Vaginal estrogen or oestrogen is the primary female sex hormone in women and it plays an important role in a woman’s sexual and reproductive health. It is produced on the onset of puberty by the ovaries and ceased when a woman passed the menopausal stage.
It is responsible for the development of secondary sexual characteristics which are the defining differences between men and women.
In women these characteristics are the womanly curves which include breasts, wider hips and higher amount of body fat in the buttocks, thighs and hip area. This female sex hormone also contributes to the fact that women have smoother skin and have less facial hair than men.
Estrogen plays a myriad of roles in the female body. For now we will focus on its function in maintaining vaginal health.
Vaginal estrogen literally bathes the vagina and urinary tract by maintaining vaginal wetness and keeping it healthy in two ways:-
1. Promotes Blood Circulation
It promotes pelvic blood flow which ensures that nutrients and moisture reach the vaginal tissues keeping them lubricated, flexible and elastic, thus preventing painful intercourse. The plumpness and pinkish color at the opening of the reproductive organ (vulva) is maintained when the hormone is at its optimum level.
2. Maintaining An Acidic pH
It creates an ideal environment for the friendly bacteria-lactobacilli to flourish. These bacteria produce lactic acid to keep the vagina acidic (at a pH of less than 4.5) and prevent the growth of yeast which might lead to candidiassis or vaginal yeast infection.
When the level of vaginal estrogen drops the following conditions occurs:-
1. Fragile Vaginal Tissue
The vaginal tissues becomes dry, thinner, less elastic and lose its firmness and plumpness leading to vaginal atrophy and sometimes atrophic vaginitis. Both conditions are associated with vaginal dryness and painful intercourse.
The thinned vaginal walls becomes more susceptible to wear and tear from the friction and chaffing of intercourse. Sexually transmitted disease has an easier time invading the vagina through the tears so do take precaution when having sex.
2. Vaginal Infections
Vaginal mucous maintains an acidic environment in the vagina, keeping vaginal infections in check. With reduced mucous the intimate area is more prone to bacterial vaginosis and candida overgrowth.
Since estrogen is so vital in maintaining vaginal health and a satisfying sex life, how can we maintain its optimum level for as long as possible.
As hormone replacement therapy (HRT)is still controversial, natural methods such as phyto-therapy is a good alternative for easing vaginal dryness and preventing infections.
Phyto-therapy use food and herbs rich in phyto-estrogen. Phyto-estrogen is an oestrogen-like substance that structurally resemble the body's native estrogen. In many cases it has been successfully used to restore hormonal imbalance and maintain a woman’s sexual well-being.
Herbs such as Pueraria Mirifica, Oakgall (Manjakani), Black Cohosh, Chaste Tree, Wild Yam and Dong Quai are rich sources of phyto-estrogen.
As mentioned in my dry vagina remedy, this manjakani tonic pill formulated with oakgall and White Kwao Krua (Pueraria Mirifica) has been the product of choice for many of my customers to help them alleviate low estrogen levels.
Besides maintaining vaginal lubrication and libido, the manjakani pill perks up the breasts and firms tummy muscles too.
Other than supplementing with the tonic pill, I noticed that eating more soy products such as tofu, soy milk and soy protein powder is the easiest way to obtain phyto-estrogen in my daily diet.
The above regimen is also my best painful intercourse solution. Even though I have reached menopause, vaginal dryness or painful sex has never been an issue for me.
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can minimize the side-effects of declining vaginal estrogen.
Do include the above 4 recommendations in your daily life. I can assure you that you will be able to maintain your sexual and general health for as long as possible.Back to top