Did You Know?
- Vaginal atrophy affects roughly 43% of women during menopause
- Roughly 18% of all women suffer from vaginal dryness
Results from the study:
- 116 women were asked to take sea buckthorn oil (3 capsules, or 3 gm daily) or placebo for three months
- Vaginal mucous membranes were examined both at the beginning of the trial and at the end and were analyzed for elasticity, integrity, moisture and fluid.
- The women were asked to score the severity of their symptoms — vaginal dryness, burning and itching — at the beginning, middle and end of the trial and also and also kept diaries on other menopausal symptoms.
- Sea buckthorn oil was shown to significantly improve the integrity of the vaginal lining by about 50% compared to placebo
- Women taking the oil trended toward increases in their vaginal health index, which was a composite of all vaginal atrophy symptom scores (i.e. elasticity, integrity, moisture, fluid and pH).
- Another important finding was the lack of effect on cell types, which indicates that sea buckthorn oil does not have an estrogen effect.
- The authors attributed the improvement of epithelial integrity of vaginal mucosa to essential fatty acids, vitamin E, and carotenoids in sea buckthorn oil
In another study looking specifically at post-menopausal vaginal inflammation and dryness, ingestion of sea buckthorn oil resulted in almost double the amount of improvement in vaginal mucous membranes versus placebo.