Inadequate vaginal lubrication can occur at any age, but it is especially common to women during and after menopause. Any number of circumstances or combination of circumstances can cause vaginal dryness before menopause such as stress, a side effect of contraceptives, smoking, condoms, various medications and certain medical treatments. Lack of adequate stimulation and heredity can also play a part.. Symptoms of vaginal dryness may include itching and/or stinging, pain or light bleeding with sex and urinary frequency or urgency. Vaginal dryness can make sex less pleasurable or in some cases uncomfortable.
A thin layer of moisture always coats the vaginal walls. Hormonal changes as a women ages and during her menstrual cycle affects the amount and consistency of this moisture. Natural lubrication consists of a clear fluid that seeps through the walls of the blood vessels of the vagina. When a women is sexually aroused, more blood flows to her pelvic organs, creating more lubricating vaginal fluid. But, as mentioned before, this process can be disrupted.
Most women accept vaginal dryness as simply part of growing older or a fact that can’t be changed, however, this acceptance doesn’t alleviate the uncomfortable consequences. While it may be a natural part of the aging process, it can also take a tremendous toll on a woman’s quality of life.
Personal lubricants have long been the best solution for women suffering from vaginal dryness. While it’s true that a quality lubricant can help solve a sexual problem it can be more than something to use only when you “need” it. The right personal lubricant can intensify and enhance sensations, help you have sex longer and make it safer. It can help eliminate pain associated with intercourse and can be essential for certain kinds of sex play, like using sex toys and exploring anal sex. Anal sex can be painful or cause injury without added lubrication as there is little or no naturally occurring lubrication.
Figuring out which is the right lubricant for you can be a challenge. Here are some key things to consider:
Water Based or Silicone Based Personal Lubricant ?
Oil based lubrication can cause health issues. Water based lubricants flush out of and off the body more easily than silicone. They are also more widely available and less expensive. Most people don’t enjoy the “snail trail” that silicone lubricants leave behind. Because silicone lubricants don’t evaporate they can stain just about anything they come in contact with and usually require considerable amounts of soap and hot water to remove.
Our water based personal lubricants have been helping women for over twenty-five years and we believe they are the most effective and safest available. Selecting the right lubricant can be a very subjective choice and everyone has their own preferences, but we hope you will give ours a try and find out for yourself.