Countless women from every continent will attest to sharing a common condition, that of vaginal dryness. However, we remain reluctant to seek advice on the cause or cure, possibly because we view this as an inevitable feature of the menopause and pre-menopause, (peri-menopause). The good news is we no longer have to tolerate vaginal dryness, as there are treatments available to significantly reduce and in some cases eradicate this embarrassing and distressing condition.
Vaginal dryness occurs when the tissues lining the vagina become thin and the naturally occurring surface lubricating hormone, oestrogen, decreases, causing fragility and dryness of the area. This puts us at risk of vaginal infection, damaged vaginal walls, general irritation and inevitably, pain on intercourse. All of these symptoms can and do have a profound effect on our functionality, dignity, sexual wellbeing and overall health.
The first step to dealing with vaginal dryness is to ascertain the cause by examining our personal lifestyle situation.
One contributing factor could be lack of stimulation before sexual intercourse, where you may feel unprepared or ‘not in the mood’ for intimacy. This has an adverse effect on the naturally occurring lubricants within the vagina, which are more active the more stimulated you feel. A dry vagina will inevitably be less receptive to sexual stimuli.
Another contributor to vaginal dryness is breastfeeding, as oestrogen is suppressed during regular breastfeeding and it is the hormone oestrogen which needs to be in plentiful supply to condition the vaginal walls.
The menopause is the biggest contributor to this symptom, as oestrogen levels decrease and remain low, before, during and after the menopause, resulting in vaginal dryness.
Hormonal preparations can adversely affect oestrogen levels, leading to vaginal dryness. Medications for dermatitis and even some birth control pills can have this effect.
The effect of anxiety and depression on oestrogen production cannot be over emphasized so getting to the root cause of anxiety and depression can help to improve the body’s overall health, including the libido.
If you have had treatment for breast cancer, the option of hormone replacement therapy will not be suitable for you and therefore replacing lost oestrogen won’t be an option.
The onset of early menopause will also cause vaginal dryness in many women.
Once you have identified the root cause or causes of your vaginal dryness, the next step is to seek an expert opinion from a gynecologist who can guide you to the best solution based on the source of the problem personally for you.
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