Hello #MomentumLovers! I'm Dr. Drai a board-certified OBGYN, sexual health expert, and founder of Momentum Intimacy. Through my FDA-approved condom & lubricant line called Momentum, I help people improve their intimacy and have a more satisfying sex life.
Vaginal dryness is a problem many women face. It can cause vaginal irritation during intercourse, which can lead to a myriad of problems both physical and mental. But the good news is, there’s hope. Let’s discuss the causes of vaginal dryness and what you can do to treat it.
Hormonal changes are usually at the root of vaginal dryness. Women experiencing perimenopause or menopause are the most common population that experience vaginal dryness. The thinning and drying of vaginal tissues when menopause begins occurs due to less production of the estrogen hormone that is needed to maintain vaginal tissue moisture. many other conditions can affect hormone levels including:
• cigarette smoking
• excessive stress
• immune system disorders, such as Sjögren syndrome
• rigorous exercise
• some cancer treatments, such as radiation to the pelvis, hormone therapy, or chemotherapy
• surgical removal of the ovaries
When treating vaginal dryness, the first step is to treat the underlying condition. If you are a smoker, seek help to stop smoking. See a therapist or doctor to discuss depression and ways to treat it. It is also important to avoid douching which can cause vaginal irritation and dryness. Some conditions, however, can’t be treated, but luckily there’s help. Lubrication gels are the most popular treatment for quick lubrication. Additionally replacing estrogen via creams or pills can also help relieve vaginal dryness.
Talk with your physician if you are struggling with vaginal dryness so that you can get the help that you need and avoid vaginal dryness.
Thank you for reading this #MomentumLovers! As always...I'm Dr. Drai a board-certified OBGYN, sexual health expert, and founder of Momentum Intimacy. Through my FDA-approved condom & lubricant line called Momentum, I help people improve their intimacy and have a more satisfying sex life.