Vaginal atrophy or atrophic vaginitis is an inflammation of the vagina that manifests itself with a thinning and shrinking of the vaginal tissues. It can cause vaginal dryness, itchiness and irritation.
Vaginal atrophy is caused by hormonal changes, so it affects many women, and although it is most common during and after the menopause, it can happen at any age. Other possible causes for atrophic vaginitis are childbirth, the use of contraceptives, cancer and its treatments, and other events that affect hormone production.
This condition can be deeply upsetting as it affects intimacy but is also physically uncomfortable or even painful.
How to Treat Atrophic Vaginitis
YES® VM vaginal moisturiser and YES® WB personal lubricant are both water-based and contain a unique, patented mixture of plant polymers that hold and carry water strongly. The plant polymers are bio-adhesive, so they gently coat the vaginal tissues and release water into them as needed. Both YES® VM & YES® WB start working immediately, and give an instantaneous soothing and relieving effect.
As the vaginal tissues re-moisturise, they recover their natural elasticity and lubrication. The degree to which their full function is able to return may be dependent on the severity of the vaginal atrophy.
The pH of YES® VM & YES® WB matches and supports the optimal, slightly acidic, vaginal pH; this ensures that the newly re-moisturised tissues are in their right environment. The physiological pH of the vagina creates an ideal environment that protects against infections such as Bacterial Vaginosis and Thrush outbreaks.
What Makes YES® Different From Other Lubricants & Moisturisers?
YES® WB and YES® VM are the only certified organic medical devices available on the NHS prescription in the UK.
YES® VM is the only certified organic vaginal moisturiser in the world, which means it is certified free from parabens, petrochemicals, processing aids and contaminants, synthetic thickeners, untested ‘natural’ ingredients, pesticides, genetically modified ingredients and known skin irritants. YES® VM does not create any white “fall out” that some other vaginal moisturisers may cause.
YES® WB is dual action; an outstanding lubricant that can re-hydrate and moisturise too. It feels so like the real thing, it can be surprising and doesn’t smell or taste, neither does it leave that horrid tacky sticky feeling on your skin.
This goes for all YES® products – they are all certified organic by the Soil Association. Crucially, all YES® products are free from glycerine which is thought to encourage growth of Candida albicans responsible for Thrush infections.
Which product should I use, YES® WB or YES® VM?
How Often Should I Use YES® VM?
Case studies have shown that YES VM continues to moisturise for 1-3 days after application, sometimes longer, depending on vaginal conditions and the rate of moisturisation. YES VM’s unique iso-osmotic formulation (there are no other iso-osmotic vaginal moisturisers – as of May 2016) is designed to release water to rehydrate dry vaginal tissues as and when it is needed, over extended periods.
YES VM will instantly sooth and calm irritation, itching and burning. It is a slow release moisturiser; the rate of moisturisation is determined by the degree of vaginal tissue dryness. The drier they are, the more water will be released. YES VM puts your body in control of rehydrating itself. Initially YES VM may need to be applied daily and then every 3 days as symptoms improve.