Menopause and vaginal dryness


Mongolian Seabuckthorn Oil

At a recent Menopause seminar I learned about Mongolian Seabuckthorn oil which is a source of essential fatty acids that have an affinity for the mucous membranes. It has been shown to be helpful in menopausal women so I thought I’d share some details with you…

Amongst all the many benefits of Mongolian Seabuckthorn, particularly outstanding and useful is its fast effect on Vaginal Atrophy.

Vaginal atrophy

Vaginal atrophy, the thinning and drying of vaginal mucosa, is associated with lowered levels of estrogen at menopause. Atrophic tissue is prone to inflammation, petechial hemorrhages and ulceration. Typical symptoms include vaginal discomfort, feelings of dryness, burning, itching and dyspareunia. A prevalence of 43% for the symptoms of vaginal atrophy among postmenopausal women was recently reported in Finland and United States.

Estrogen is important for the structure of urogenital area, where it maintains the levels of collagen and elastic fibres and affects acidic mucopolysaccharides and hyaluronic acid, necessary for tissue moisture and epithelial barrier.

Studies on Postmenopausal Women

One study indicates beneficial effects by intake of SB oil on vaginal atrophy among postmenopausal women. The improving effect on the integrity of the vaginal epithelium was most likely due to combined effect of the bioactive compounds in sea buckthorn oil, via mechanisms other than the activation of estrogen receptors.
Results from the study indicate that taking sea buckthorn oil daily for a period of three months significantly improved symptoms of dryness. Individuals taking the sea buckthorn oil daily saw a three times greater improvement in the integrity of their vaginal walls than the control group.

Why does it work?

Mongolian Seabuckthorn Oil (MSBT) has high-nutritional values due to its Omega 7 oil content. It has a wide range of indications and applications supported by scientific research. It supports optimum mucosal integrity, nourishing the mucous membranes of the eyes, respiratory, urinary and digestive tracts. MSBT has skin nourishing, revitalising and restorative actions when taken internally and applied topically supporting the treatment of skin issues.

Research has shown MSBT may be helpful and support vaginal health and dryness during times of great change for women.


Mongolian Seabuckthorn oil contains Omega 7 and has a high content of EFA’s, carotenoids, tocophenols and phytosterols.

What is it used for?

Here are some of the applications:

  • Restores mucous membranes and is helpful in dry skin, eyes, nose, vagina, urinary tract, GI tract
  • Relieves vaginal dryness
  • Promotes collagen synthesis
  • Protects and restores mucous membranes
  • Regenerates skin tissues / epithelial cells
  • Nourishes blood vessels
  • Is antioxidant

It may also be helpful in:

  • Atopic dermatitis/ Eczema
  • Malnourished or premature aging skin/ Sun damaged skin
  • Psoriasis Rosacea
  • Sunburn/ burns

Larmo, Petra S. et al. Effects of sea buckthorn oil intake on vaginal atrophy in postmenopausal women: A randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study.Maturitas, Volume 79, Issue 3, 316 – 321

Brenda Rogers is the founder of Quintessence Health and creator of the Passage to Power Programs, Retreats and Seminars.  She combines the wisdom of Earth medicine, women’s mysteries and a career in the natural medicine and personal development industries to empower women to navigate the menopausal transition being radiant, alive and well. She also supports the wellness and transformation of men in their transition through midlife. 

Brenda Rogers

With over 25 years experience as a corporate trainer, naturopath, yoga teacher and wise woman educator, Brenda is the head clinician and coach at Quintessence Health.

"A healthy mind and body simply ensures you have the time and energy to fully express and manifest your life’s purpose – it facilitates the unfolding of joy."

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