Vaginal dryness

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What is vaginal atrophy?

If you’re suffering from vaginal dryness, rest assured you’re not alone. Up to one in three women will experience it during their lives. While vaginal dryness is common during, and post-menopause, women of any age can experience it.
Vaginal dryness or vulvar dryness occurs when the natural lubricant in your vagina, which normally keeps your vagina moist, decreases.

Vaginal dryness can also result from a number of different causes, and it may seem like a relatively unimportant issue at first. However, dryness in women can have an important and negative effect on their sexual intimacy, as well as impacting their couple life.

The term vaginal atrophy is used to describe the combination of vaginal dryness with associated urinary troubles. For many women, vaginal atrophy not only makes intercourse painful, but also leads to distressing urinary symptoms. If left untreated, vaginal dryness can cause sores or cracking in the vagina’s tissues.

Simple, effective treatments for genitourinary syndrome of menopause — vaginal atrophy and its urinary symptoms — are available. Reduced estrogen levels result in changes to your body, but it doesn’t mean you have to live with the discomfort of GSM.

At Elna Sexual Wellness we offer a multidisciplinary approach to treating your sexual concerns.

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When to seek medical help? Lack of vaginal lubrication?

If vaginal dryness is interfering with your lifestyle, relationships or sex life, talk to your doctor about your symptoms to get the right treatment – vaginal dryness doesn’t have to hinder your daily life at any age.

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Symptoms

Vaginal dryness can cause discomfort in the vaginal and pelvic regions. Most women experience symptoms such as:

  • Burning or pain inside the vagina or the lower vagina
  • Loss of interest in sex
  • Pain with sexual intercourse
  • Light bleeding following intercourse
  • Soreness
  • Recurring urinary tract infections
  • Frequent need or urge to urinate
  • Vaginal itching or stinging
  • Thinner vaginal lips (labia)

Vaginal dryness can be a source of embarrassment. This may prevent women from discussing symptoms with their physician or partner; however, the condition is a common occurrence that affects many women.

In most cases, the symptoms can be treated and sexual performance can be restored.

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Living with uncomfortable vaginal dryness doesn’t have to be part of getting older.

Vaginal dryness affects many women, although they frequently don’t bring up the topic with their doctors.
If vaginal dryness affects your lifestyle, in particular your sex life and relationship with your partner, consider making an appointment with a doctor.

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The causes of vaginal dryness

During menopause, estrogen production slows and then stops. When that happens, a number of changes happen in a woman’s body, including reduced natural lubrication in the vagina—female lubrication problems.

Normally, the walls of the vagina stay lubricated with a thin layer of clear fluid. The estrogen hormone helps maintain that fluid and keeps the lining of the vagina healthy, thick, and elastic.

During menopause, reduced estrogen levels impact the amount of moisture available. It also makes the vagina thinner and less elastic. This is called vaginal atrophy (female lubrication problems).

In addition to menopause, estrogen levels can drop from:

  • Childbirth and breastfeeding
  • Radiation or chemotherapy treatment for cancer
  • Surgical removal of the ovaries
  • Anti-estrogen medications used to treat uterine fibroids or endometriosis

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Treatment options

There are many potential responses to vaginal dryness. The doctor will evaluate your situation and determine the best course of action. The list below shows some non-surgical therapies.

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