I’m going to be the first one to admit that vaginal dryness is not and has not been a huge issue for me, neither during perimenopause, nor menopause and post-menopause. But don’t hate me, ladies. I’ve had plenty of other issues, trust me. Just not this one.
I mean, I have had intermittent issues with it. Primarily before I began using bioidentical estrogen and progesterone. But nothing that rises to the level of true suffering. But that doesn’t mean other women don’t suffer with it because they surely do. Maybe you’re one of them? If so, you’re in good company.
More than half of women experience vaginal dryness at some point during perimenopause and menopause, and most women report that it bothers them “a little to a great deal.” Vaginal dryness is not only uncomfortable, but it can contribute to painful intercourse, which in turn contributes to a lack of sexual desire and loss of libido. Because let’s face it, who wants to have sex when it hurts? Chronic vaginal dryness can also lead to infections which are no fun for anybody!
The Role of Estrogen in Vaginal Dryness
Vaginal dryness during perimenopause and menopause is primarily associated with low estrogen levels. Among many other roles, estrogen is necessary to maintain tone, elasticity, and moisture levels in vaginal tissue. Without it, biological calamity ensues. Not only can we suffer from vaginal dryness, but we can also develop issues with urinary incontinence due to lack of muscle tone in the pelvic floor, and vaginal atrophy.
As many of you know, I am a big proponent of estrogen therapy for many of the symptoms of perimenopause, not just vaginal dryness. Estrogen, when used judiciously and under the watchful eye of your physician, can relieve many of the bothersome symptoms. But, what if you can’t or don’t want to use estrogen? What then? Are you simply doomed to suffer? I should say not!
SYLK® with Nature’s Wonder Ingredient
There are a lot of lubricants marketed to perimenopausal and menopausal women as a treatment option for vaginal dryness. Some of them are good, some of them not so much.
I’ve tried a few personal lubricants, but by and large, I don’t use them. Primarily because I can’t help but wonder what types of toxic chemicals are in them and if they might also exacerbate vaginal health issues?
Many lubricants are loaded with artificial colors, fragrances, and even parabens, a preservative which is found in many personal products we use such as cosmetics, shampoos, and deodorants.
Parabens are also found in our food. We can have a long discussion about the value or lack thereof of parabens (some studies have linked parabens to breast cancer, for example), but, the bigger question, in my opinion, is do we want them in our vaginas?
If like me, you don’t want to ingest such things into your intimate holy temple, but you are interested in using lubricants to help with vaginal dryness issues, then you may want to consider the all-natural moisturizing lubricant, SYLK®.
SYLK® is the only all-natural water-based personal lubricant made from New Zealand kiwifruit vine extract, and it is not made with parabens, synthetics, silicones, hormones, chemicals or fragrances. Rather it is made with 8 all-natural ingredients: deionized water, vegetable glycerin, kiwifruit plant extract, xanthan gum, sodium citrate, citric acid, potassium sorbate, and grapefruit seed extract.
But What Do Volcanoes Have to Do with Anything?
SYLK® is made with New Zealand kiwifruit vine extract. For kiwifruit to grow to its optimum, a soil with a pH level lower than 7.3 is necessary. And this is where the volcanoes come in. New Zealand is the third largest producer of kiwi in the global market. New Zealand’s climate and proximity to volcanoes contribute to its thriving and abundant agriculture.
While it is certainly true that volcanoes can and do cause much destruction in the environment, volcanic ash is extraordinarily beneficial for New Zealand’s soil. The properties found in volcanic soils allow for a greater creation of capillaries. Capillaries give soil more porosity (which means greater air flow and easier movement of minerals and oxygen in the soil) and a lower density, which allows for greater water retention.
In addition, the retention of phosphorous (an important mineral in the human body which is also found in soil) in the volcanic soil allows for a greater level of fertility and crop yield. And finally, volcanic soils have a pH level between 5 and 7, allowing for optimum growth of kiwifruit which requires a soil pH lower than 7.3. Coupled with New Zealand’s temperate climate and abundant sunshine, it’s easy to see then, why the kiwifruit grown there results in a greater quality fruit.
Quality Kiwifruit Equals Quality Product
A greater quality kiwifruit means greater quality ingredients found in SYLK®, which in turn equals a quality product. And that’s a plus right out of the box. Through a proprietary extraction process, SYLK® can extract polysaccharides from the kiwifruit vine extract, which produces a natural film-like lubricant similar to that which the human body produces. Which is just a very fancy way of saying that SYLK® lubricant is very close to the natural moisture found in healthy vaginal tissue. The other natural ingredients in the formula inhibit bacteria from forming in the product, increase its shelf-life, and optimize the pH levels of SYLK®
SYLK® is a Trusted Product
In March 2016, SYLK® received an FDA 501(k) clearance as a class II medical device. Which means that SYLK® has proven its safety and effectiveness as a personal lubricant and is cleared to be sold in the United States. It’s also noteworthy that SYLK® is a product which has been marketed and sold in New Zealand and Australia for over 30 years. It has also been sold for 20 years in the UK. So, in addition to its high quality and natural ingredients, SYLK® has an established reputation as a solid, safe and effective product.
But there’s more: SYLK® is manufactured and blended here in the United States, and product packaging is also made in the United States as well. Some of you may not find this significant or important. But, as a business woman, I personally like the fact that in addition to its global market reach, SYLK® also contributes to the United States economy as well.
SYLK® Really Does Feel Like Silk
When the CEO of SYLK® USA, Mariessa Mahfouz, contacted me about her product, she offered to send some samples for me to try. I received a generous sampling of individual packet sizes, and a 3-fluid ounce tube as well.
Since I don’t have vaginal dryness issues, I applied some of the personal packets directly to my hand to feel the texture.
“Wow” was the first word that came out of my mouth. It really does feel like silk. SYLK® is not heavy, greasy, or oily. It felt smooth, light, soft, and clean on my hands. And since it doesn’t have any fragrance, it didn’t have a scent.
But that didn’t take away from how fabulous it felt on my hand. It felt so fabulous that instead of wiping or washing it off, I rubbed it directly into my hands like a moisturizer.
My skin absorbed it without any sticky or oily residue. Very nice. Seriously. Very nice. And if it felt this great on my hands, I certainly won’t have any reservations about using it as a lubricant if I ever feel it necessary. Kudos to you SYLK®!
You Can Try SYLK® For Free Too!
SYLK® would like to offer a free supply of their lubricant to four (4) Perimenopause Blog readers. If you would like to try SYLK®, then please leave your name and a brief comment at the end of this post and I will put your name in the drawing. As I have done in the past, I will draw the names this Thursday, December 22, 2016.
If you are reading this post after that date or if you are not one of the winners, but you would still like to try SYLK®, you can learn more about the product at their website located here. If you wish to read more product reviews about SYLK® before you buy, you can read those at the website located here.
My hat is off to SYLK® USA for a great product! I’m personally very impressed with SYLK® personal lubricant and will have no reservations whatsoever in recommending it to the fabulous readers of The Perimenopause Blog.
Don’t forget to leave your name and a brief comment in the comment section ladies, and I’ll throw your name in the drawing! Thanks for reading as always!