Tips for sensitive, dry and fragile mucous membranes – Cause and treatment

Yes, what can I do myself then? How do I best care for my vulvagina?
Self-care is to provide the best conditions for the genitals to balance and heal themselves. However, it is important not to lump together “genital problems” and give general recommendations. The causes of imbalance are different.

Start from yourself and your ailments.

So explore what’s going on with you!

WHAT does it feel like? WHERE? How does it look? Take a mirror and kindly notice your vulva. Has the color or shape changed? How are the glands in the vaginal opening? Is the flow healthy? Do you recognize your natural scent? If you understand yourself more closely, you are also better prepared if you need the help of a gynecologist. Because even if a vulva specialist has seen 1000 genitals, it is you who knows your vulva/vagina/yoni/pussy/snippet best.

And although I often see that medicines are prescribed far too quickly, on the wrong indication or “for safety’s sake,” there are, of course, situations where medicines can really help; for example, in case of infections by fungi, bacteria, or viruses, lichen eczema or in case of need for local hormone supplementation.

Egenvård vid vulvabesvär

Self-care for vulva problems

OK, so there are different ways to optimize for balance, but here’s still some inspiration:

Try removing

  • If you suspect irritation in the vulva, you can try to avoid chemicals. Start reading the table of contents of the preparations you use! Use organic herbal oil that protects against chemicals in shower products before bath/shower. Avoid over-the-counter anti-fungal creams. Maybe try a period without toilet paper or panty liners? Leave your vulva alone so that the glands and flora have a chance to recover.
  • Do the mucous membranes feel drier? In addition to dehydrating chemicals in laundry products, artificial hormones, e.g., contraceptives, inhibit the lubricating function of the glands in the vulva.
  • Has it been an unpleasant touch? Throw away all panties that rub and never put up with sex/touch that does not feel great ;)

Do you want to add?

  • Do you suspect disturbed flora? Maybe a drug diet is something you are interested in? In that case, there is plenty of inspiration to be found! Healthy intestinal flora is the basis for healthy flora in the vagina. There are also good balancing supplements to test if fungus easily flourishes in you.
  • If you want to use one of the products, they have different oils and herbs with different protection and balancing properties, choose natural products and try what feels good for you!
  • Maybe you want to try a menstrual cup instead of tampons/panty liners?
  • Around and after menopause, the mucous membranes naturally become thinner, which can give a feeling of dryness and fragility. If you want to try bioidentical hormone supplements for the mucous membranes, there are many preparations to choose from. Try, and do not give up until it feels good!
  • Enjoyment! Having a good time optimizes hormonally for healing. Sprinkle yourself with self-love in new ways! Explore pleasure with all your senses and reinforce what you are already enjoying. Because what you feel (both physically and mentally) is translated into hormones and signals in the brain, you can actually choose what to spin around in your body from your “own pharmacy.” More pleasure also improves your contact with the body and what it needs.

I will write more about how pleasure optimizes the body’s ability to heal in the future.

Good luck in exploring what self-care is for you!

About our writer

Dr. Hildur Hadenius is a doctor and gynecologist, and product manager for intimate care products at Hemply Balance. Hildur’s vision has been to develop products that strengthen and optimize the mucous membranes’ own ability and balancing functions. The products are made from natural ingredients that are kind to the genitals. The intimate care series today includes an intimate oil, an intimate serum, and an intimate wash.

Dr Hildur Hadenius