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WOMEN'S HEALTH

What is Vaginal Dryness? Are There Any Home Remedies to Reduce it?

Burning sensation and irritation are a few vaginal dryness symptoms

Use a lubricant for vaginal dryness to minimize pain during sex

Apply vaginal moisturizer regularly to keep your vagina moist

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Bajaj Finserv Health
January 11th, 2022
7 mins read

The vagina forms an important part of the female reproductive system. There is a thin moisture layer coated on the walls of a vagina, which is responsible for the organ’s alkaline environment. If not for its alkaline nature, it would be difficult for the sperm to travel and survive in the vagina. 

With the help of vaginal secretions, the vaginal wall gets properly lubricated so that the friction decreases during sexual intercourse. As women’s age increases, they experience changes in hormone production. Vaginal dryness causes irritation in your pelvic and vaginal areas.

These fluctuations in hormone levels can result in the thinning of vaginal walls. As a result, the number of cells that secrete moisture decreases, which causes vaginal dryness. This atrophy of vagina is common in women after menopause [1]. At times, you may experience vaginal inflammation as estrogen levels in your body reduce. Though hormonal fluctuations cause vaginal dryness, this isn’t the only reason. To know more about this dryness meaning and remedies to tackle it, read on.

Additional read: 6 Important Facts You Need to Know About Menopause and Perimenopause

What Are Vaginal Dryness Causes?

Vaginal dryness in menopause is very common. This is mainly because of the dip in estrogen levels post menopause. Estrogen is an important female hormone that is responsible for female body characteristics. This hormone also plays a key role in pregnancy and menstrual cycle. While this is not the only reason for this condition, there are a few other causes mentioned below:

  • Stress
  • Delivery
  • Rigorous exercise
  • Smoking
  • Breastfeeding
  • Immune system disorders
  • Cancer treatment

There are some medications that may also result in vaginal dryness.

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How Do Vaginal Dryness Symptoms Affect You?

It is common to experience vaginal dryness during sex as well. Some of the notable signs and symptoms you need to watch out for include the following [2]:

  • Pain during sex
  • Irritation during any physical activity
  • Burning sensation
  • Itching in the vagina
  • Urinary tract and vaginal infections

If the reason for this condition is because of decreasing estrogen levels, you may also experience the following symptoms:

  • Your vagina becomes narrow
  • You may have low levels of vaginal secretions
  • You may experience tightening around your vagina

This condition can affect anyone. So, it is better to meet a doctor immediately if you notice any of the above symptoms. You gynecologist may do a pelvic examination after enquiring about your menstrual cycle. In some cases, you may have to undergo a swab test. The sample will be sent to the laboratory for further analysis. 

What Are the Different Effects of Vaginal Dryness?

This condition can cause soreness in your vagina. You may start to feel disinterested in sex due to the burning and painful sensation in the vagina. Another common effect of this condition is that you may experience bleeding after intercourse. You may also feel a stinging sensation that can cause irritation. 

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Are There Any Home Remedies for Vaginal Dryness?

Be it vaginal dryness before period or vaginal dryness after period, there are many home remedies you can try. For reducing vaginal dryness, home remedies can be safe alternatives for you to try. 

  • Wear cotton underwear to ensure that there is proper air circulation to the vagina. This can prevent its dryness. Synthetic underwear causes more irritation in your vagina due to less airflow. 
  • Lead an active sexual life to improve the blood flow in your vagina. 
  • Include foods like seeds, tofu and nuts that are high in phytoestrogens in your daily meals. 
  • Make sure that you use less of perfumed soaps, especially in your vaginal area to reduce the chances of dryness. Since your vagina has a self-cleaning property, there is no need to use any soap.

Tips to Prevent Vaginal Dryness

The best way to avoid this condition is by using a vaginal moisturizer. This moisturizer is specifically designed to be used in sensitive regions. Using it regularly may help you keep it moist and reduce dryness. You can also use water-based lubricants to keep your vagina moist and to provide relief from pain during sex. To improve the strength of your vaginal muscles, doing pelvic floor exercises can also help you a lot.

Additional read: Women’s Wellness: 6 Effective Tips to Boost the Female Reproductive System

If you are experiencing this dryness, do not neglect this condition. Seek proper medical advice on time. Your doctor may prescribe some vaginal dryness creams and vaginal moisturizers. You can even use a lubricant for vaginal dryness so that there is less itching and inflammation. Connect to top gynecologists in seconds on Bajaj Finserv Health. book an online doctor consultation or in-person appointment and tackle your vaginal issues on time. Address your symptoms and take proper care of your reproductive health.

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