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Vaginal dryness

Vaginal dryness occurs in women of all ages but after menopause, it is very common. Dryness can lead to other symptoms like itching and burning, all of which can make sex painful and decrease quality of life.

One of the major reasons for vaginal dryness is low estrogen levels which can occur for a variety of reasons including the transition to perimenopause and menopause.


Data from the Study of Women Across the Nation (SWAN) showed that 50% of women don't report vaginal dryness to their healthcare providers, and less than 4% of affected women are actively using any of the many proven therapies.

Other reasons for vaginal dryness include

  • Childbirth and breastfeeding

  • Radiation or chemotherapy treatment for cancer

  • Surgical removal of the ovaries

  • Anti-estrogen medications used to treat uterine fibroids or endometriosis

  • Douching

  • Sjogren's Syndrome

  • Lack of arousal during sex

Treatment options include

  • Water-based lubricants during sex (short-term moisture).

  • Topical estrogens in the form of vaginal rings, gels, creams, or pills (talk to a medical professional).

  • Avoid strong or perfumed soaps or lotions near the vagina.

  • DO NOT douche (flush the vagina with water).

  • Phytoestrogens, such as soybeans, soy products, or flaxseed may help reduce vaginal dryness.


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By consulting with our experts, you might be able to find the root cause to the health issue and resolve it better.

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