Vaginal dryness is a common issue in the majority of women who have reached the menopausal stage. However, it can happen to any woman of any age. Drop in estrogen levels or thinning of the vaginal lining leads to vaginal infection, which in turn causes issues like dryness. This drop might be a result of childbirth or breastfeeding, radiation, chemotherapy or surgical removal of ovaries. Intense itching, vaginal discharge, pain, and light bleeding during intercourse, burning on urination, are primary symptoms of vaginal dryness (1). It also reduces the elasticity of vaginal walls, further adding to problems. Bacterial and fungal infections are said to be the main cause of vaginal dryness. Other causes include allergy, douching or lack of foreplay before sexual intercourse. So in case you are thinking of how to increase vaginal lubrication, we have mentioned some effective home remedies for vaginal dryness which would work wonders! Have a look at them.
Home Remedies for Vaginal Lubrication
1. Flax Seeds
Flax seeds have many health benefits including the treatment of vaginal dryness. Flax oil is considered to be very effective in treating the condition as it helps increase estrogen levels due to the presence of phytoestrogens, thereby enhancing lubrication of the vagina (2). Grind the flaxseeds and sprinkle it onto smoothies, cereals, salads, yogurt or any other food item of your choice.
Compounds in soybeans, as well as, soy products can hike the estrogen levels surprisingly. If soy is added to the diet, some relief would be experienced from the symptoms of vaginal dryness. Being rich in phytoestrogens, proteins, calcium, isoflavones, folic acid, calcium, iron, minerals, and vitamins, soy would help you cope up with vaginal dryness, night sweats, and hot flashes (3). Try consuming 25gms of soy in a day to see the noticeable results. Food items such as soybeans, soy nuts, soy milk, tofu, etc. can be consumed to increase the intake of soy.
Fish contains Omega-3 which is very helpful in reducing the symptoms of Vaginal dryness (4) (5). Eat a canned tuna or a salmon fillet to increase those levels and reduce the chance of vaginal dryness. It is believed that fish helps instigate stimulation of vaginal area, thus leading to natural lubrication.
4. Vitamin B Complex
B-complex vitamins are helpful to ease the day to day stress that might also be a reason for dryness in the vaginal area (6). These vitamins can also promote the formation of red blood cells, which keeps the vagina lubricated by bringing blood to it. They tend to stabilize adrenal glands and the immune system as well.
Besides this, vitamin B12 can reduce vaginal dryness by recycling the blood. Vitamin B 12 which can be included in the diet or taken as a supplement, as it helps relieve vaginal dryness symptoms in women.
5. Vitamin E
Vitamin E has immune boosting and anti-oxidant properties and is quite effective in treating vaginal dryness (7). Vaginal suppositories if placed inside the vagina, treat the problem and provide enough lubrication that eases friction during sexual intercourse.
6. Vitamin A
This is another vitamin which is beneficial to treat dryness in the vagina. In order to combat vaginal dryness naturally, suppositories of vitamin A should be placed in the vaginal canal. Vitamin A helps to maintain the elasticity of mucous membranes. It takes care of your vaginal walls and relieves the dryness. You can consume foods like carrot, sweet potatoes, green leafy vegetables, dried apricots, mangoes, beef liver, fish, peppers, etc. (8) The recommended daily dose of vitamin A is 15 mg.
7. Warm Water Bath
A good warm water bath in the morning would prevent hot flashes during the day. This is definitely a very good natural remedy to deal with vaginal dryness. Try adding bath salts to it as it would definitely give you a very relaxed experience.
Note: Don’t use perfumed soaps, deodorants, and shower gels as they may cause irritation in the vaginal area (9).
Exercise is something that can keep you healthy and reduce the stress levels at the same time. You can do cardiovascular exercise for 20 minutes every day to balance your hormone levels. Kegel is also a good option to promote the sensation in the vaginal area. It also strengthens your vaginal muscles to enhance the lubrication.
Fenugreek is very effective in the treatment of vaginal dryness. It helps restore the estrogen levels in the body and gives natural relief from the condition. These seeds produce an estrogen-like effect which helps increase vaginal lubrication (10). Take a tsp of fenugreek seeds and soak it in water overnight. Now, drink this water in the morning.
- Another option is to boil a tsp of fenugreek seeds to a glass of water for 15 minutes. Let it cool and then, drink. Consume it once daily to ease the symptoms of vaginal dryness.
