There are many effective options available to help relieve vaginal dryness. These include topical or oral forms of hormonal and non-hormonal options such as suppositories, creams, lubricants, gels, moisturizers, tablets and estrogen therapies.
The most commonly used options are lubricants, moisturizers and hormonal (estrogen) therapy. Hormonal therapies are prescribed by a doctor, while other options such as moisturizers are provided over the counter. The table below (adapted from the North American Menopause Society) explains the options most commonly used.
|Oral Estrogen Agonist/Antagonist||
|Regular Sexual Stimulation||
|Expanding your views of sexual pleasure||
|Pelvic floor exercises||
Vaginal dryness and atrophy that are not relieved by lubricants or moisturizers may respond to estrogen therapy (ET), as lack of estrogen is often the cause of the problem. Prescription ET has been proven to restore the thickness and elasticity of vaginal tissue, restore a healthy vaginal environment, and relieve vaginal dryness. Improvements usually occur within a few weeks of starting therapy, although severe problems can take many months to improve.
|Systemic Doses of Estrogen||
||Local (Vaginal) Low-Dose Estrogen||
MenoNote: Vaginal Dryness. 2014. Consumer Education Committee of the North American Menopause Society. Accessed from:
The Menopause Guidebook. Seventh Edition. 2014. North American Menopause Society. ISBN 978-0-9701251-4-9