Vaginal dryness occurs when the vagina does not produce enough lubrication, potentially leading to itching and chaffing in and around the area and uncomfortable intercourse. As a result, a woman suffering from vaginal dryness may not only feel uncomfortable throughout the day, but her relationship with her significant other may also be affected. To learn more about the causes of vaginal dryness and how to handle it, continue reading.
What Causes Vaginal Dryness?
The most common cause of vaginal dryness is the reduced production of the hormone estrogen. Without sufficient levels of estrogen, the elasticity and acidity are also reduced, causing a thinner, more delicate vaginal lining. There are many reasons a woman may develop vaginal dryness but the condition often occurs as a side effect of menopause. Also, certain medications, medical conditions, and even douching can disrupt the balance.
Who Is at Risk of Developing Vaginal Dryness?
Vaginal dryness most often occurs at times of hormonal imbalance caused by rapidly decreasing estrogen. Because of this, there are certain time periods in a woman's life in which she is more likely to experience vaginal dryness. A woman is more likely to suffer from this condition if she:
• Is menopausal or postmenopausal
• Has recently given birth or is breast feeding
• Has cancer and is undergoing treatment
• Has had her ovaries removed
• Has an immune disorder
• Smokes cigarettes or abuses alcohol
What Can I Do about Vaginal Dryness?
There are many options available for the treatment of vaginal dryness. There are medications a doctor can prescribe and lifestyle changes you can implement. These are:
Using a vaginal lubricant during intercourse
Giving yourself more time to make intercourse easier elongating foreplay
Avoiding douching, bubble baths, and using other scented products near the sensitive area
Trying estrogen therapy. Introducing hormones into the body can sometimes make symptoms worse and for that reason it is very important to try this treatment with professional medical supervision. Try natural forms of estrogen first, as they have a lower risk of side effects.
Vaginal dryness isn't typically a sign of a more serious health complication, but can cause a disturbance to your normal life. There are many forms of treatment available and your doctor can help you determine what the best treatment for you may be. To continue reading about how to stop suffering from vaginal dryness, visit the link below.
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