Note – Pregnant women or women with hormone-related diseases or breast cancer should avoid it.
10. Coconut Oil
Coconut oil is a healthy fat that helps restore the natural level of hydration in the body. You can use this as a lubricant or as a supplement for treating the condition. It is a great source of vitamin E (11)which is beneficial to promote the secretion of moisture in the vaginal tissues naturally. Take virgin coconut oil and apply it to your vagina. You can even make use of edible coconut oil as it is very safe. Coconut oil as a vaginal lubricant would not only keep the vagina lubricated but would also bring an improvement in elasticity.
11. Olive Oil
Along with other health benefits, olive oil is rich in Vitamin E and helps women become more youthful (12). The presence of phenolic compounds like hydroxytyrosol and oleuropein give it a moisturizing effect. This oil can be added to the diet or can be used directly in the vaginal walls for mitigating dryness. Apply olive oil all over the vagina. Massaging the vagina with olive oil is a good option as it perfectly rejuvenates irritated, dry tissues and keeps the dryness at bay.
This is an effective homemade vaginal lubricant to treat dryness. Turmeric is known for its antimicrobial properties that kill bacteria and other microbes and protect the vagina from infection. Take turmeric paste and mix it with milk. Then, apply this mixture on the vagina for getting the best results.
13. Sesame Oil
It is the best vaginal lubricant. Sesame oil is quite effective against vaginal dryness. Take a ball of cotton and dip it in sesame oil. Then, apply it on vaginal walls and continue for a week. This is surely an amazing way of providing vaginal lubrication.
14. Hydrate Yourself
Many times, dehydration leads to vaginal dryness. Plenty of water must be consumed daily. Drink around 8-10 glasses of water daily (14). It would keep the mucous lining and vaginal cavity moistened, and flush the toxins out of your body as well.
15. Lukewarm Water and Baking Soda
The best way of cleaning the vagina is using the dilute solution of lukewarm water and baking soda. However, some of the researchers have argued that baking soda increases the pH level of the vagina, which may further enhance the yeast infection (15). The mixture helps get rid of itching and dryness. Mix 2 tsp of baking soda in a cup of lukewarm water. Clean the vaginal area, genital lips, inner lips, and vaginal lips with this mix. It would definitely provide you the much-needed relief.
Curd contains probiotics which are considered to be ‘healthy’ or ‘good’ bacteria for vaginal health (16). It helps maintain the pH balance in the vaginal cavity. Probiotics are a good way of improving the vaginal secretion and keeping the area healthy. Studies have shown that consumption of foods rich in probiotics help fight post-menopausal and pre-menopausal symptoms and are a good way of keeping the area well lubricated.
17. Smell Banana bread
Some foods like banana bread activate sexual urge in the body. Try and smell banana bread before you go to bed with your spouse. Smelling this bread helps boost lubrication in the vagina. You don’t need to consume it, just smelling it is enough.
Try taking the supplement L-arginine as it is an amino acid (17). L-Arginine brings about an improvement in the flow of blood to the genital area by dilating blood vessels. Being a natural component, it increases the lubrication, further avoiding the dryness.
19. Cold water
Water is a very effective home treatment to start with. Sometimes, vaginal itching is caused due to heat. In such cases, cold water can help you deal with burning and itching. You can use a cold compress for the numbing effect.
20. Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple Cider Vinegar is known for its anti-fungal (18)and antibacterial properties and is a popular remedy for vaginal itching. It helps in maintaining an alkaline environment in the vagina, thus helping you get rid of bad bacteria. Add 1 tbsp of apple cider vinegar to 1 cup of water. Boil and water and allow it to cool down as per the room temperature. Now, rinse the vagina with this water twice a day.
21. Boric Acid
Being an anti-fungal agent, boric acid is quite effective for vaginal infection (19). It combats all kinds of yeast infections including that in the vaginal area. Basically, boric acid is an antiseptic, and when used for cleansing the vagina, it helps restore the pH level. Boric acid comes in a capsule form which has to be inserted directly into the vagina. These capsules can be made at home by filling empty gel capsules with boric acid powder.
Note – Don’t consume it internally as it is a poison.
Garlic is among the top home remedies for vaginal dryness, due to its antibiotic and anti-bacterial properties (20). Take a garlic clove, peel it and insert it into the vagina and leave it overnight. It will combat the yeast infection in the vaginal area and soothe the itching as well.
