Sjogren’s syndrome is an immune system disorder that causes dryness in the eyes, mouth, and vagina. It may be accompanied by other immune system disorders, such as lupus and rheumatoid arthritis.
It typically affects adults, primarily women, over the age of 40. Sjogren’s syndrome causes changes in the tear ducts and salivary glands in the face at the onset, resulting in the hallmark symptoms of dry eyes and mouth.
Women with Sjogren’s syndrome may initially experience burning or itching of the eyes and decreased saliva. As they go further into the course of the syndrome, they may also experience fatigue, joint pain, a dry cough, skin rashes and dryness, joint swelling, stiffness, and finally, vaginal dryness.
Dryness of the eyes and salivary glands are often managed medically according to the severity of the symptoms. Consistent use of eye drops or prescribed medications may provide some relief.
Vaginal dryness in women with Sjogren’s syndrome can lead to rashes in the sensitive vulva and vaginal skin. Wearing loose-fitting pants and soft underwear is helpful.
It also helps to avoid harsh chemicals when washing the vaginal area, as well as when washing clothes. Women with Sjogren’s Syndrome should avoid scrubbing the vulva and vaginal area. A vaginal balm is highly beneficial in managing dryness in the vulva and vaginal opening.
Enchanted Rose Feminine Balm is an organic vaginal balm specifically designed to reduce redness, itching, burning and dryness of the vulva and vagina. Rubbing a small amount onto the sensitive intimate skin can help reduce these symptoms just as lip balm aids in reducing dryness and irritation of the lips.
Management for vaginal dryness during sex for women with Sjogren’s syndrome includes the use of lubrication. For the best results, both partners should utilize approximately one teaspoon each of personal lubricant to provide frictionless entry and penetration.
This decreases the risk of tearing or irritation of the sensitive vaginal skin. Personal lubricants vary in quality. Silicone and harsh chemicals can worsen the already dry and irritated skin of women with Sjogren’s syndrome.
Water-based lubricants are recommended for a less toxic and chemical free experience. Velvet Rose personal lubricant is the preferred choice of many doctors and pelvic pain specialists for its clean feel and ease of use.
Women with Sjogren’s syndrome who experience pain or muscle spasms with sexual penetration benefit from the use of vaginal dilators, also known as vaginal trainers. These tools allow women to gently train the sensitive vaginal tissue to improve the elasticity and flexibility of the vagina.
Such tools allow for better penetration. The Intimate Rose Vaginal Dilators are available in eight sizes to allow women to progress comfortably and reach their goals.
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