Vaginal or vulvar dryness is a condition in which the vaginal tissue thins and becomes dry due to decreased estrogen production. Women often experience vaginal dryness during and after menopause because of the hormonal changes the body goes through, but a woman can have vaginal dryness at any age brought on by estrogen levels dropping. Vaginal dryness can also lead to itching, burning, and even painful sex. Symptoms may include soreness and itchiness around the vagina and pain during sex.
Vaginal Dryness Causes
Menopause is a very common cause for vaginal dryness or vaginal atrophy. During perimenopause and menopause, estrogen levels drop as the ovaries slow down. Estrogen is what helps to maintain lubrication of the vagina keeping it moisturized and the vaginal walls thick.
Lichen sclerosusis a skin condition that causes the skin to become thin, white, and wrinkly and is commonly seen in women going through menopause due to decreased estrogen production. Vulvar itching is the most common symptom of lichen sclerosus, but other symptoms may include anal itching, painful sex, tearing, blisters, and bleeding.
Breastfeedingor even just childbearing can cause a dry vulva. Postpartum vaginal dryness is very common and is caused by a woman’s body going through so many hormonal changes during pregnancy. Estrogen levels are at an all time high during pregnancy, so naturally it’s going to lower and level out after giving birth.
Chemotherapy can unfortunately have some negative side effects in the body, including vaginal dryness. Estrogen can fuel cancer cell growth, so in order to prevent the cancer from growing further, chemotherapy attacks estrogen. This in turn can cause symptoms of menopause and vaginal dryness.
Vaginal Dryness During Sex
While women with vaginal dryness can experience discomfort doing any activities such as sitting or running, sexual intercourse can be an especially painful experience. Women experiencing pain during sex can consider lubricants and arousal serums. An option for women with dyspareunia is the Rosebud Woman Arouse Stimulating Serum that acts as a self-lubricant and a stimulant at the same time, which helps reduce pain and increase sexual desire and sensation.
Feminine Dryness Remedies
Consult your doctor if you’re experiencing any of the symptoms related to vaginal dryness as there could be an underlying condition causing it and there may be medical treatment options.
As for natural remedies for vaginal dryness, Honor Everyday Balm is a doctor and customer favorite. It helps to add back some needed moisture to the vagina and vulva. If you’re experiencing itchiness or a burning sensation, you might want Soothe Calming Cream. Formulated with aloe vera, arnica, chamomile and other soothing ingredients, this cream can help reduce swelling and pain after sex.