Things a little dry in the city center? An estimated 17 percent of women ages 17 to 50 have problems with sex due to vaginal dryness and pain.
If you need help with lubrication, something in your add-on closet may help.
What Vitamins Can Help Increase Vaginal Lubrication?
These vitamins and supplements * might * compensate for hormonal changes to help keep vaginal juices flowing:
Here’s what science has to say about taking supplements for vaginal dryness.
Before browsing through the supplement aisle, consult a doctor. You can make sure that any vitamins or supplements you want to try are safe options for you and your vagina.
1. Vitamin E.
You may find that vitamin E is found in many lotions and moisturizers, bringing its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties to skin care regimen. The same properties can increase vaginal lubrication.
In a small clinical study in 2016, participants studying vaginal atrophy (a condition where the vaginal lining becomes dry and thin) took 100 IU of vitamin E suppositories for 12 weeks. Based on the improvements reported by participants, vitamin E was 76.9 percent effective in controlling drought.
Conclusion on vitamin E.
Vitamin E is thought to play a role in estrogen stability, so it could be beneficial for vaginal atrophy. Research suggests that vitamin E suppositories are a promising option, but it’s unclear whether oral vitamin E can do the same.
2. Vitamin D.
Ahhh, the sun vitamin. It is believed that vitamin D (SURPRISE!) Plays a role in hormonal balance in addition to influencing bone health, immune function and inflammation.
In a 2015 study, participants who used suppositories containing 1000 IU of vitamin D showed a significant improvement in vaginal dryness after 56 days compared to the control group.
If you’re hoping for a suppository-free option, a review of six studies in 2019 found that oral supplements can also reduce menopausal dryness.
Conclusion on vitamin D.
Very few foods naturally contain vitamin D, which is why 28 percent of people 2 years and older take supplements that contain it. (You are also more likely to be vitamin D deficient if you live in colder, cloudy climates.)
Taking a vitamin D supplement or suppository is likely to have a greater impact on vaginal dryness than using food.
3. Fish oil (omega-3 fatty acids)
Omega-3 fatty acids are an essential type of fatty acid that are important for many functions, including your heart, lungs, immune system, and your endocrine system (basically your hormonal center).
In a 2019 study, participants had elevated levels of estradiol after taking a combination of vitamin D3 and 300 milligrams of omega-3 fatty acids for 8 weeks. Estradiol is a form of the hormone estrogen that drops during menopause and can be a contributing factor to vaginal dryness.
Another 2019 study found that higher intakes of eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), two types of omega-3 fatty acids, helped alleviate menopausal symptoms, which can include vaginal dryness, itching, and discomfort.
If you’d rather skip the supplements, you can get an omega-3 boost by eating more omega-3 rich foods like salmon or walnuts.
Bottom line on fish oil
Since omega-3s play a role in hormone production, it’s no wonder they can help with drought. Your body cannot make omega-3s on its own, so it is important to get enough of foods or supplements.
Estrogen keeps the female reproductive system regular, and dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA for short) is an important source of estrogen.
Your body actually makes DHEA. Production starts to increase when you are 10 years old, peaks in your 20s, and then goes back from there.
A 2016 study found that 6.5 milligrams of DHEA daily with suppositories helped improve vaginal dryness in women after 12 weeks.
Low sex drive (also known as low libido) can also leave your sub-regions dry. Research has found that DHEA can help keep your libido regular and keep you looking a little crazy.
Conclusion on DHEA
Again with the hormones (see a pattern here?). DHEA is a hormone precursor that is important for estrogen formation. Your body naturally produces DHEA, but your levels decrease with age.
Taking a DHEA suppository can benefit dry areas, but more research is needed to see if oral supplements can have the same effect.
5. Sea buckthorn oil
This natural supplement comes from the leaves, seeds, and berries of a shrub called the sea buckthorn plant. Thanks to its fatty acid content, sea buckthorn oil prevents your skin from losing water and at the same time strengthens your skin barrier.
Since vagal dryness can be caused by thinning of the vaginal mucus, a small study from 2014 investigated whether oral sea buckthorn oil can contribute to “mucosal integrity”.
