3 Natural Treatment Options for Vaginal Dryness

Vaginal dryness is a common complaint during peri-menopause and menopause but it can happen at any age.  As estrogen levels start to drop, vaginal moisture dries up which can result in vaginal atrophy, painful intercourse and an increased risk for vaginal infections. The hormonal changes following childbirth can also cause vaginal dryness and painful intercourse.

The good news is there are a variety of natural treatment options for vaginal dryness.

1. Hydrate your vagina from the inside out

Keeping your body hydrated and moist is crucial to combat vaginal dryness. Drink at least 2L of water each and every day. Increase your intake of healthy oils including cold-pressed olive oil, coconut oil, avocado oil, flax oil etc. Aim for at least 1 tsp with every meal. If you’re still experiencing vaginal dryness, consider adding a Sea Buckthorne supplement. Sea Buckthorne is an omega-7 fatty acid which specifically helps relieve vaginal dryness (and it makes your skin look great as an added bonus). I love NFH’s Sea Buckthorne SAP which is available at Docere Naturopathic Clinic + IV Lounge and through our online dispensary.

2. Try Dr. Sarah’s compounded vaginal cream

This non-hormonal option is great for younger women with vaginal dryness or women who can’t or prefer not to use hormones. It combines hyaluronic acid (which helps to attract and retain moisture) and vitamins A and E to help hydrate and heal the tissues. Apply it every night for 2 weeks then 2 times per week or as needed. Just ask for a prescription at your next appointment! Another option is the over-the-counter product Cala-Gel by St. Francis Herb Farm.

3. Ask about bio-identical estrogen cream

Estriol is the weakest of our 3 naturally made forms of estrogen. It can be applied as a cream vaginally which is extremely safe and poses minimal risk. Estriol is so safe that it’s actually being used in women who have a history of breast cancer. Ask Dr. Sarah if this product may be right for you. It’s also applied nightly for 2 weeks, then 2 times a week for 2 weeks then as needed.

Bio-identical hormones & Natural Dessicated Thyroid (NDT)

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  • Hot flashes
  • Anxiety
  • Insomnia
  • Weight gain
  • Cold intolerance
  • Fatigue
  • Hair loss

I am pleased the announce that I now offer my patients both bio-identical hormones and natural desiccated thyroid (NDT) treatments for hormone balancing.

Bio-identical hormones

Bio-identical hormones (estrogen and progesterone) are extracted from a plant source (yams) whereas traditional hormone replacement therapies (HRT) are made with synthetic compounds (such as horse urine!). The advantage of using bio-identical hormones is that they are exactly the same as the hormones your body naturally makes therefore improving clinical results and minimizing risks and side-effects.

Bio-identical hormones can be used to treat the symptoms of menopause (hot flashes, insomnia, anxiety etc), infertility, and hormonal imbalances in younger women.

Natural Desiccated Thyroid (NDT)

Natural desiccated thyroid (NDT) is a safe and effective alternative to pharmaceutical thyroid medications such as Synthroid and levothyroxine. It can be helpful for patients who continue to have symptoms of thyroid imbalance while taking medications or patients with milder thyroid imbalances that don’t require medication.

To learn if these therapies are right for you,
please schedule a consultation with Dr. Sarah Vadeboncoeur ND.

5 Foods to Supercharge your Memory

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  1. Omega-3 Fatty Acids: include oily fish such as salmon, herring, mackerel or anchovies 2-3 times per week to boost your omega-3 intake.
  2. Blueberries: these little super-charged berries are full of antioxidants that help boost memory and brain function. Have them in your morning smoothie, on top of plain yogurt or as a snack with raw nuts.
  3. Green Tea: a great alternative to coffee especially if you need a mid-afternoon pick me up. Don’t like the taste of green tea? Add another tea bag such as mint or a fruit herbal tea to change the taste or try adding 1 tsp of matcha (green tea powder) to your morning smoothie.
  4. Resveratrol is an antioxidant found in red wine. Limit your intake to 1 glass per day.
  5. B vitamins such as vitamin B6, B12 and folic acid as especially important for our memory and brain function. Load up on these foods rich in B vitamins:
B6: Tuna, beef, chicken ,turkey, venison, cod, sunflower seeds, halibut, bell peppers, summer squash, turnip greens, shiitake mushrooms, and spinach
B12: sardines, salmon, venison, shrimp, halibut, scallops, nutritional yeast
Folic acid: lentils, beans, asparagus, spinach

5 Factors That Increase Your Risk for Thyroid Problems

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1. Being Female: I know, I know…we have it so much harder than men! But the reality is that the complexity of our hormones increases the risk of developing thyroid problems.

2. Being 40 +: aging isn’t for the faint of heart! The older we get, the more at-risk we are for thyroid problems.

3. Family History of Thyroid Disease: another trait you can thank mom and dad for :)

4. Past use of the Birth Control Pill: the birth control pill contains synthetic estrogen which can negatively affect your thyroid.

5. History of low-calorie dieting: eating too few calories can slow down your metabolism and stress your thyroid.

Want to learn how to prevent thyroid problems and
help your thyroid work optimally?

Join me on May 12th for my Thyroid Bootcamp Workhop

Natural Medicine for Public Servants

Are you a public servant?

Did you know that your health insurance plan covers Naturopathic Medicine?

Naturopathic Doctors are experts in natural and complementary medicine. We offer natural solutions to common health concerns such as fatigue, insomnia, hypothyroid, digestive issues like IBS, and many more!  By using safe and effective natural therapies such as nutrition, nutritional supplements (vitamins, minerals, herbal medicines), acupuncture, and lifestyle counselling, Naturopathic Doctors help you feel better and optimize your health.  

To learn more about how Naturopathic Medicine can help you
book your FREE 15-minute  Meet & Greet consultation with Dr. Sarah Vadeboncoeur