Hi @ginge and welcome
So sorry you’re having these symptoms, not nice at all.
Firstly, vaginal dryness is very common and something most women will experience at some point in their lives. It is often down to our hormones, and that is why the menopause often comes up in relation to vaginal dryness. However there are many other causes including breastfeeding, contraceptive pills, antidepressant medication, and if you’ve had your womb removed (a hysterectomy) or having chemotherapy treatment. Also, if you’re not aroused or are using certain products (such as perfumes/ lubricants with chemicals), this can have an impact on vaginal dryness. There are also more uncommon causes such as underlying auto-immune conditions. Women may also experience vaginal dryness at different times of their menstrual cycle.
I am glad you’re taking the right steps to look after your body, and looking into balancing your hormones. It can take some women a while before their body gets into a natural cycle after coming off the pill, and there are many other external factors that could be at play here.
I would highly recommend using a natural water-based lubricant regularly. Of course, the pH balanced HANX lube is a winner - we put a lot of research and thought into getting this right for the body.
In terms of your endometriosis, I am sorry you’re going through this, it can be tricky to manage and unfortunately synthetic hormones are one of the main management options. However, other things you can use to help manage the symptoms include hot water bottles/ heat over areas of pain, pelvic massages, are castor oil to massage onto the body. Your diet is also very important and eating anti-inflammatory foods (lots of fruit, veg, such as blueberries, avocados and tomatoes, as well as almonds, olive oil and sweet potatoes and much more) definitely is something that can help in the longer term. Eating well will help in so many ways for good overall health.
Also, staying well hydrated and generally fit help with hormone balance. Finally, probiotics have shown to have a positive influence on the body, and there has been some limited research suggesting they help with vaginal dryness too.
I hope some of that helps, and good luck with everything. Keep us posted on how you get on.