Participants who took 3 grams of sea buckthorn oil daily for 3 months showed a tendency to improve mucus quality compared to the placebo group. However, this was only a small study and more research is needed.
Conclusion on sea buckthorn oil
Thanks to sea buckthorn oil, which prevents water loss, you can see improvements in skin AND vag health with sea buckthorn oil. A supplement can be helpful if you are struggling with drought.
6. Hyaluronic acid
You’ve probably heard of the benefits of hyaluronic acid for your face, but what about your vajayjay?
A 2011 study of 42 postmenopausal women found that those who used hyaluronic acid sodium salt vaginal tablets for 8 weeks had a significant improvement in vaginal atrophy compared to those who used estradiol tablets.
A 2021 review also concluded that hyaluronic acid could be an alternative treatment for those unable to use hormone treatment to improve dryness. Studies in the review found that both hyaluronic acid and estrogen treatments improved vaginal atrophy.
Conclusion on hyaluronic acid
More research is needed to find out if hyaluronic acid can really help subdue your inner city. However, hyaluronic acid suppositories, gels, or supplements can produce positive results to avoid hormonal treatments.
Boron is a non-essential mineral, but it is still found in many foods, including leafy greens, plums, raisins, almonds, and coffee. There is still uncertainty about how boron can benefit your body, but some research has linked it to sex hormones.
A small study from 1987 found that serum estradiol levels increased significantly in women who took boron supplements, especially women who were also on a low-magnesium diet.
Estradiol levels are lower in menopausal women, and low levels can lead to vaginal dryness, irritation, and itching. However, more research is needed to find out if boron can really have an effect.
Conclusion on boron
More research is needed to find out if boron is a viable option to combat vaginal dryness. Health experts have found that 1-13 milligrams per day is a safe range for adult boron intake.
Would you like other ways to keep things au naturel in the name of lubrication? These natural remedies can help your vagina move from the Sahara to the Pacific Ocean:
- Avoid * certain * products. Soaps and feminine hygiene products with fragrances and dyes can dry out your vagina. Your hoo-ha is self-cleaning, and soaps can work with all of the good bacteria. Oh, and skip the shower too.
- Don’t skimp on foreplay. Taking the time to get the blood flowing and stimulating arousal can help create moisture.
- Drink enough. Alcohol can cause dehydration, which means less fluid for lubrication. If you hit happy hour regularly, you should also drink plenty of H2O.
- Nosh on phytoestrogens. These estrogen-like compounds found in plant foods like soy, tofu, nuts, and yams could help get your levels going again to get things flowing.
- Check your birth control. If you take hormonal BC like the pill, it may be the reason you are dry down. Ask your doctor if switching to a non-hormonal option might be helpful.
A little vaginal lubricant is often enough to create a WAP. There are more than one type of lubricant on the market. So choose one that works best for you and your parts.
- Water based lubricants. These are often the cheaper options at your local pharmacy. They may or may not contain glycerin (a natural moisturizer made from oil or animal fat). Some Cons: Glycerin can contribute to yeast infections and worsen dryness on warming (as it dries out on its own)
- Silicone based lubricant. They cost a little more, but silicone-based lubricants have their advantages: They work well with condoms, last longer, and are hypoallergenic. They can leave a little residue, but they do the job!
- Oil based lubricants. You can choose between natural oils (think coconut, avocado, or even vegetable oils) and synthetic oil-based lubricants (petroleum jelly or mineral oil). Big Warning 🚨: Do not use them with latex condoms or they will be destroyed.
Still dry? Talk to your doctor
If vitamins, natural remedies, and lubricants still don’t help, talk to a doctor about vaginal dryness. They can help you figure out what’s going on and recommend over-the-counter or prescription treatments like estrogen creams.
Grab your partner and get ready to head to the city of entertainment. Research suggests that certain vitamins and supplements may be beneficial for vaginal lubrication. Other natural remedies can lubricate things too.
Just make sure you speak to a doctor before starting any new supplement.