Vaginal dryness is a very irritating problem. Though it does not cause any major health problem but it can be quite uncomfortable and can disrupt sexual life of a woman. Most of the women find it quite embarrassing to discuss with their doctor about the reason behind sudden dryness and itching in their vagina leave alone tremendous pain they face during intercourse.
Somehow, the good news is that vaginal dryness can be treated. Yes, you need to be confident enough to talk to your doctor about the problem and diagnose the cause but the effort is worth it.
Causes Of Vaginal Dryness
Changes during menopause are one of the major reasons behind vaginal dryness. The female hormone estrogen is responsible for keeping vagina moist and vaginal walls elastic and firm. A drop in estrogen levels lead to thinning of vaginal walls, dryness and itching.
Drop in estrogen levels in experienced during perimenopause, menopause, during breastfeeding and after child birth. Sometimes, cancer treatment like radiation therapy to the pelvis area or chemotherapy can also contribute to decreased estrogen levels leading to vaginal dryness.
Emotional And Psychological Problems
Sometimes, emotional and psychological problems like stress and anxiety can lead to low sexual desire. When there is loss of sexual desire or a woman is stressed, there may be less flow of blood towards vagina which may lead to less vaginal lubrication, resulting in vaginal dryness during sexual contact.
Sometimes, certain type of medication can also lead to vaginal dryness among women. Antihistamines found in antiallergic medicines and medicines meant for curing cold can cause vaginal dryness.
Antihistamines are those medicines that are generally used to treat various types of allergies. Sometimes, asthma medication can also cause vaginal dryness.
Insufficient Arousal At The Time Of Lovemaking
It is a well known fact that a woman’s feelings are closely associated with her sexuality. Sometimes, when a woman has low libido or has problems with the sexual partner then there may not be sufficient lubrication. Likewise, if the sexual partner has problems like premature ejaculation or poor performance then it can affect vaginal lubrication of a woman causing vaginal dryness.
Sometimes, women get allergic to certain chemicals or perfumes used in soaps, detergents or other such products. Sometimes, remnants of these products stay on underwear or towels, leading to vaginal dryness. Some women get allergic to douching, lubricants placed in vagina or pessaries used for contraception.
Allergy to any of these chemical substances can lead to vaginal dryness. Stay away from douching or highly absorbent tampons or any other such things which require you to place something in your vagina unless your doctor asks you to do so.
Sjogern’s syndrome is an autoimmune disease. An autoimmune disease is one in which body’s immune system turns against the body’s own cells. In this disease, the immune system affects body’s moisture producing glands and causes dryness in vagina and other body parts like mouth, eyes, etc.