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Solutions for Seven Symptoms of Perimenopause

        Health | Menopause

Vaginal dryness/itching
Vaginal dryness/itching: As estrogen drops, vaginal and urethral tissues can become thinner, resulting in the production of less moisture and painful intercourse.
Susan Lark, M.D. Ann Louise Gittleman (ALG) Christiane Northrup, M.D.
Vaginal lubricants or moisturizers plump up the cells lining the vagina. Avoid antihistamines as they dry out mucus membranes. Regular sex relaxes the pelvic muscles & improves blood flow. Practice Kegel exercises for improved muscle tone and blood supply in pelvic area. Topical estriol (a natural estrogen that does not stimulate growth of breast or uterine tissue) "works wonders." You need a doctor's prescription for estriol, which you purchase at a formulary pharmacy. Use vaginal lubricant during intercourse. Topical estrogen cream, vitamin E suppositories, systemic estrogen therapy (low-dose Premarin or Estrace cream) or increased use of phytoestrogens such as soy.