- Alternatively, use garlic oil for the purpose. Mix a few drops of garlic oil with a tsp of vitamin E oil. After blending well apply it to the vaginal area. Wait for 10-15 minutes before washing it off with warm water.
23. Sea Salt
Sea salt is known to control microbes growth including fungi and bacteria (21). It has some very good anti-bacterial properties and treats infections effectively. Add 1 tbsp of salt to around 2 cups of water and wash the vagina with this.
- Or, pour half a cup of sea salt to the bath water. Sit in this water for 10 minutes to get the relief from the itchiness caused due to dryness.
- Mix a few drops each of chamomile, rosemary, lavender, and thyme essential oils. Add a tsp of sea salt to it. Pour this mixture into a bottle and fill it up with water. Use it to rinse your vagina for at least 2-3 times a day.
Avocados contain healthy fats which help keep the vaginal walls well lubricated and strong (22). They are sources of potassium and B6, both of which boost the desire for sex. Either you can consume them raw or make some yummy recipes out of avocados. This would surely boost your libidos. You can also use avocado oil as it is rich in Vitamin E and Vitamin A. It is better than other processes or chemical based oils.
25. Sweet Potatoes
Sweet potatoes are rich in Vitamin A, which keeps the uterus and vaginal walls strong (23). It stimulates the body for producing sex hormones, keeping you energetic. Vitamin A also aids generate sex hormones, and so the vagina remains energetic and healthy.
26. Nuts and Seeds
Nuts and seeds contain oils and Vitamin E (24). Both of these are quite essential for a well-lubricated vagina. Since they are high in Vitamin E, they prevent vaginal dryness. Pumpkin seeds and almonds are high in Zinc, which helps regulate the menstrual cycle and combats itching. They are also high in fatty acids, which promote the vaginal lubrication.
27. Dark Chocolate
Dark chocolate is rich in magnesium and antioxidants which boost the flow of blood to sexual organs (25). With better flow, the vaginal health is increased, leading to better sexual desire and satisfaction.
Herbal Remedies for Vaginal Lubrication
28. Aloe Vera Gel
Aloe vera gel is an effective home remedy for vaginal lubrication. Aloe being a natural moisturizer would reduce dryness and itch around the area (26). You can use a mixture of milk and aloe vera gel which is quite helpful.
- Alternatively, you can apply some aloe vera gel near the vaginal opening.
- Or, drink a cup of aloe vera juice to reduce the symptoms.
Consuming comfrey helps enhance lubrication. It soothes the problem of dryness and itching. Comfrey gels and ointments can be applied near the vaginal opening. It contains a chemical named Allantoin which supports new cell growth in the vagina.
1) Prolonged use of comfrey isn’t suggested since it leads to the risk of accumulation of pyrrolizidine alkaloids, thus damaging the liver (27).
2) Don’t apply it on broken skin
30. Black Cohosh
Black cohosh is an effective herbal supplement which is considered to relieve vaginal dryness. You can even take it in combination with other herbs. Being a phytoestrogen herb, like Dong Quai, it shows a similar effect (28). Black cohosh works perfectly for treating menopausal symptoms, hot flashes, and vaginal dryness.
31. Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil is pretty valuable in curing vaginal dryness due to its antibacterial properties (29). Using this oil would help you beat the trouble of diminished lubrication in the vagina by killing the bacteria causing dryness. Massage the inner lips, genital lips and vaginal opening with tea-tree oil. It would help you relieve the symptoms with ease.
32. Dong Quai
This is another herb which is quite effective in treating the problem of vaginal dryness. When used in combination with chasteberry, black cohosh, and Siberian ginseng, this herb helps control hot flashes and other menopausal symptoms.
33. Wild Yam
Wild Yam, an herbal extract helps relieve menopausal symptoms as well as vaginal dryness (30). Wild yam can be consumed in the form of capsules or extract. Generally, the dose has to be mixed with water and consumed. It restores the moisture and elasticity of the vaginal tissues.
Note: Since dosage is different for every person, it is good to consult with a health care practitioner.
Motherwort comes from the mint family (31). This herb is very effective in women with vaginal dryness. It increases the elasticity of vaginal walls and encourages circulation. It also provides relief from other menopausal symptoms such as anxiety and hot flashes.
Another effective herbal remedy for vaginal dryness is Sepia. It is mainly used for relieving symptoms of heaviness, itching, dryness, sadness, irritability, and hot flashes. This herb can also cure burning pains with pressure and milky white discharge in the vagina (32).
