Some facts about Vaginal Dryness
- Pain, soreness and dryness
- Itching and irritation
- Urination can be painful
- Pain during intercourse, which can result in a loss of sexual desire
- Discomfort while sitting, walking, etc.
- Difficulty inserting tampons
Can be small tears and bleeding, particularly from even minor friction during intercourse.
Vaginal dryness can affect any women, although it is most common after the menopause, affecting more than 58% of post-menopausal women.
There are many reasons for vaginal dryness: low estrogen, hygiene products such as sprays and soaps, swimming pools, treatments such as antidepressants, cold and allergy medications, insufficient stimulation before intercourse and stress.
Hormonal changes have a dramatic effect upon the vaginal tissues, so that they produce less natural lubrication. This can happen in puberty, while breastfeeding, from having a hysterectomy or from chemotherapy.
Decreased levels of estrogen after the menopause also leads to a thinner, less elastic and more fragile vaginal lining, which is more susceptible to infection and injury.
Vaginal dryness is still considered a difficult subject to discuss, which can cause a big strain on personal relationships.
Only 25% of women with problems seek help.
When the vagina is dryer, there are fewer good bacteria, lactobacilli, which help to keep the vagina acidic, so the risk of infection is higher.
Also, the vaginal fluid acts as a barrier, against microbes, so when the vagina is dryer, there is a higher risk of infection.
Keeping the vagina moist is relatively easy, and the benefits are dramatic.