Vaginal dryness treatment can include moisturizers, creams or suppositories applied to the vagina, supplementing or replacing natural vaginal moisturizers. To prevent dryness, regular treatment is recommended — moist tissues are strong tissues.
Applied with an applicator or by hand, moisturizers work over time to moisturize and strengthen vaginal tissues, eliminating dry skin, protecting the vagina from irritation and small tears.
For some of us, menopausal vaginal dryness is a pervasive problem, causing us itching, burning, soreness, not only during sex, but throughout the day as vaginal tissues become dry enough to chafe, tear, or crack.
It’s easy to confuse moisturizers with lubricants—it sounds as if they would work the same way—but these products work very differently. A lubricant is a temporary replacement for vaginal wetness, used at the time of intercourse. Its only goal is reducing friction during sex, and it works for a very short span of time. Vaginal moisturizers are used regularly, not just for sex, and they work to moisturize and strengthen vaginal tissues around the clock. Think of them more as prevention.