Vaginal itching

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Progesterone and vaginal itching are linked by the anti-inflammatory action of progesterone. Post menopausal vaginal thinning and dryness respond to progesterone therapy but may take time to do so. Candida and other infections occur with greater frequency after menopause because of changes in the vagina.

The Pill often causes inflammation because it suppresses normal hormone production, in particular progesterone, which is an extremely effective anti-inflammatory.

As an initial lubricant a progesterone cream applied inside the vagina is very soothing. In fact some women have found it of such benefit during intercourse that they prefer to use it in preference to a patent lubricant.

To protect against invasion by pathogens, some authorities suggest that a capsule of L. acidophilus (one of the beneficial bacteria inhabiting the vagina) be inserted into the vagina. If candida is present then an orally administered course of L. acidophilus and B. bifidum has been found to be beneficial.

To find out more about progesterone therapy in general and how it benefits health issues other than vaginal itching, please click here.

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