Feminine Dryness: Why It Happens and How to Deal With It

Aug 262013
 

Dealing With Feminine Dryness

More About Feminine Dryness

Feminine dryness is something that most of us have experienced at one time or another. Whether it’s a one-off inconvenience or a regular occurrence, there are many reasons why your body may not produce enough moisture when you need it to. Typically, the vagina maintains an optimal level of lubrication with its own natural fluids. Sometimes, however, these can become insufficient or inconsistent as a result of changes in your body, external lifestyle factors, or emotional distractions. This can result in anything from discomfort during intimate activities to more serious ongoing complications.

Symptoms of intimate dryness can include itching, stinging, burning, and/or soreness around the vaginal opening. Some women also experience light bleeding during intercourse, or abnormal frequency or urgency in urinary activity.

Hormones: A Delicate Balance

The moisture in your vagina can deplete for many different reasons. A change in hormone levels, especially a decrease in estrogen, is the leading cause of vaginal dryness. For this reason, menopausal women are especially likely to have incidences of significantly reduced vaginal moisture—nearly 51% of North American women have reported vaginal dryness as an acute symptom of menopause.

Estrogen is your body’s principal feminine hormone. It is responsible for ensuring a proper balance of acidity and moisture, as well as regulating the elasticity of your vaginal cell tissue. Your estrogen level may fluctuate due to your menstrual cycle or during periods of pregnancy, childbirth, breast-feeding, or menopause.

The Right Care

Another common source of vaginal dryness is the irritation caused by the use of certain products. Some products contain chemicals that may disturb the natural environment of your vaginal system. With this in mind, you should always be careful only to use high quality, purpose-made products that are pH-balanced for your intimate areas.

Other external factors can also exacerbate existing conditions of vaginal dryness. Some women are sensitive to certain immersion situations, such as bubble baths or hot tubs—particularly in a shared or public setting. Medications can also create a risk of moisture depletion in your vagina and entire body. These include oral contraceptives, antidepressants, and even over-the-counter allergy and cold medications. High stress levels and cigarette smoking can also disrupt your feminine wellness.

Emotional Aspects

Inadequate foreplay during intimate activity can also aggravate vaginal dryness. Feelings of anxiety or nervousness, lack of body confidence or an underlying relationship concern are also likely to inhibit you from reaching a sufficient level of excitement for the production of enough natural lubrication. In these cases, intercourse can be uncomfortable and possibly even painful.

An Immediate Solution

Depending on the severity of your vaginal dryness issues, several approaches can be taken. The North American Menopause Society [NAMS] recommends using an intimate moisturizer as the first treatment effort. This can be the quickest, most straight-forward remedy for replenishing moisture in the vagina, relieving discomfort and easing intimate activities.

Over-the-counter intimate moisturizers are available in the feminine care section of most pharmacies and healthcare retailers. As mentioned above, the very delicate nature of your feminine areas means that utmost care must be taken when purchasing feminine care products, being careful to choose specially-designed feminine wellness ranges that offer formulas specifically created for your intimate needs.

The Long-term Approach

Your nutritional intake can also have a large impact on your feminine well being. Make sure to keep your entire body hydrated by drinking plenty of water. Maintain a well-rounded diet that includes good sources of cholesterol, such as soy or flax seed, which is necessary for production of natural vaginal lubricant. If dryness is persistent due to reduced estrogen in the body, hormone therapy may be the most suitable long-term treatment. Talk to your doctor about which of these therapy methods may be best for you.

 

Please note that advice offered by Intimina may not be relevant to your individual case. For specific concerns regarding your health, always consult your physician or other licensed medical practitioners.

Smoking woman's health

Smoke in Your Eyes: How Cigarettes Affect Intimate Health

Despite half a century of public anti-smoking efforts, tobacco remains the primary cause of preventable disease and death globally. Today, female smokers have caught up with their male counterparts as they face the same health consequences and some risks that tobacco has in store only for women. Usually, smoking habit starts in youth. In spite [...]

