The vagina is naturally moist. Your body produces a fluid that lubricates the Vaginal area. But we are not in a perfect world so not everyone gets a moist vagina every minute of everyday. There are lapses and they are normal. But Vaginal Dryness can be a serious problem to other women. In this blog post, we will take a deeper look at vaginal dryness.
Causes of Vaginal Dryness
Menopause is one of the most common cause of vaginal dryness. The changes in a woman’s hormone levels affect the body’s ability to produce lubricating fluids. This is also the reason why the dryness is prevalent with older women. Menopause can cause estrogen levels to drop and this causes the vagina to lose moisture.
When experiencing childbirth and the breastfeeding process that follows after it, the body may produces less estrogen as well. The body prioritizes the production of milk for the newborn infant. And estrogen can interfere with it so the body balances the hormone out to give way for breastfeeding.
Douching is another possible reason why women experience dryness. Depending on where you grew up or what traditions you have been taught, you might have heard of or even tried douching. It is generally frowned upon because of the fact that a foreign object is getting into contact with the vagina. If there’s any abnormal reaction to occur because of douching, it can cause imbalance inside the vagina, and dryness later on.
Certain medicines, most often ones that are against allergies, cold, and asthma can also cause vaginal dryness. These medicines have antihistamine which have a drying effect on the body and contribute to reduced vaginal lubrication.
Effects of Vaginal Dryness
Aside from the lack of moisture in the vaginal area, there are other effects that the dryness causes. One is pain during a sexual intercourse. The pain could be characterized by irritation, burning sensation, and general pain while having an intercourse. This is a normal thing to happen if you lack fluids inside the vaginal canal.
You may also experience a lot of itching in many times during the day. This is one effect of vaginal dryness that can get you uncomfortable for a long time.
Recognizing that you are experiencing unusual dryness is the first step to treating it. Since the low estrogen count is a major culprit of vaginal dryness, you can take estrogen treatments. You can take small tablets or use supplements to aid the dryness in your vaginal area. If you were douching or using perfumed soaps, you can also lessen or not use them completely anymore.
Vaginal dryness can hit anyone so if you feel like you are experiencing the same, don’t keep it to yourself. There are many ways to diagnose and treat it.
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