September is Menopause Awareness Month. If you’re suffering from some of the effects, we can provide you with some help for menopause. Your friendly neighborhood sex store like Fantasy Gifts NJ is a great resource to help find relief.
Whether it’s night sweats, hot flashes, lack of libido, or vaginal dryness, if you’re a woman of a certain age, you know that menopause sucks! Although menopause is not officially declared until one year after your last period, the symptoms of menopause can last for years beginning with peri-menopause. No one wants to suffer for up to 10 years, but there is relief to be found!
The most common complaint we hear from women over 50 is vaginal dryness. Almost one-third of menopausal women will experience vaginal dryness. While we are a big fan of lubricants at any time, if your body is not producing enough natural lubrication and sex is becoming painful, please purchase a lubricant!! It is the best way to provide help for menopause and it’s most common side effect.
Personal lubricants come in many formulas. Our most popular lubricant is a silicone based lubricant. A silicone lube is great because, unlike a water based lubricant, it does not absorb into the skin so it never dries out. It will last a long time and not get sticky or tacky. It’s waterproof so it will not wash away during foreplay or water play. The only downside is it doesn’t play nice with silicone toys, so it’s best used for sexual play or play with non-silicone toys.
Water Based Lubricants
Some women, particularly first time users, prefer water based lubricants. Water based lubes have water as their base ingredient so they are very natural and body safe. They are available in many different formulas, from thin to thick, and are compatible with any sex toy. Unfortunately, because they are made primarily with water, they can evaporate and dry out during use. Some lubes can be reactivated by adding water or more lube. If you’re a menopausal woman, avoid water based lubes that rely on Glycerin, parabens, or propelyne glycol as they can negatively affect your pH levels.
Hybrid lubricants offer you the best of both worlds. While primarily water-based, they also contain a small amount of silicone so they will not dry out. You can safely use them with all sex toys too!
If vaginal dryness continues to be an issue, look into a product like Jo Renew Vaginal Moisturizer. And don’t hesitate to contact your doctor to see if hormone replacement therapy is right for you!