Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Reclaim Comfort with Vagisil ProHydrate #Vagisil #ad

Somehow I seem to have become a "woman of a certain age". If we are lucky, it happens to us all at some point, of course. My metabolism has slowed down. There are white hairs in my eyebrows and black hairs on my chin. More often than not, I wake up in a bath of sweat. My memory is shot. And I can heat a small room all by myself. It's tank tops year round for me these days.

You see, I'm heading into "the change of life", experiencing what is called "perimenopause." It's the stage leading up to true menopause (no more periods!), and it can last anywhere from a few months to up to 10 years. Four years seems to be about average, but my hot flashes have been happening longer than that already. Yay me.

This phase of life comes with a bunch of changes to our bodies and our lifestyles. For instance, summer is still my favourite season, in theory. In reality, the heat and humidity of summers in Southern Ontario are now too much for me to handle. I didn't think that would ever happen, but now I melt. Even in winter I'm usually too warm when indoors; I haven't worn any of my cozy sweaters or sweater dresses in two years now, and that makes me sad.

During perimenopause, our bodies begin to produce less and less estrogen. I'm still producing some of my own estrogen, but my doctor has prescribed a low dose pill to keep me as stable as possible and fight off the hot flashes and other symptoms. Those other symptoms can include such joys as worsening PMS (honestly, just stay away from me), low sex drive, irregular and/or heavier periods, urinary incontinence, trouble sleeping, and vaginal dryness.

In many ways it is not the most fun time of life, but there are tons of positives to being 40-something as well. Like increased confidence, having a way better understanding of who I am and what I want out of life, having my kids and superb, long-term friendships, and so much more. We just have to learn how we can cope with or improve upon some of the less happy physical changes that are happening to us. Like my low-dose hormone pills, practising good sleep hygiene, and using products as needed to deal with the fun stuff happening "down there".

Vaginal dryness is a really common complaint of women as we age. Our hormonal changes are to blame, and the results can range from mild discomfort, to itchiness, to painful intercourse. So what can we do? The answer is to add moisture back, with a gentle product like VagisilProHydrate Natural Feel Moisturizing Gel.

Vagisil ProHydrate has no added estrogen, no perfumes, no dyes, no preservatives, and has been clinically tested, gynecologist tested and cleared by the FDA. So it's safe, and non-irritating. The gel format coats the vaginal walls, providing immediate relief, and then works to release additional moisture over time. You can use it every 3 days, as needed.

The product comes in single-use, pre-filled applicators that are super easy to use. That tip is really narrow and you can't even feel it. Insert the applicator tip into the vagina, and squeeze in the pre-measured dose of lubrication. Because it's a gel, it adheres well to the vaginal walls.

Vagisil ProHydrate Natural Feel Moisturizing Gel is the only vaginal dryness treatment with its unique blend of moisturizers, including Hyaluronic Acids (HA’s). These HA's occur naturally in our skin, but decrease as we age, leading to increased dryness and skin fragility. Adding them back with this product improves skin moisture and feels natural, too. Hyaluronic Acids are extremely effective hydrators: a tiny amount holds up to 1,000 times its weight in water, plus it naturally attracts and retains moisture. Naturally occurring and effective? Works for me.

Now, it's important to note that it's not just perimenopause and menopause that result in vaginal dryness. Hormonal changes are the most common cause, but these can come from a variety of sources, including stress, pregnancy, IVF treatments, and more. Even certain medications, especially antihistamines and birth control pills, can cause vaginal dryness as a side effect. So, younger gals can experience this uncomfortable or painful dryness too. Honestly, I think if we talked more freely about these concerns, we'd find a lot of our female friends and family members experience this at least periodically.

Vagisil offers a number of different products for your feminine hygiene needs, not just moisture replacement, including treatments for itch caused by dryness, and gentle wash formulas to protect your pH balance. You can visit their website for more information.

Disclosure: This post is brought to you by Vagisil. All opinions on this blog, as always, remain my own.

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