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Experiencing Vag*nal Dryness? Find Out What You Can Do About It


Feb. 18, 2020

Vag*nal dryness is the result of decreased levels of estrogen. Estrogen is the female hormone that keeps the lining of the vag*na
lubricated, thick, and elastic.
Lack of vag*nal moisture may not be a big deal to some, but it can have a large impact on a woman’s s£x life by causing pain and
discomfort during intercourse. Fortunately, there are several different treatments available to relieve the symptoms of vag*nal dryness.
Many women experience vag*nal dryness at some point in their lives. It is most common during and after menopause, but it can happen
to women of any age for varying reasons. Usually, the walls of the vagina are lubricated with a clear fluid. Estrogen helps to maintain that
thin layer of moisture while keeping the vag*nal lining thick and elastic.
When your estrogen levels decline, so does the amount of moisture in the vag*na. This can make you uncomfortable and have a significant
impact on your s£x life. Vag*nal dryness also makes it easier for infections to occur. The good news is that there are a number of
treatments available and you can get some over the counter while your doctor must prescribe others.
Symptoms of Vag*nal Dryness
i. You may be suffering from vag*nal dryness if you:
ii. Experience discomfort or pain during s£x
iii. Experience soreness or an itch in and around your vag*na
iv. Need to urinate more often than usual
v. Suffer from recurring urinary tract infections
Causes of Vag*nal Dryness
As noted before, menopause is not the only reason you may experience a reduction in vag*nal moisture. It may also be due to:
i. Breastfeeding
ii. Contraceptive pills or antidepressants
iii. Hysterectomy
iv. Cancer treatments such as chemotherapy
Each of these can cause a change in your estrogen levels. Vag*nal dryness may also occur if you:
i. Aren’t sufficiently aroused before and during s£x
ii. Use perfumed products like douches and soaps in and around your vag*na
iii. Have a condition, such as diabetes or Sjögren’s syndrome. The latter is an autoimmune disorder which attacks the body’s moisture-
producing cells.
Things You Can Try to Relieve Dryness and When You Should See A Doctor
There are a number of remedies you can try before you go to see your doctor. For example, you can use water-based lubricants when you
have s£x or try vag*nal moisturizers to make you more comfortable. Switching to unscented soaps and washes may also help. In addition,
incorporating more foreplay into your s£xual encounters can increase arousal and create more lubrication. Finally, since underwear made
from synthetic materials can make irritation worse, you should wear cotton panties which allow for better airflow.
If you try these suggestions for a few weeks and you don’t get any relief, it’s time to see a doctor. You should also seek medical attention if
vag*nal dryness is affecting your everyday life or it’s accompanied by bleeding after s£x or unusual vag*nal discharge.
Your doctor will likely give you a pelvic exam and check your vagina for any thinning of the walls or redness. The exam will indicate if you
have a urinary tract infection or vag*nal infection which could be causing your symptoms. The doctor may also take cells from your cervix
or vag*nal wall for a Pap test.
Treatments Your Doctor May Recommend
If your vag*nal dryness is due to low estrogen levels, the most common treatment is topical estrogen therapy. This helps to replace some
of the hormones which your body isn’t making. This should improve your symptoms without giving you as much estrogen as you would get
from pills.
You will likely get your estrogen in one of three ways:
i. A ring – This is a flexible ring which is inserted into the vagina. It releases a steady stream of estrogen hormone to the tissues and it is
replaced every three months.
ii. A tablet – This is placed in the vag*na once every day for two weeks using a disposable applicator. After the two-week period, it is used
twice a week until you don’t need it anymore.
iii. A cream – This is usually applied inside the vag*na daily for one to two weeks then reduced to one to three times weekly.
If you don’t need additional estrogen, your doctor may recommend that you buy glycerin-min oil-polycarbophil or another moisturizer.
Another option is ospemifene. Also known as Osphena, this is an oral medication which thickens the vaginal tissue and makes it less
fragile. This can make s£x less painful. However, it should be noted that the US Food and Drug Administration warns that Osphena can
thicken the uterine lining and increase the risk of blood clots and stroke.
If you’re struggling with reduced moisture and lubrication, rest assured that you’re not alone. While it is uncomfortable, vag*nal dryness
isn’t linked to any serious health problems. However, you should still seek medical attention. You may feel a little uncomfortable when
you go to the doctor but there’s no need to be embarrassed. Doctors deal with these types of personal issues all the time and they only
want to help you get better. The doctor will listen to your symptoms, examine you, and help you figure out what’s wrong. Together, you’re
likely to find a remedy which works for you so there’s no need to be overly worried.
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