WINTER is coming and with it a terrifying warning.
It turns out that “winter vagina” could be a thing, according to one expert.
We all know when the temperature drops and the heater comes on, it can wreak havoc on your skin.
Dry skin and chapped lips are becoming more and more problematic and make us resort to hand cream and lip ointment.
But could this “drought” have an impact? Everyone Parts of the body – including, yes you guessed it, your private parts?
Mary Burke, a former NHS midwife and senior clinical nurse at the London Bridge Plastic Surgery & Aesthetic Clinic, told The Sun that women may experience more vaginal dryness during the winter months.
“Dry autumn and winter air draws moisture away from our bodies, which makes our skin dehydrated, cracked, and sinuses,” she said.
“And while this is a topic that few people want to discuss openly, our vaginas can also go into ‘drought mode’ during this time.
“If we spend a lot of time in air-conditioned rooms or with the heating switched on, we live in air that transports very little moisture.
“And the drought we experience can often extend to every inch of our body – including our most private areas.”
But other experts disagree. Dr. Jen Gunter has castaway ideas that weather changes can affect a woman’s intimate areas – and debunks the idea that “summer vaginas” are a thing.
She said vaginal dryness has nothing to do with the outside temperature but is caused by low levels of estrogen, some medications, and thrush.
“Vagins work quite well in all seasons,” said Dr. Gunter.
“The vagina maintains a constant temperature because it is inside your body, and human body temperature only increases with the outside temperature when someone suffers heat stroke.”
Debate aside, vaginal dryness is a seriously debilitating condition that can affect women of all ages.
It can be embarrassing and make sex excruciatingly painful.
While it is a very common problem, it most likely affects women who are going through or have had menopause.
Other factors, such as certain medications, diabetes, breastfeeding, or childbirth, can also make vaginal dryness more likely.
And in some cases, low levels of the female sex hormone, estrogen, can be the cause.
The NHS recommends using a lubricant or vaginal moisturizer to relieve symptoms, and treatments like vaginal estrogen and hormone replacement therapy (HRT) can help.
But Mary says it is possible to lower your risk of vaginal dryness by making some important lifestyle changes – including your diet.
Here she shares her 9 top tips …
Vaginal dryness can be the result of hormonal imbalances.
But you can get this imbalance back on a balanced basis by adding plenty of foods that contain phytoestrogens to your diet.
Phytoestrogens are herbal compounds that mimic the effects of synthetic estrogen.