Avoid using deodorants and perfumed products in and around your intimate area
Vaginal dryness is common and can affect up to up to one in three women. Also, whilst it frequently appears during and post-menopause, it’s not a problem exclusive to menopausal women. In fact, women of any age can experience it.
Normally, glands in your cervix produce a natural lubricant that keeps the vagina moist. This can change for a variety of reasons like dehydration or stress, and medication like oral contraception.
When you’re going through menopause the oestrogen levels in your body naturally decrease which is why you may experience vaginal dryness due to reduced natural lubrication.
Vaginal dryness symptoms
Most women experience the following vaginal dryness symptoms:
- Burning, soreness or pain inside the vagina or the lower vagina
- Itching, burning or soreness around the entrance to the vagina (vulva)
- Pain during sex, sometimes accompanied by light bleeding
- Recurring urinary tract infections
- Frequent need or urge to urinate
- Thinner vaginal lips (labia)
You should see a doctor if:
Vaginal dryness interferes with your lifestyle, relationships or sex life.
Vaginal dryness treatment
Vaginal dryness treatment depends on your individual situation, so it is always recommended to consult your doctor for treatment options.
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