Things That Can Cause Vaginal Dryness

Things That Can Cause Vaginal Dryness

Things That Can Cause Vaginal Dryness

There are many possible causes of so ­called dry vagina,

including hormonal changes, irritants to delicate tissues, and

even anxiety. Here’s what you can do to keep a lack of vaginal

lubrication from causing painful sex.

1­-You’re Stressed Out

Stress takes the blame for a lot of health issues, and you can add vaginal dryness to the

list. If it doesn’t temporarily kill your libido outright, feeling anxious or pressured can

make it harder to get turned on, says Dweck. Once the stress lifts, your juices should

start flowing.

2­-Your Birth Control Pill Is Messing With You

“One little­known side effect of oral contraceptives is reduced vaginal lubrication,” says

Dweck. And unlike some other side effects that happen when you first go on the Pill, this

one probably won’t clear up in a few months. “I’ll usually advise my patients to use

store­bought lubricant, or if it’s really uncomfortable, consider going off the Pill and

trying another type of birth control,” she says.

3­-Low Estrogen Levels

The walls of your vagina are normally constantly lubricated by a

thin layer of liquid. This is maintained in great part by the

hormone called estrogen. If your levels of estrogen are low, you

don’t get that wetness, which doubles as vaginal protection. Low

estrogen levels are the reason why dryness happens so often to

women during menopause, because estrogen levels drop at this

point in our biological lives. Other reasons why your estrogen

may be low include childbirth, breastfeeding, chemotherapy,

and smoking cigarettes.

4­-Childbirth/Nursing Can Cause Vaginal Dryness

At first, it may seem surprising to hear that new mothers experience vaginal dryness.

After all, the body is creating and discharging so many fluids to aid in the birthing and

nursing process during this time, one might think that providing vaginal lubrication would

be at the top of mother nature’s to­do list. Not so, say the experts at Parents Magazine.

“While you’re nursing, your body produces less of the hormone estrogen, which can

cause the tissues in your vagina to be thinner and drier than usual. The good news is

that things should get back to normal after you wean your baby. Until then, you can use

a water­based vaginal lubricant.”

What if you’re not breastfeeding but still experience vaginal dryness after giving birth?

This could be a temporary hormonal imbalance that your body will regulate on its own.

But if you’re concerned or the symptoms persist, ask your doctor for their advice.

5-­Menstruation Causes Vaginal Dryness

It’s normal for a woman’s hormone levels to dip while she’s on her period. One of the

primary hormones responsible for keeping your vagina moist during menstruation is

estrogen. When your estrogen levels are depleted, vaginal dryness can be an irritating

side effect, especially when it comes to inserting a tampon.

One quick fix for this is to apply a small amount of personal lubricant on the applicator to

make it easier to slide the tampon in. Better yet, you may want to consider avoiding

tampons, which can, by their absorbent nature, dry out the inside of the vagina. Try

using a pad instead, at least on days with high menstrual flow. You may want to refrain

from wearing panty liners when you’re not on your period, as these can also wick

natural moisture away from your most sensitive parts.

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