Vaginal Dryness FAQ – Answers To Common Questions


What’s Vaginal Dryness All About?

Atrophic vaginitis, which is also known as vaginal dryness, refers to the absence of moisture in the vaginal walls and its opening.

Every woman’s body produces moisture that lubricates the vagina by secreting liquid from the walls of blood vessels inside the vagina. A drop in estrogen levels (due to menopause) can lead to a drop in the production of moisture, leading to vaginal dryness. There can be other reasons for vaginal dryness too (see below).

Vaginal dryness is very common. It impacts 40%-60% of women. Women between the ages of 40 and 55 are most affected by the condition.

How Do I Know I Have Vaginal Dryness?

Here are the main signals:

  • Itching
  • Burning sensation
  • Pain during intercourse or bleeding during intercourse
  • Irritation and general discomfort
  • Frequent urination

If these symptoms refuse to abate, or if they impact your daily life, or your health or psychology, then you must consult a physician.

Explain Vaginal Dryness During And After Menopause

As a woman nears her periods, a whole lot of hormonal changes take place inside her body. These changes impact the body in different ways, and can even cause discharge before and after menopause.

Many women continue to experience vaginal dryness even after menopause. Well, these women should treat the condition instead of feeling sad and aloof about it.

What Are The Causes Of Vaginal Dryness During Menopause?

  1. As outlined earlier – the low levels of estrogen in the body. Menopause diminishes estrogen production and low levels of estrogen lead to dry and thinner vaginal tissues. These low levels can change the Ph levels and turn acidic into alkaline, and this can cause infections and irritation.
  2. Pregnancy or delivery
  3. Allergy
  4. Breast feeding
  5. Some treatments like chemotherapy, radiation therapy, hormonal therapy, etc.
  6. Autoimmune disease like Sjogren’s syndrome
  7. Unhealthy lifestyle, smoking, alcohol, stress, domestic fights, emotional trauma.
  8. You will be surprised to learn that vaginal dryness can be caused by using douches and cosmetic products that are applied on or in the vagina. Even deodorants that are sprayed on panty liners can cause the condition.
  9. When both ovaries have been surgically removed

How Can I Prevent Vaginal Dryness Or Lessen The Symptoms?

Here’s what you should do:

  • Drink lots of water
  • Use a lubricant (a water-based lubricant)
  • Eat healthy
  • Work out
  • Relax, and stave off stress
  • Lead a healthy lifestyle
  • Stop smoking and consuming alcohol
  • Seek emotional support
  • Consult your physician

Here’s what you should not:

  • Excessively medicate yourself
  • Use an oil-based lubricant
  • Douche, because douching increases the risk of infections, pelvic inflammatory disease, and more.

How Is Vaginal Dryness Treated?

Women must first change their lifestyle before trying out any treatment. They can use mild vaginal moisturizers, but they must avoid antihistamines. If lifestyle changes and moisturizers do not help, women must first go in for herb-based medicines. Many cases are successfully treated by these alternative medicines. However, if alternative therapy does not work, women can consult their doctor. Doctors usually prescribe hormone replacement therapy or vaginal estrogen therapy.

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