Read more »

medical_grade_silicone

What Makes Silicone Safe? A Look at What Exactly ‘Medical-Grade’ Means

Do you love your menstrual cup or personal massagers (or both!)? Do you also care about your health and safety? Assuming you answered ‘yes’ both these questions (because really, who wouldn’t?) then it’s time to strap in, because we’re about to talk about something super important that has to do with all of these: silicone. [...]

Read more »

PMS-vs-PMDD

PMS vs PMDD: What You Need to Know for Your Monthly Mental Health

PMS, or Pre-Menstrual Syndrome, is one of the most common, medically-recognized issues for menstruating women. In fact, you’ve probably heard any number of female family members gripe about PMS before you even really knew what a period was. Symptoms of PMS usually involve some combination of mood swings, cramps, tenderness of the breasts, and bloating [...]

Read more »

why_do_we_shave

Why Do We Shave? The Surprising History of Women & Hair Removal

It seems like no matter where you are, women are shaving everything from the neck down. But it’s no modern phenomenon–some archaeologists believe that body hair removal was embraced by cavewomen. So how did we get from scraping our body hair off with a sharp rock in a cave to today’s pretty pink shavers and [...]

Read more »

blog_history_birth_control

How Feminist Freedom Fighters Changed the Face of Sexual Health

For a pill the size of a pinhead, hormonal birth control has moved some serious mountains. A historical pillar of women’s sexual freedom and health rights, “the pill” helped shape the face of modern medicine, gender roles, and attitudes toward sex. As easy, affordable access to birth control comes under fire in political circles, we’re [...]

Read more »

myths_about_hymens

Myths About Hymens We’re Ready to Forget Once & For All

Today, we don’t even want to touch the whole concept of virginity (seriously, it’s pretty easy to poke holes into, pun semi-intended) but we do want to address some of the major misconceptions surrounding hymens – what they are, what they do, and why society’s obsession with them is wack. So What is a Hymen? [...]

Read more »

stay_hydrated

Stay Hydrated, Stay Healthy: Tips for Upping Your Daily Dose of H2O

Considering that planet Earth’s surface is composed of around 71% water, and the adult human body is made of more than half H2O – 60% to be exact – you’d think it would be a little easier to stay hydrated. In a fast-paced culture of sports drinks, soda, and coffee, water doesn’t exactly have the [...]

Read more »

new_years_resolutions

Cheers to Your Health: New Year’s Resolutions for 2018

There’s nothing that makes you feel like you ought to set some New Year’s resolutions quite like the week between December 25th and 31st – it’s a weird limbo period where no one knows exactly what time it is, but we’re more than happy to eat more turkey leftovers and Christmas chocolate. Many people focus [...]

Read more »

Your Guide to PCOS: What is Polycystic Ovary Syndrome?

If you’ve ever experienced intense cramping, unusually heavy menstrual bleeding or cramps that have been so intense they’ve left you unable to to attend work or school, PCOS – or Polycystic Ovary Syndrome may be the culprit. It affects 8-20% of menstruators worldwide and is unfortunately one of the leading causes of infertility if left [...]

Read more »

urinary_tract_infection

UTIs – What They Really Are & How to Avoid Them

If you have a vulva and have heterosexual penetrative sex, chances are you’ve experienced the dreaded UTI, or Urinary Tract Infection. While that sexual activity is not the only way to get a UTI, it is one of the most common, and in fact, UTIs are an extremely common ailment that will affect most women [...]

Read more »

  • Sign Up. It's Rewarding!
  • Join our newsletter list today.
  • Enjoy 10% off your first order.
  • *Email address
  •  Birthday
  • *Required field
      View our terms and conditions
INTIMINA uses cookies to improve our service to the customer. By continuing to browse our site, you agree to our use of cookies detailed here . ACCEPT