Vaginal dryness is a condition that affects women across all ages but is common to those approaching menopause and happens whenever the inner walls of the vagina do not have enough lubrication fluids leading to discomfort and pain during sexual intercourse. Pain during sex, bleeding, vaginal discharge that is mild, itchy and sore vagina are some of the signs that women suffering from this condition encounter. Discussed after this are the roots to this problem.
Menopause is the most common cause of this condition where the woman feels pain during intercourse due to inadequate lubricating fluid produced when menopause approaches. Decreased levels of estrogen, which regulate the development of a woman’s body, expectancy behavior and menstrual cycles leads to this problem. A way of curing this problem is through using hormone therapy, that adds to the amount of estrogen hormone in the body but this can result to cancerous infections as a side effect.
Cancer treatments is another determinant of this issue whereby chemotherapy causes hormonal changes through damaging the ovaries in a way they do not produce the required amount of progesterone and estrogen levels which results to thinner , fragile and elastic vaginal lining. Urogynecologist recommendation would have patients apply astroglide, surgilube or KY jelly as lubricating fluids, which are located at feminine hygiene and birth control sections of pharmacies.
The third root of vaginal dryness is low level of arousal before sex, which can be due to natural body problem or emotional and psychological pains. Urogynecologists say that libido may reduce as a result of the partner having premature ejaculation and poor sexual performance. This problem can be tackled through having the sex partners engage and connect emotionally more and practice things that help increase arousal before sex. Also, one should consider taking more vitamins for vaginal dryness such as Vitamin A and Vitamin B which are rich in Omega 3 which helps in increasing the vaginal fluid.
Stress and vaginal dryness are also closely related as stress leads to low libido, which in turn leads to low hormone production hence less lubrication.
This condition leads to less moisturization of body organs that need to stay hydrated. To solve this, a doctor can prescribe some drugs available for this condition after examination.
Lastly, smoking tobacco may effect to this issue since it impact the level of blood flow in body tissues in which the vagina is part of. The problem can be avoided by quitting smoking but also using lubricants before natural recovery, which should be monitored by the doctor.
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