Q. After menopause, sex became painful and almost impossible. I tried Estring, an estrogen product you place up inside, but that caused a terrible yeast infection. I tried all kinds of lubricants, but they lost their slipperiness before correcting the pain and dryness.

Then I tried hyaluronic acid. It’s found in some topical products but I take it in capsules. Hyaluronic acid is said to add moisture to skin and joints.

I intended just to lubricate my knee joints from within for easier skiing. What a wonderful surprise when the dryness “down there” started disappearing shortly after I began the capsules.

Now I have sex any time I please, and the pain and dryness are so minimal that they aren’t a problem anymore. Hyaluronic acid is a bit expensive but so very worth it! My knees are doing well too.

A. Hyaluronic acid is a natural compound found in the body’s connective tissues and skin. It has been used as an injection into joints and found to work as well as an oral NSAID similar to ibuprofen (Arthritis Research & Therapy, online Jan. 21, 2014).

In the UK, hyaluronic acid vaginal gel (Hyalofemme) is used to ease vaginal dryness. A study comparing this gel to vaginal estrogen cream showed equal effectiveness (Archives of Gynecology and Obstetrics, Dec. 2013). We could find no evidence that oral hyaluronic acid would ease vaginal dryness but your story is intriguing. We hope to hear from other women if it works for them.

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  1. Phyllis R
    2915 Orchard Ave #e27Grand Jct colo 81505
    Reply

    I suffer from extreme pain of vulvodynia. I am on gabapentin which barely helps. This pain is a tricky monster.

  2. Marm H.
    USA
    Reply

    I just did an Internet search on hyalurronic acid and vaginal dryness after noticing this wonderful benefit. I started taking a supplement to improve my skin about a month ago. The dryness is hardly noticeable now, I’ve stopped using a lubricant and sex is so much better. I’m 48 and peri-menopausal. The supplement I take is labeled Hyalurronic Acid with BioCell Collagen and OptiMSM. It’s worth a try if nothing else is working for you.

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