When you think about menopause, what comes to mind? For many women, how to decide whether or not to use hormones to treat the symptoms of menopause is the extent of the information they have received on the subject, and for many women it is a subject that is an unpleasant risk / benefit analysis. What if your doctor prescribed something to treat your symptoms that had absolutely zero unwanted side effects and was pleasurable to administer? What if, instead of a pill or a cream, you advised to get a sex toy?
Vibrators vs. Vaginal Dryness
One of the symptoms that women complain about the most during menopause is vaginal dryness. It can be embarrassing, and even worse, it can be uncomfortable. Lack of natural lubrication can not only make sex painful, it can cause your genitals to hurt when you’re not having sex, too.
Some doctors are now recommending that women use vibrators, like the award winning Fun Factory Delight, during menopause to combat painful and irritating vaginal dryness. Using a vibrator works by increasing blood flow to the pelvic region. This increase in blood flow boosts the level of moisture your body makes. Increased blood flow also increases sexual response, which is great news for women who assumed that a lowered sex drive and less pleasurable sex was an inevitable part of growing older. In addition to a vibrator, you can also use a personal lubricant. Satin by Sliquid has been specially formulated for continuous use, imitating the body's natural lubrication to relieve vaginal dryness.
Atrophy is Avoidable
The same decrease in estrogen that is responsible for vaginal dryness can lead to vaginal atrophy, another common menopausal symptom that no one wants to deal with. Vaginal atrophy is a weakening and deterioration of the vaginal muscles, which also leads to lessened sexual pleasure.
Remember that the muscles in the vagina, just like the other muscle groups in your body, need regular use in order to remain strong and healthy. Frequent sex is great for this, but for many women it isn’t enough, assuming that it is even an option. If you’re not having frequent sex with a partner (and even if you are) regularly masturbating with a vibrator and other sex toys, along with the incorporation of a Kegel routine with Ben Wa Balls, will help combat vaginal atrophy, allowing you to enjoy stronger orgasms and sexual responsiveness later in life.
What’s the Recommended Amount of Use?
For best results, bring yourself to orgasm with a vibrator at least three to four times a week. If you’d prefer to use your sex toys for self-pleasuring more often than that, have at it! There is absolutely no reason not to if you’re enjoying it. As a nice little added benefit, orgasm induces sleep for many women. Since insomnia and night waking are common in menopause, this can be a perfect way to put yourself to bed.
Does this Really Work?
Every individual is different, and what works for one may not work for all. That being said, so far the satisfaction rate of women who have been using vibrators to treat menopausal symptoms has been high. For some women this means that they have been able to reduce the amount of estrogen cream they use, and others have been able to stop using it entirely because they have such excellent results. Since there are no negative side effects to using a vibrator, and it is such a pleasant activity in and of itself, you have nothing to lose by trying it.