Everything you need to know about vaginal dryness

What is that ?

Vaginal dryness, often associated with vaginal atrophy, is described as decreased estrogen levels and lack of vaginal lubrication. The more the quantity of hormone decreases, the more the tissue thins and causes both a lack of hydration as well as a loss of elasticity. This hormonal change can also make the vagina more prone to vaginal infections. The terms “lack of vaginal lubrication” are more commonly used. Vaginal dryness is not a major problem in itself since it is not an immediate danger to an individual's health. However, it will greatly affect a woman's sexual, physical and psychological health.


Who is affected by it?

They are women of all ages, young or old. However, the problem is mainly and more frequently found in women in menopause or post-menopause. Many women would like to preserve their active sex life, without annoying worries. 


The causes of vaginal dryness

The causes of vaginal dryness are manifested in several factors. In fact, several stages in a woman's life can create significant hormonal changes. The most common examples are: following childbirth, while breastfeeding, and during times of high stress or fatigue. However, menopause remains the most common cause. 

Other factors to consider:

  • Taking certain medications that would have a side effect on vaginal dryness.

  • A lack of proper hygiene of the genitals.

  • A lack of libido. This factor can be caused by the following: stress, fatigue, anxiety, lack of time, bad mood, etc.

  • A rapidity or complete absence of foreplay during intimate relations, thus preventing the production of a sufficient amount of natural lubrication. 



Vaginal dryness can manifest itself in different ways. Here are some examples:

  • A lack of natural lubrication of the vagina.

  • Light bleeding from tissues in the vagina that have become too thin and tender.

  • Itching and/or burning sensations.

  • Pain and/or discomfort, especially during intimate relationships.

  • Frequent urinary or vaginal infections.

  • A frequent and/or uncontrolled need to urinate.

It is strongly advised to consult a health professional if you experience one or more of the symptoms listed above in order to rule out other causes that may have the same characteristics.


Measures to effectively combat drought

Fortunately, there are simple, effective and easily accessible measures. Here are some examples: 

  • Take care of personal hygiene. To do this, clean all your products in contact with the genitals using an antibacterial cleanser intended for this purpose such as Steri-clean by Floravi (this product is intended for external use, in the same way as a soap). 

  • Avoid douching and the following products: scented soap, scented pads or tampons, deodorants, and perfumes.

  • Plan prolonged foreplay to promote optimal natural lubrication.

  • Use an unscented water-based lubricant. Periodic application of a water-based vaginal moisturizer can help with intimacy and discomfort due to vaginal dryness. To discover Floravi's non-irritating water-based lubricant that helps with vaginal dryness, click here.

  • Talk to a professional about your lack of libido and sexual desire.

  • Avoid major periods of stress and fatigue. Encourage rest.

Some women will need the help of a pharmacist or a doctor in order to resort to drug treatment. This treatment can be prescribed in several forms, for example a vaginal ring, a vaginal cream or a tablet. This estrogen-based treatment provides a hormone supplement that will restore the normal order of the vaginal flora and thus allow the woman to gradually return to a more active sex life.


The results

Since each case is different, it is impossible to say accurately when results will be apparent and satisfactory. However, adopting the measures mentioned can only promote the rehabilitation of the flora and reduce vaginal dryness. This subject remains to this day very little discussed and many women do not know how to remedy a problem that is so common. For the sexual and psychological well-being of women, it is important to take great care of her vaginal flora.

Sources :
Brunet, Health Professional 
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