Clue is on a mission to help you understand your body, periods, ovulation, and so much more. Start tracking today. Vaginal lubrication is often closely tied to levels of the hormone estrogen, which changes at various life stages.
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Emma Kaywin, a Brooklyn-based sexual health writer and activist, is here to calm your nerves and answer your questions. Q: I think there may be something wrong with my vagina. Is there anything I can do to make my vagina less dry?
Vaginal dryness can be a problem for many postmenopausal women. Vaginal dryness is a hallmark sign of the genitourinary syndrome of menopause, also known as atrophic vaginitis or vaginal atrophy. With this condition, vaginal tissues become thinner and more easily irritated — resulting from the natural decline in your body's estrogen levels during menopause.
Although it is commonly linked to menopausal and post menopausal women, vaginal dryness can occur at any age. Vaginal dryness results from a lack of natural lubrication inside the vagina. Because this is a problem that can cause discomfort and irritation during sex, it is important to learn ways to increase lubrication.
Talk to your psychiatrist about switching to a different medication until you find one that works best for your mental health and your sexual health. Landa says that breastfeeding is also a common time when women have trouble with vaginal dryness due to hormones. Aging, smoking, and other factors that can cause blockage of the arteries could block small arteries in the vaginal area and reduce moisture there, Dr. Landa explains.
Vaginal lubrication is a naturally produced fluid that lubricates a woman's vagina. Vaginal lubrication is always present, but production increases significantly near ovulation and during sexual arousal in anticipation of sexual intercourse. Vaginal dryness is the condition in which this lubrication is insufficient, and sometimes artificial lubricants are used to augment it.
Sex should always be enjoyable for you. Instead, having a dry vagina can make sex a lot more painful, way less enjoyable, and can lead to other issues, such as urinary tract infections. The good news is there are currently drugs out there that can treat the issue. Treatments that include the hormone estradiol have been known to help older women, in particular, deal with painful sex caused by vaginal dryness.