WHAT IS HYALURONIC ACID:
For almost 100 years, Hyaluronic Acid (Sodium Hyaluronate) has been known to conserve and protect water molecules in skin cells. It is a naturally produced substance by your body. The largest amounts of it are found in our skin, connective tissue and eyes. Its main function is to retain water to keep your tissues well lubricated and moist.
WHY MAKE HYALURONIC ACID SUPPOSITORIES:
As the skin on your face ages, so can the tissues of our vulva and in our vagina. Vaginal dryness can be due to a variety of things, however it is most commonly seen with the loss of estrogen. Loss of estrogen due to menopause can lead to a condition called vulvovaginal atrophy.
Vaginal atrophy occurs most often after menopause. For many women, vaginal atrophy not only makes intercourse painful but it also leads to distressing urinary symptoms. Due to the drop in estrogen, women with vulvovaginal atrophy can experience vaginal dryness, irritation, thinning of the vaginal tissues. This dryness, irritation, and thinning can make sex uncomfortable or downright painful. Estrogen products inserted into the vagina or rubbed on the vulva are a common and effective treatment (Santen 2015, Fernandes 2014), but some women want to avoid estrogen. Many women with these symptoms suffer in painful silence because either they do not report their symptoms to a health care professional or the doctor doesn’t ask.
Hyaluronic acid Suppositories for Vaginal Dryness: Research
Hyaluronic acid suppositories have been helpful in managing vulvar and vaginal dryness and reducing pain and friction with sex. Unfortunately, scientific data and regulatory oversight of these products are limited. In one study, they compared Hyaluronic Acid Vaginal Cream and Conjugated Estrogen Used in Treatment of Vaginal Atrophy of Menopause Women and concluded that hyaluronic acid and conjugated estrogen improved the symptoms of vaginal atrophy. But hyaluronic acid was more effective and this drug is suggested for those who do not want to or cannot take local hormone treatment. The studies that have been conducted say very little about the possible risks or downsides of using hyaluronic acid. Evaluation for safety is a key component of research about new treatments.
The hydrating capabilities make hyaluronic acid an interesting solution for problems related to dryness of the vulva and vagina, especially for women who want to avoid estrogen or other hormonal products.
There is growing interest in hyaluronic acid as a non-hormonal alternative to treating vulvar and vaginal dryness, and a growing number of women are using hyaluronic acid products. As with any new regimen, it is recommended to speak with a healthcare professional about your vaginal concerns and use the hyaluronic acid suppositories as advised.
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