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Vaginal Dryness During Menopause

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Concerned about vaginal drynessWhat is vaginal dryness?


Vaginal dryness occurs when the vagina does not have enough moisture. The lack of moisture can cause localized symptoms, and, left untreated, it may lead to vaginal atrophy.

Estrogen plays a key role in the vagina producing a thin layer of moisture that keeps the vaginal tissues healthy and elastic. If there is not enough estrogen as a result of menopause, hormonal changes, or health issues, you may experience vaginal dryness. Using cold or allergy medications can also cause some vaginal dryness, as can douching.

The symptoms of vaginal dryness can be mild irritation and itching, or you could experience burning, soreness, or pain with intercourse. You may also find you have some light spotting or bleeding. You could also have some bladder issues such as urinary urgency and frequency or urinary tract infections.

Using some form of estrogen therapy can help treat vaginal dryness. You can choose from the many hormone delivery systems depending on your symptoms and needs. You can also try over the counter vaginal moisturizers and personal lubricants. Making sure you have adequate moisture for intercourse can also be helpful. You may also want to avoid using products which can be irritating to the vagina. These include soaps, detergents, powders, lotions, and perfumes.

If you believe you are dealing with vaginal dryness, talk to your doctor about your symptoms. Together you can determine if life style or medication changes, hormone replacement therapy (HRT), or over the counter products could be helpful.


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

08-15-2015 - 12:11 PM


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