Vaginal dryness can happen to any woman, but most commonly occurs in those experiencing menopause. Hormonal changes reduce the amount of lubrication in the vagina, causing dryness, discomfort, and itching. If you suffer from vaginal dryness, your doctor may recommend prescription or over-the-counter solutions to ease your discomfort.
In addition to lower estrogen levels that occur during menopause, the following conditions may also contribute to or cause vaginal dryness in women of all ages:
Other factors may also cause or contribute to dryness. Lack of stimulation prior to sex and certain illnesses may play a role in the condition.
Women who suffer from vaginal dryness may experience a range of symptoms including itchiness, discomfort, and pain. In turn, these experiences may result in a decreased interest in sex and pain during sex, painful pap smears, and general discomfort in daily life. Vaginal dryness is a common and very treatable condition. We recommend that any woman who experiences these symptoms speak to a qualified health professional.
To determine the proper treatment for vaginal dryness, your physician will likely ask questions and conduct a physical exam to look for redness and thinning of the vaginal walls. Understanding the root cause of the condition is the key to proper treatment. The most common forms of treatment include:
Every situation is different and may require a unique treatment approach. Discuss your situation with your physician and don’t be afraid to share as much information as possible. Often, the answer is a simple fix that provides immediate comfort. You deserve to enjoy sex and other normal activities without pain or discomfort.