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What Are The 5 Common Causes Of Vaginal Dryness?

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Causes of vaginal dryness range from physiological factors, such as hormonal changes (decrease in the estrogen level) or medication side effects, to emotional and psychological issues, such as lack of desire or even anxiety. Other factors are insufficient arousal and Irritants like soaps, laundry detergents, perfume or lacy inner-wear.

Vaginal dryness is present when the tissues of vagina are no longer well-lubricated and healthy. When these symptoms are caused by a decreased amount of estrogen in a woman’s body, it is called atrophic vaginitis.

According to studies, this chronic and progressive medical condition has been estimated to affect up to 50%-60% of postmenopausal women (1).

What are the symptoms of Vaginal dryness?

Women with this condition may have a variety of symptoms that may include vaginal and vulvar pain, external and internal irritation, and aches in the vulva and vagina. Vaginal dryness due to lowered estrogen levels or hypoestrogenemia can be accompanied by itching, severe burning, discharge, and dyspareunia (painful intercourse) (2).

Causes of Vaginal dryness

Factors that can lead to a lack of vaginal lubrication are as follows:

Hormonal Changes

Decrease in estrogen levels during conditions such as menopause, childbirth, or during breastfeeding, is one of the most common cause for vaginal dryness as the vagina depends on estrogen for health. Estrogen is a group of steroid hormones which support the maintenance of a healthy vaginal tissue by maintaining normal vaginal lubrication, tissue elasticity and acidity. When the estrogen levels decreases, this leads to the decline in elasticity, thinning of the vaginal lining making the vagina more prone to infections such as urinary tract infection.

Sexual problems

Insufficient arousal due to low libido or sexual problems can also lead to a lack of vaginal lubrication.

Allergens and Chemicals

The vagina can become irritated from soaps, laundry detergents, lotions, perfumes. Some women are allergic to the chemicals in these products, which may cause aggravation of vaginal dryness.

Stress

Stress and anxiety can cause decreased interest in sex which may lead to vaginal dryness.

Medications

Some allergy and cold medications contain decongestants that can decrease the moisture in many parts of your body, including your vagina. Anti-estrogen medications can result in vaginal dryness.

Treatments for Vaginal Dryness

There are many treatments for vaginal dryness such as: Hormone replacement therapy (HRT), Lubricating gels, Oestrogen creams and other topical preparations (3).

Alternative treatments

  • Consuming a diet rich in soybeans and soy products will help alleviate the symptoms of vaginal dryness as these mimic the effects of estrogen.
  • Including Wild yam, Flaxseed and food rich in Vitamin E such as nuts, apricots and green vegetables can be extremely helpful if you are suffering from this condition.

References

  1. Stenberg A, Heimer G, Ulmsten U, et al. Prevalence of genitourinary and other climacteric symptoms in 61 year old women. Mauritas. 1996
  2. Bachmann GA, Nevadunsky NS. Diagnosis and treatment of atrophic vaginitis. Am Fam Physician. 2000
  3. Vulvar and Vaginal Atrophy: Physiology, Clinical Presentation, and Treatment Considerations- Lev-Sagie Clin Obstet Gynecol. 2015
  4. Vaginal dryness alternative treatments. (2013, November 10). Retrieved from http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/002142.htm
CureJoy Editorial

The CureJoy Editorial team digs up credible information from multiple sources, both academic and experiential, to stitch a holistic health perspective on topics that pique our readers' interest.

CureJoy Editorial

The CureJoy Editorial team digs up credible information from multiple sources, both academic and experiential, to stitch a holistic health perspective on topics that pique our readers' interest.

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Cassi M Nance
Cassi M Nance 5pts

A man your not attracted to and I wouldn't know of any other because I don't have that issue.

Materoa Porter
Materoa Porter 5pts

i aint cetainly aint got a dry one at the moment

Marie Savu
Marie Savu 5pts

Dr. suggest using coconut oil...

Heather Reinhardt
Heather Reinhardt 5pts

Its called foreplay, it solves that problem and quick if you know what you're doing, jus sayin!

Kevin Woodland
Kevin Woodland 5pts

Just a joke ladies I couldn't help it. Perfect moment for this meme. Respect to all. Seriously. :)

Sadhana Tiwari
Sadhana Tiwari 5pts

TLC----- Tender Loving Care is all that is needed

Marny Anderson
Marny Anderson 5pts

Hahaha...men in a hurry..boring lover You ladies got that correct.. I can't stop laughing.