Vaginal dryness can strike women at any age. Many factors could lead to vaginal dryness. The main reason for dryness is a drop in the levels of estrogen hormone. Estrogen controls the secretion of a clear liquid that helps keep the vagina lubricated, healthy, thick and elastic.
Vaginal dryness is very uncomfortable. It can cause pain while sitting, standing, exercising, urinating and intercourse.
Causes of vaginal dryness
- Menopause and the closer you are to menopause
- Childbirth and breastfeeding
- Birth control pills
- Cancer treatments
- Removal of ovaries
- Anti-estrogen medications that treat fibroids or endometriosis
- Autoimmune disorders
- Allergy and cold medications
This uncomfortable condition can be successfully treated and you can get rid of the discomfort to regain your healthy sex life.
Topical applications are the most common treatment option used. They help raise the level estrogen enough to relieve the discomfort, but cannot match the natural levels of the hormone. These treatments include a flexible ring or tablet inserted into the vagina or a cream applied into your vagina. These have to be taken only under medical supervision after a doctor evaluates if these treatments are suitable for you.
Oral estrogen and non-estrogen therapies that make vaginal tissue thicker and more elastic.
Natural oils and longer preparation to make intercourse less painful.
Avoiding strong and perfumed soaps and lotions to help prevent irritation and dryness.
Vaginal dryness is a medical condition that can become extremely painful. Most women are too embarrassed to talk about this condition and suffer in silence. If the condition prevents you from your normal activities and from having a normal intimate relation with your partner, consult our gynaecologist for an accurate diagnosis of the cause. With the appropriate treatment, you can get relief and have a normal life.