Vaginal dryness can be a cause of decreased libido or sex drive in women and affects nearly 50 percent of all women between the ages of 40 and 59 and a much higher percentage of women over age 65. Vaginal dryness is uncomfortable, irritating and many times makes sex painful, causing women to avoid sex. This can cause problems in relationships and negatively affects overall mood and happiness.
Beyond the effect on decreased libido, vaginal dryness can also cause soreness, burning and itching that makes sitting, standing, exercising, or even urinating painful. Normal vaginal secretions are necessary for overall comfort and sexual health. These secretions also possess an acidic pH balance which helps fight infection from bad bacteria and reduce the risk for yeast and urinary tract infections as well as urinary incontinence.
While vaginal dryness is thought to be an inevitable side effect of aging, it is really a side effect of diminished or absent hormone levels that can be treated safely and effectively with natural vaginal hormonal therapy. Estriol is a weak estrogen that is thought to be breast protective because it attaches to estrogen receptors in the breast blocking the stronger and more dominant estrone and estradiol. However, estriol cream has a strong affinity for vaginal tissue which makes it an ideal choice to rejuvenate and restore health to the vagina