A problem that is more common than you think and most women don't talk about is vaginal dryness, more than half of women suffer from it. Most often it occurs during sex, which can lead to pain and infection. These problems can lead to a loss of sexual desire and affect the relationship.
Vaginal dryness not only causes pain during sex, but can also make it difficult to sit, stand, exercise, urinate or work.
Here are the most likely reasons why your vagina feels drier than usual:
One of the most common causes of vaginal dryness is a decrease in estrogen levels. The reduction in oestrogen reduces the amount of moisture available and makes the vagina drier.
Breastfeeding mothers are also very likely to suffer from vaginal dryness due to low oestrogen levels.
Certain pre-existing conditions or treatments
Some autoimmune diseases can cause vaginal dryness. Also chemotherapy treatment and certain medications such as allergy and cold medications and some antidepressants.
Tampons can remove natural moisture as well as blood. Although this is not permanent, it can still lead to an imbalance.
Soaps, sprays, wipes and detergents with harsh ingredients can cause dryness and other irritations. Certain bath products are also not ideal for your intimate area.
Anxiety and stress
Psychological and emotional flare-ups such as stress and anxiety cause insufficient blood flow, which leads to dryness, especially during sex.
Stress can also lead to hormonal imbalance.
- Avoid intimate soaps and other harsh intimate products.
- Use oil for thorough cleansing
- Use a tampon no larger than your needs, or switch to pads or cups
- Use fragrance-free washing powder
- Use a lubricant during sex
- Talk to your doctor about problems related to low oestrogen