Vaginal Dryness Can Affect Your Vaginal Health
A woman’s vaginal health is an important part of her overall health. Vaginal issues can take a toll on a woman’s emotional state, relationship, self-esteem, and desire for sex, just to name a few.
A decrease in estrogen secretions (eg. around menopause) can have several negative effects on the body, one of which being inadequate lubrication of the vaginal walls which leads to vaginal dryness. This is extremely irritating and uncomfortable for a woman, and can also negatively impact her vaginal health (by causing soreness, painful intercourse and/or light bleeding, recurrent infection, etc.) and overall health (by affecting self-image, emotional intimacy, etc.).
A thin layer of clear fluid typically helps the vaginal walls stay lubricated. Estrogen aids in sustaining the production of this fluid and helps to maintain a healthy vagina in terms of adequate moisturization, thickness, and elasticity of the vaginal walls. This means that when estrogen is decreased, vaginal tissues can become dry, thin and less elastic. This lends itself to more fragile tissue that may tear and/or bleed, and can also be more susceptible to infections.
While vaginal dryness is often associated with menopause, it can be prompted by other causes at various ages.
Possible Causes of Vaginal Dryness
Vaginal dryness can occur at different times in a woman’s life which can be prompted by various causes, including:
- Peri-menopausal state
- Chemotherapy or hormone therapy for cancer treatment
- Surgical removal of ovaries
- Some medications (allergy or cold medications, or anti-estrogen medications)
- Immune disease (such as Sjorgren’s syndrome in which your immune system attacks healthy tissue)
- Frequent douching (disrupts the vagina’s chemical balance and can cause inflammation)
- Lack of foreplay prior to sexual activity
The Impact of Vaginal Dryness on Daily Life
The severity of vaginal dryness may vary from woman to woman, but nonetheless, it is commonly irritating and uncomfortable and can significantly impact a woman’s quality of life.
Vaginal dryness may be accompanied by:
- Itching or burning
- Pain or light bleeding with sexual intercourse
- Recurrent urinary tract infections
- Urinary frequency or urgency
Vaginal dryness can affect a woman’s daily life due to:
- Difficulty walking or exercising
- Pain during sexual intercourse (dyspareunia)
- Decreased self-confidence and mood caused by stress and negative emotions
It is advisable to seek medical advice if you experience symptoms of vaginal dryness.
You Are Not Alone
A study conducted by the North American Menopause Society (2014) demonstrated the impact of vaginal discomfort on women and their partners. Of the 1,000 women (aged 55 – 65) experiencing vaginal discomfort and 1,000 male partners, it was found that:
- 58% of women avoided intimacy due to vaginal discomfort
- 64% of women experienced loss of libido due to vaginal discomfort
- 64% of women experienced pain associated with sex
- About 30% of men and women claimed they ceased having sex altogether due to vaginal discomfort
RepaGyn® is a hormone free option to help relieve vaginal dryness and help promote healing of vaginal tissue
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