Vaginal dryness can be as a result of hormonal changes, irritants to delicate tissues, anxiety, and more. Here’s how to keep a lack of vaginal lubrication from causing painful intercourse.
Causes of vaginal dryness range from physiological factors, such as hormonal changes or medication side effects, to emotional and psychological issues, like a lack of desire or even anxiety. Fortunately, there are nearly as many options for dry vagina relief as there are causes.
This may be good news for the two-thirds of women over 60 who list vaginal dryness as one of their top two sexual health problems — the other being lack of interest in sex — as part of a survey of more than 800 women to identify sexual health challenges. The results were published in the August 2015 issue of the Journal of Women’s Health. Vaginal dryness can also be a concern for women younger than 60, however.
The first step in treating vaginal dryness is figuring out the source of the discomfort, especially if a dry vagina is causing painful inter-course. A number of conditions can lead to a lack of vaginal lubrication:
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