Feminine Dryness 101

Ina Co-Founder, Dr. Beri Ridgeway, OB/GYN recently shared that “with close to half of women in the US currently experiencing one of the 3 stages of menopause (43%), there’s a need now, more than ever, to help women through these life-changing and many times life-interrupting stages. Painful sex (often related to vaginal dryness) and vulvar skin irritation (the skin on the outside of the opening of the vagina) are both in the Top 5 Concerns women have shared with me throughout my career.”

Vulvar dryness and irritation can turn intimate moments into daily discomfort.

Like the skin on our face, many of these intimate skin issues relate to estrogen, or the lack thereof, as production in the body slows as women age. This is the hormone needed for collagen production, which keeps skin elastic and healthy. Studies show that women’s skin loses close to 30% of its collagen in the first five years of menopause, in women’s late 40s to early 50s. This causes skin on the outside of the vulva and the vaginal walls on the inside to get thinner and direr, causing pain and discomfort, which can also compromise confidence.

Aging may be inevitable, but discomfort doesn’t have to be.

At Ina, empowered aging is our approach. We face the changes in our bodies as natural markers of our journey through womanhood. Instead of shying away, we embrace these shifts armed with knowledge and commitment to provide our bodies with the care we need!

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