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Vaginal V-Zone Dryness after Hysterectomy

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Vaginal Dryness after hysterectomySince my hysterectomy I feel so dry during intercourse. In fact, even when I'm not intimate, my vagina feels so dry and even itchy. What can I do about this?

Vaginal dryness is a common problem for women during and after menopause and it is especially common following a hysterectomy and oophorectomy.

It causes pain during sex. It causes itching. It causes unexpected bleeding. It causes a burning sensation. It causes frequent urination or urgency.

There is no need to suffer through the pain and frustration of vaginal dryness. Now is the time to call your doctor's office and make an appointment. Set aside any embarrassment you might feel.

Estrogen helps keep vaginal tissue healthy by maintaining normal vaginal lubrication, tissue elasticity and acidity. These conditions create a natural defense against vaginal and urinary tract infections. However, when your estrogen levels decrease, so does this natural defense, leading to a thinner, less elastic and more fragile vaginal lining.

This decrease in estrogen can be caused by your oophorectomy or natural menopause. Either way, the result is the same.

Make an appointment with your doctor. Set aside any possible embarrassment of the topic and be prepared with notes to help you through the appointment, if needed. Your doctor may give you a pelvic exam to check the vaginal tissue. They may give you a pap smear exam. Your doctor may do a urine analysis if urinary frequency is one of your symptoms.

A prescription for a systemic estrogen therapy may help if you are not taking hormone replacement therapy HRT.

Also,vaginal estrogen therapy is the usual treatment and it comes in several forms:Your doctor might, also, suggest over-the-counter vaginal lubricants,moisturizers or even natural solutions.

Adding estrogen therapy directly to your V Zone is often the exact answer to this painful condition of vaginal dryness and atrophy. There is no need to suffer.

This content was written by a member of HysterSisters.com as a non-medical professional based on discussions, resources and input from other patients for the purpose of patient-to-patient support.

07-19-2011 - 07:17 PM


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