what is vaginal dryness?
A woman’s vaginal health is an important part of her overall health. Vaginal dryness may be a problem for women at any age.
A decrease in estrogen secretions can have several negative effects on the body, one of which is inadequate lubrication of the vaginal walls which leads to vaginal dryness. This is extremely irritating and uncomfortable for a woman, and can negatively impact vaginal health, by causing soreness, painful intercourse, light bleeding, recurrent infection, etc.
causes of vaginal dryness
While vaginal dryness is often associated with menopause, it can be prompted by other causes at various ages, such as:
- Peri-menopausal state: means “around menopause” and refers to the time during which the body makes the natural transition to menopause.
- Chemotherapy or hormone therapy for cancer treatment
- Surgical removal of ovaries
- Childbirth & Breastfeeding
- Some medications (allergy or cold medications, or anti-estrogen medications)
- Immune diseases
- Frequent douching (disrupts the vagina’s chemical and biological balance and can cause inflammation)
impact of vaginal dryness
- The severity of vaginal dryness may vary from woman to woman, but nonetheless, it is commonly irritating and uncomfortable and can significantly impact a woman’s quality of life.
- Vaginal dryness may be accompanied by:
- Itching or burning
- Pain or light bleeding with sexual intercourse
- Recurrent urinary tract infections
- Urinary frequency or urgency