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There are many reasons why a vagina is dry. Regardless of the cause, the effect is usually the same, uncomfortable sex and tension between partners. Men often feel they don’t “turn her on” while women wonder why their natural vaginal lubricant is gone. Too many women are afraid to tell their partner for risk of rejection. The first step when experiencing discomfort and dryness is a visit to a doctor. Chances are excellent the difficulty is due to natural changes but a pelvic exam will rule out disease. Every woman, at some point, will have to deal with vaginal dryness and itching. There are many simple solutions available at varying costs and effectiveness.
Vaginal lubrication occurs naturally when a woman is sexually aroused. Fluid flows from the encircling blood vessels of the vaginal area. Arousal brings more blood, which in turn releases more moisture. But even though you may be emotionally aroused with your partner sometimes it doesn’t translate into moisture in your vaginal area.
Menopause tends to decrease estrogen, resulting in thin and fragile tissue, less elasticity, and decreased secretions. Not only does sex hurt, the body becomes more susceptible to inflammation, especially urinary tract infections.
Dry vagina symptoms vary among women, the most common being itching, burning, and painful intercourse. Many feel sore or notice bleeding, particularly after sex. Another symptom may be the need to urinate more often.
Lifestyle changes can lead to significant improvement. Staying hydrated by drinking appropriate amounts of water helps. Cigarette smoking is a major culprit, as well as certain personal care products such as douches. Changing to a different method of birth control can also make a big difference. There are many manufacturers of birth control, feel free to try others to see if they give you relief from your dry vagina.
Stress is another big contributor to dryness. With women under more stress than ever before, adding the stress of vaginal dryness makes the matter even worse. Partners are often not understanding and see the problem as a sign of personal issues in the relationship adding even more stress!
Doctors often recommend hormone therapy, including applying topical estrogen. Diet modifications can provide relief, as low-fat diets diminish estrogen production. Soy products can assist in increasing lubrication to the vaginal area. Some women turn to herbs, like black cohosh as a natural solution.
Using body lotions on genitals, taking bubble baths, or inserting food items like yogurt, or even vinegar, will worsen conditions. Don’t use these methods.
Lubricants are also effective is lessening the negative effects of vaginal dryness. Those containing petroleum jelly should not be used, as they will increase dryness over time, as well as interfere with birth control products such as condoms. Choose lubricating products made from natural ingredients. Not only will they naturally assist, regardless of why the vagina is dry, they usually contain antioxidants that promote good vaginal health. Natural vagina lubricants will not only work with your body to increase your natural moisture but also increase your “inner sex drive.” They’re designed to increase the flow of blood in and around the vaginal walls and restore what many women refer to as “the inner fire.”