Vaginal drying treatment

Alternative names
Treatment - vaginal drying

Information

Question:
Is there a drug-free relief for vaginal dryness?

Answer:
Although more studies have been done to evaluate the use of soy for other menopausal symptoms like hot flashes, a diet rich in soy foods may, in theory, help relive vaginal dryness. This is because soybeans contain plant-based substances called isoflavones that weakly mimic the action of estrogen. Soy foods include tofu, soy milk, and whole soybeans (also called edamame). Avoid soy supplements, however.

Another method that many women claim relieves their symptoms of vaginal dryness is creams containing wild yam - a natural progesterone-like substance. However, no well-designed research has evaluated these creams. Moreover, many products that claim to contain natural progesterone actually contain synthetic medroxyprogesterone acetate (MPA).

Johns Hopkins patient information

Last revised: December 4, 2012
by Amalia K. Gagarina, M.S., R.D.

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