva area).

It does not con­tain hor­mones and is set at pH4.5, which cor­re­sponds to a healthy vagi­nal pH, pro­vid­ing re­lief right af­ter the first ap­pli­ca­tion.

Reg­u­lar use of Vag­isan helps pre­vent ir­ri­ta­tion and in­flam­ma­tion in the gen­i­tal area and keeps it moist and healthy.

Vag­isan is avail­able in all lead­ing re­tail phar­ma­cies.

Ref­er­ence:

Nielsen re­port, vagi­nal dry­ness: A Malaysian Women Con­text, Oct 2016

■ For en­quiries, call Cam­bert (M) Sdn Bhd at 03-5638 3660 or 1300 881 712.

Reg­u­lar use of Vag­isan helps to pre­vent ir­ri­ta­tion and in­flam­ma­tion in the gen­i­tal area and keeps it moist and healthy.

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