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ALTERNATIVES TO HRT: DRY VAGINA AND URINARY SYMPTOMS

by admin - April 21st, 2009.
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Vitamin A in tablet form is considered by many naturopaths to be useful in treating vaginal dryness and bladder irritability. The usual recommendation is to take it for six to eight weeks and then to have a two-week break. Alternatively they may recommend a vaginal ointment made from English marigolds (Calendula officinalis). This is credited with oestrogen-like properties and an ability to prevent and treat vaginal infections.

The pelvic floor muscles are like a safety net supporting all the organs of the lower abdomen. When the muscles are weak, any form of stress exerted on the bladder – such as a sudden jump, cough, laugh or lifting motion — can result in an outflow of urine. Increasing numbers of women are taught pelvic floor (Kegel) exercises, which they are encouraged to do daily. These exercises are designed to strengthen themuscles that support the bladder, uterus and bowel, in order to control stress incontinence and prolapse. You can alternate the exercises and use triggers, such as stops at red traffic lights or brushing your teeth, to remind you to do themmuscles that support the bladder, uterus and bowel, in order to control stress incontinence and prolapse. You can alternate the exercises and use triggers, such as stops at red traffic lights or brushing your teeth, to remind you to do them.

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