What is vaginal dryness?
The walls of the vagina have outer layers of moisture. As women’s hormone levels naturally vary through different life stages, these layers will decrease.
Vaginal dryness is a common symptom for many women and is often, but not always, linked to menopause and hormonal variations.
Other reasons for experiencing this can include:
- Breastfeeding or childbirth
- Medications or treatments like chemotherapy
- Medical conditions like diabetes or Sjögren’s syndrome
- Cigarette smoking
- Surgical removal of the ovaries
- Severe stress
- Rigorous exercise
Symptoms of vaginal dryness can vary and severeness varies too, but there are several different treatment options available – many of which are simpler than you think. Itchiness, burning and pain due to vaginal dryness can be cured.
No female body is exactly the same, which means that symptoms of vaginal dryness – and the level of severeness – differs between women. Some can suffer from itchiness, stinging and burning sensations, sometimes whilst urinating. Others can experience pain during intercourse, find that the intimate area is sore and get recurrent urinary tract infections (UTIs).
Symptoms can include, but are not limited to:
- Experiencing vaginal dryness
- Experiencing pain during intercourse
- Light bleeding connected to intercourse
- Feeling sore and itchy
- Burning sensations
- Recurring UTIs
The vagina and the surrounding area are sensitive and should be treated with care. First off, you should not use just anything in an attempt to increase lubrication. This is important: Always use products adapted to the vaginal area, only.
Depending on what is causing your vaginal dryness, the treatment for relieving the symptoms will vary. Common treatment options include:
- Vaginal moisturizers and lubricants
- Estrogen or non-estrogen oral therapies
- Local estrogen or DHEA (dehydroepiandrosterone) inserted into the vagina
- Avoiding perfumed soaps and other toiletries which are not adapted specifically for vaginal use
- Consider the material of underwear, cotton is suggested to be the best option.
Milder symptoms of vaginal dryness can be treated with non-hormonal options.
Is your vaginal dryness impacting your lifestyle? Are you avoiding certain activities or altering your life in any way consequently? Book an appointment with your doctor to find out what is causing the issue and find suitable solutions.
If you have not yet tested any treatment and your symptoms are mild, you could be helped by using a vaginal cream. Creams that don't contain estrogen are sometimes preferable, for example when breastfeeding. Consider your medical history before opting for a treatment containing hormones.
79% of patients in the clinically proven study were helped by VagiVital
VagiVital is a non-hormonal gel produced by Swedish Peptonic Medical and has a clinically proven effect. Female researchers from the Karolinska university hospital, Norrlands University Hospital and the Academic Hospital in Uppsala, found that 79% of patients in a clinically proven study experienced VagiVital helped them treat their symptoms of vaginal dryness.
To experience vaginal dryness is not uncommon, but it is treatable. VagiVital offers a 30-day treatment regimen, after which you can continue for 60 days for even better results.