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Silent doctors to fight dryness

Annette Maynard-Watson

Silent doctors to fight dryness

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Though the global jury may remain hung over sex’s moral and political implications, we can all come to at least one consensus: it’s why we’re alive today and it’s the first thing future generations depend on.– All About Sex, an extract from
LAST WEEK was very exciting. The first thing that truly excited me was knowing that my students did well in their internal examinations. Secondly, I was all charged up because sex was in the atmosphere.
This charging up occurred because I was called upon to answer many questions related to the article in last week’s column titled Silent Doctors And Sex Drive. This week I feel it is necessary to elaborate on a sex-related health challenge that plagues some women.
The challenge being addressed today is silent doctors and dryness of the vagina, which must be discussed and understood by both men and women. This type of discussion can reduce conflict and unfaithfulness because it calls for understanding and psychological support.
Vaginal dryness means that the vagina and its walls have an inadequate supply of lubrication due to an imbalance in the levels of estrogen and progesterone or an infection.
A dry vagina can be painful and uncomfortable during sexual intercourse, causing some women to be worried or even slightly depressed. Some women may endure the pain to please or excite their partner.
However, if I had a dry vagina, I would avoid having sex to allow healing. Healing is paramount and many Barbadian silent doctors are available to treat this common challenge.
Foods containing Vitamin C, such as parsley, Bajan cherries, guavas, chilli peppers, thyme, mustard greens, cauliflower, paw-paw and broccoli must be included in the meal plan. Turmeric can be used to ease pain and inflammation as it contains the compound curcumin, which has displayed antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.
Foods that contain omega-3 fatty acids, including wild rice, pumpkin seeds, oatmeal, flax seed/linseed, walnuts, salmon, halibut, shrimp, soya bean, [allspice], clove and broccoli, can prove effective.
It is also important to use fennel and sage tea. Exercise is important, especially pelvic floor exercises, which should be incorporated into the healing process. Liberal amounts of water should be consumed and women should also avoid douching. Aloe vera is also an excellent silent doctor, and a “vagina bath” infused with comfrey leaves has proven to be effective.  
Finally, try not to feel “old and cold” when sex challenges become evident in your life. Sex is an act that lends to exploration. Continue researching “genuine” sex.
 • Annette Maynard-Watson, a teacher and herbal educator, may be contacted via [email protected] or by telephone 250-6450.
 DISCLAIMER: It is not our intention to prescribe or make specific claims for any products. Any attempts to diagnose or treat real illness should come under the direction of your health care provider.