How to Use Castor Oil for Vaginal Dryness

How to Use Castor Oil for Vaginal Dryness

Queen of the Thrones Castor oil and vaginal dryness

How to Use Castor Oil for Vaginal Dryness

Written by: Heather Tanti R.P.N (non-practicing)

Medically reviewed by: Victoria Williams R.H.N.

Est. reading time: 7 minutes

In our lives, there are chapters that remain unspoken, hidden in the shadows. One such chapter is the silent struggle of many women- the battle against vaginal dryness and atrophy (thinning, drying and inflammation of the vaginal walls).

Queen of the Thrones Castor oil and vaginal dryness

It’s a topic wrapped in whispers, yet its impact on our lives can be profound… 

Can you relate?

Thankfully, in the midst of these struggles, there’s a natural remedy that offers a gentle, comforting approach- Castor Oil.

This blog touches on the emotional and physical aspects of vaginal dryness and atrophy, sharing with you the nurturing touch of Castor Oil for your mind and body.

What is vaginal atrophy?

Vaginal atrophy and dryness are more than just medical terms; they’re experiences that can significantly impact a woman’s life, both emotionally and physically.

Emotionally, it can feel like a silent struggle, often shadowed in shame or embarrassment. It affects self-esteem, body confidence, and even intimate relationships… 

The physical aspects are equally challenging. 

Vaginal dryness can lead to irritation, discomfort, and even painful intercourse1, while vaginal atrophy can make daily activities like sitting or walking painful.

It’s like living with a constant reminder that your body is changing, and not in a way you’d hoped for. 

But here’s the beautiful part: while these conditions can be challenging, they don’t define who you are. They’re chapters in a much larger story, and with the nurturing qualities of Castor Oil, relief and empowerment can still be within reach.

Is vaginal dryness common?

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If you’ve ever felt like you’re the only one dealing with vaginal dryness, it’s time to take a collective sigh of relief- you’re not alone.

Believe it or not, vaginal dryness is far more common than you might think. In fact, it’s a pressing issue that women of all ages can experience, although it becomes more common as we get older.2

What’s to blame? Hormonal changes, especially during menopause, pregnancy, and breastfeeding. But, vaginal dryness can also be triggered by factors like stress, certain medications, or even emotions.

So, if you’re navigating this challenge, know that you’re part of a larger community of women who have walked this path. Afterall, vaginal dryness isn’t just about the physical symptoms; it’s also about the emotional weight it carries, agreed?

Did you know that more than 75% of women experience vaginal discomfort as a result of hormonal changes during menopause?3 

Furthermore, almost 17% of women aged 17 to 50 may encounter painful intercourse due to vaginal dryness.4

 Approximately 60% of women going through menopause experience vaginal dryness as a symptom.5 This is a significant portion of women in this stage of life, and it can greatly affect their overall well-being.

Perhaps you’re navigating the postpartum stage of your life, is this you? After childbirth, vaginal dryness can affect up to 43% of women6, further adding to the already uncomfortable transition you’re experiencing as you care for your newborn and begin your own recovery.

But were you aware that vaginal dryness can be caused by other means, including certain medications? It’s true, certain medications such as some antidepressants and antihistamines can contribute to this uncomfortable symptom7.

Stats like the above make it clear that vaginal dryness is not an isolated problem to feel shame or embarrassment over, but rather an issue that affects women across the world.

Vaginal atrophy symptoms

Vaginal Atrophy, also known as atrophic vaginitis’, is a common but often under-discussed condition.

Symptoms can include:

    • Painful intercourse due to insufficient lubrication
    • Continuous vaginal dryness 
    • Thinning of the epithelial lining 
    • Vaginal spotting, caused by small tears 

Additionally, women often report urinary urgency, frequency, nocturia, and incontinence as well.8

According to research, nearly 70% of women experiencing symptoms choose not to discuss them with their healthcare provider. 

This is primarily due to feelings of embarrassment or reluctance to talk about their symptoms, seeing them as a natural part of the aging process.9

The impact of vaginal atrophy on daily life is undeniable, but you don’t have to suffer in silence with natural remedies like Castor Oil.

Natural relief for vaginal dryness

Vaginal dryness affects many women at various stages in their lives. It often leads to unpleasant symptoms like we touched on above, and can have a serious impact on a woman’s quality of life.

While yes, there are several available creams and medications available at your local pharmacy to try and support these symptoms, there’s one natural remedy that is gaining traction for its potential benefits in addressing vaginal dryness– Castor Oil.

Castor Oil is derived from the castor bean plant (Ricinus communis), and has a long history of use in traditional medicine for various ailments. Known for its moisturizing and emollient properties, Castor Oil has increased in popularity for its ability to support vaginal dryness and more.

How can Queen of the Thrones Castor oil can help-with vaginal dryness
How Castor Oil can help:

1. Moisturization: Castor Oil is rich in fatty acids10, which may help bring moisturization to dry, irritated vaginal tissues. Applying a small amount of organic Castor Oil to the external genital area may help relieve discomfort with dryness.

2. Anti-inflammatory Properties: The ricinoleic acid in Castor Oil is well known for its anti-inflammatory properties may help ease inflammation11 and itching caused by dryness, leading to improved comfort and overall well-being.

3. Antimicrobial Effects: Castor Oil also has antimicrobial properties12, which may help maintain a balanced vaginal flora, which is beneficial in preventing dryness-related infections and irritation.

4. Circulation Support: Castor Oil is known to promote nitric oxide, an antioxidant that supports blood flow12. And when combined with a Castor Oil Pack in the pelvic area, you may be helping to bring more circulation to this region. This may help stimulate the body’s natural lubrication production.

It is important to note that not all Castor Oil is created equally. Be sure to do your research before you get started. 

For your peace of mind, Queen of the Thrones® Organic Golden Castor Oil is always:

    • 100% organic
    • Extra-virgin
    • Hexane-free
    • Cold or Expeller-pressed
    • Always bottled in amber glass

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Conclusion

Vaginal dryness isn’t just a physical issue; it has a profound impact on our mental and emotional well-being. It’s about feeling comfortable in your own skin, and confident in your body.

So, as we wrap up this discussion, let’s not forget to acknowledge the emotional side of this common concern amongst women. These uncomfortable symptoms can cause self-esteem issues, making you hesitant to engage in intimate moments, or even diminishing your overall quality of life.

It’s a vicious cycle, agreed?

And because physical discomfort can lead to emotional distress, symptoms like vaginal dryness can become exacerbated.

While Castor Oil isn’t a magic wand, it is certainly your natural ally, offering support on your journey to wellness. When you take the time to support these symptoms, you help to enhance your emotional well-being.

Sounds good, right? Plus, feeling physically better can often translate into a more confident and positive outlook!

Special note: Castor Oil is for topical use only. Always consult with your healthcare professional if vaginal dryness is a persistent issue, or before beginning any new practice you may be unsure of.

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