No one likes to talk about it, but when women reach a certain age, it is very common for them to experience vaginal dryness during intercourse. This can lead to pain and distress that goes far beyond the simple discomfort of dryness itself: Many women say they feel less “feminine,” like they might be less of a woman, worry that their romantic relationship will be impacted negatively, or report that this symptom more than any other makes them feel “old.”

Let us reassure you: this is a normal part of aging, and does not mean that there is anything wrong with you. It doesn’t necessarily mean that you are unhealthy in any way (although if you have health concerns, we always encourage you to check with your health care provider.) In fact, it’s believed that 75% of women experience this symptom in their lives! However, most suffer in silence, choosing not to speak about this “embarrassing” problem – this leads many women to believing that they are alone, unique, or abnormal.

The hormone estrogen plays an important role in encouraging vaginal moisture, and in keeping the lining of the vagina thick, healthy and elastic. During menopause or perimenopause, there is a decrease in estrogen levels, and often, a subsequent decrease in vaginal moisture. This can mean painful or difficult sex.

Many couples rely more heavily on artificial lubricants during this time, which definitely can assist. However, they can also be messy, and sometimes “break the mood” when things need to stop to break out the bottles. This can also serve as an unpleasant reminder that you are aging, at a time when you want to be focusing on other things, so many women seek out longer term treatments.

Other popular remedies include vitamin e vaginal suppositories, vaginal moisturizers, and even hormone replacement treatments.

Here at Nature’s Naturopathic, our founder Dr. David K. Shefrin, N.D., listened to hundreds of women tell stories about the challenges with vaginal dryness during intercourse. Relying on research of natural remedies for common menopause symptoms, Dr. Shefrin developed and formulated our ReNewed™ Vaginal Suppositories specifically to help relieve symptoms of all-too-common vaginal dryness while being soothing to sensitive vaginal tissue.

ReNewed™ Vaginal Suppositories contains a special formula of DHEA and other natural ingredients. The formula works locally to moisturize dry and sensitive vaginal tissues. When used regularly, ReNewed™ helps replenish the natural moisture in the mature woman for days at a time. We tested and focus grouped this product to see how it measured up, and we think you’ll be pleased with the results. “My vaginal dryness has improved! ReNewed™ is easy to use and I have noticed thicker vaginal skin and more lubrication! ReNewed™ clearly has improved my vaginal dryness,” said one member of our focus group.

If you’d like to try a natural treatment for vaginal dryness during intercourse, we invite you to find a practitioner near you who can help you determine if Nature’s Naturopathic’s ReNewed™ is right for you!