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I am a post-menopausal woman who is experiencing a thinning of the vaginal lining.

Q. Dear Terry, “I am a post-menopausal woman who is experiencing a thinning of the vaginal lining. This causes extreme discomfort during intercourse. My Ob-Gyn prescribed an estrogen cream. I have also tried numerous lubrications, but nothing works. Do you have any natural treatments for this?” — M.O., Atlanta, GA

A. Dear M.O., You are not alone, vaginal dryness is a common problem for women during and after menopause. Vaginal dryness is a hallmark sign of vaginal atrophy — the thinning and inflammation of the vaginal walls due to a decline in estrogen.

I would recommend adding Sea buckthorn (Hippophae rhamnoides) seed and pulp oil to your daily regimen to help alleviate vaginal dryness. The fruit of the sea buckthorn, a hardy plant native to Europe and Asia, has been called a “nutrient bomb” because it is so rich in flavonoids, vitamins, and other beneficial compounds. In addition, the pulp contains exceptionally high omega fatty acids, including the rare Omega-7 fatty acid (palmitoleic acid). One study looking specifically at post-menopausal vaginal inflammation and dryness found that ingestion of sea buckthorn oil resulted in almost double the amount of improvement in vaginal mucous membranes versus placebo. I recommend a dose of 500 - 2,000 mg daily. Allow yourself several weeks before you begin to see peak optimal benefits.

When looking for a sea buckthorn product, make sure it contains BOTH the seed oil and pulp. While both extracts are healthy, only the pulp contains omega-7. Believe it or not, there are sea buckthorn products on the market that contain absolutely no omega-7 fatty acids! So this is definitely a case of buyer beware.

Healthy Regards!

Terry . . . Naturally

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