Note: Have a word with your general practitioner with regards to the dosage.
36. Gingko Biloba
Ginseng has been used for years for treating a variety of health conditions, including menopause (34). It helps keep walls of the vagina healthy and supple, thus preventing pain, tearing, and dryness. It also relieves symptoms like hot flashes, moodiness, and insomnia.
Since years now, Chasteberry has shown its effectiveness in treating menopausal difficulties due to the presence of phytoestrogens (35). It perfectly deals with symptoms like vaginal dryness, mild depression, sweating and hot flashes. It can be used alone or in combination with herbs such as black cohosh or Dong Quai. It is known for perfectly stabilizing hormone levels.
Dandelion leaves help in vaginal lubrication. For preparing this infusion, mix ½ oz of dried Dandelion leaves in boiling water. Let it boil for 10 minutes. Consume 3 cups on a daily basis. If you are taking supplements, restrict it to 3000mg daily.
40. Gotu Kola
Gotu Kola also helps relieve vaginal dryness by balancing the estrogen levels (36). For preparing an infusion, add ½ to 1 tsp of dried herbs in 1 cup of hot water for 10 minutes. Drink 2 cups on a daily basis. For reducing the bitter flavor, add lemon or honey to it. If it is being consumed in a supplement form, restrict it to 500mg daily.
41. Oat Straw
Even Oat Straw helps promote vaginal lubrication by improving the circulation. For preparing this, mix 1 tsp of herb with a cup of water. Bring it to boil for 10 minutes. Consume it as a tonic, 3 times daily. If it is being used in a tincture form, take 30 drops thrice daily.
42. Oak Gall
Oak gall has been used by the Egyptians since years now. The herb is known for restoring the health of the vaginal walls, by restoring moisture. Extracts of this herb contain natural antiseptic which helps eliminate symptoms like itching, vaginal odor, and abnormal discharge from the vagina which is caused by yeast infection. The herb has astringent qualities which help in firming and tightening vaginal muscles, restore vaginal tone, and elasticity (37).
43. Gou Teng
This herb is basically found in Indian, Chinese, and Central Asian jungles. It is known for its powerful astringent qualities (38) and is effective in the treatment of mucous discharge.
44. Pueraria Mirifica
This herb is most commonly found in Thailand. It contains a high concentration of phytoestrogens which stimulate the ‘Bartholon’ glands in the vagina for restoring natural lubrication and releasing estrogen. This herb effectively restores vaginal strength, elasticity, and tissue growth (39).
This plant is highly effective against vaginal dryness. Calendula oil soothes the vaginal tissue. It performs antimicrobial activities, which prevent infections (40). Basically, this oil is a great moisturizer, and it soothes the vaginal area, thereby reducing pain.
46. Red Clover
Stems, flowers, and leaves of red clover contain phytoestrogenic isoflavones like biochanin, formononetin, genistein, and daidzen which help deal with menopausal complaints including vaginal dryness and atrophy (41). This herb helps improve blood circulation to genitals and is known for increasing cervical mucous, which helps to aid vaginal dryness.
47. Rose Essential Oil
Rose oil is very soothing and helps in healthy tissue regeneration. It deals with vaginal dryness issue, by reducing symptoms like irritation and dryness. Massage it gently all through your vagina to get soothing effects. Like other essential oils, it can be well-used in aromatherapy (42), which is beneficial in treating vaginal dryness.
48. Cape Chamomile
A perfect essential oil for sufferers of vaginal dryness. It helps soothe symptoms of vaginal dryness, reduces itching, supports cellular regeneration.
- Talk to your partner if you feel embarrassed. He might make you feel comfortable.
- Wear comfortable undergarments to avoid itching. To get enough air passage opt for cotton clothes.
- Exercise regularly to maintain the hormonal level in your body.
- Consult your doctor if the symptoms persist.
- Use a lubricant to ease the process of sexual intercourse.
- Don’t use harsh shower gels or soaps as they may cause irritation in the vaginal area. They can also alter the natural pH level and enhance the dryness.
- Don’t drink or smoke as tobacco or alcohol may load up your body with toxins. They may also hamper the oxygen level and circulation of blood.
- Decrease the intake of caffeine too.
- Say no to ‘Douchers’ or ‘cleansers’ as they may worsen the vaginal dryness.
- Say ‘NO’ to the usage chemical products.