Vaginal dryness is something a lot of women experience– they may be headed toward menopause, be experiencing surgically induced menopause (as with a hysterectomy), or may not be producing enough estrogen in their body. Vaginal dryness is extremely common and is something that needs to be brought to your physician’s attention.
Why does vaginal dryness occur? A lack of estrogen can be responsible for changes to the entire vulvovaginal area including the bladder and urethra. Also, women who do not regularly have intercourse may experience dryness.
What does vaginal dryness feel like? When dryness in this area occurs a woman might feel itchy inside or outside the vagina, experience urinary urgency or frequency, or feel as though she’s starting to get a bladder infection (if you’re unsure, make sure to visit a doctor to rule out actual infection). Intercourse can be painful and can increase the urinary symptoms.
What can I do to reduce symptoms? There are a few things that you can do at home. Discontinue the use of powders or pads/pantyliners. Have regular sexual intercourse with a natural lubricant– it can help restore blood flow and increase lubrication in the vagina. Increase hydration throughout the day. Also, talk to your doctor about the use of a natural estrogen that you can apply daily to the vaginal tissue– you will notice a difference the first time you use it.
Vaginal dryness is something a lot of women experience, and it can lead to a loss of sexual desire which can affect your marriage or relationship. Make an appointment or talk to your doctor during your annual appointment.
“Menopause FAQs: Understanding the Symptoms.” The North American Menopause Society. 2017. https://www.menopause.org/for-women/expert-answers-to-frequently-asked-questions-about-menopause/menopause-faqs-understanding-the-symptoms