No one likes a dry vag - but vaginal dryness is a very common issue and one that can be solved.
Vaginal dryness is an issue if things like inserting a tampon, menstrual cup or disc is uncomfortable. The other red flag that its an issue is if you experience pain during sex.
What Causes Vaginal Dryness?
Several things can lead to vaginal dryness including:
- A change in your estrogen levels. Estrogen levels can change at different times during your life (menopause, pregnancy, breastfeeding).
- Medications - medications can have an affect on vaginal lubrication, including birth control and some antibiotics.
- Removal of the ovaries and medical treatments such as chemotherapy can have an impact too.
Dryness during vaginal sex is also quite common.
- Different stages of the menstrual cycle affect estrogen and libido, and therefore also how dry the vagina might be.
- Starting medication or birth control might cause dryness. If you notice this, speak to your doctor as you may be able to switch to something different which would improve your symptoms.
What can you do?
- Always seek advice from a medical professional if you are concerned so they can look at all the scenarios which could be having an impact.
- Try some lube! Water-based lubes are usually safe with condoms (but always check). Avoid oil based products as they can degrade condoms and also set up infections in the vagina. Lube can also help menstrual cups and menstrual discs slide in more easily.
- Avoid unnecessary vaginal washes and fragrances. The vagina is self cleaning - you want to avoid scented products - stick to mild, unscented wash and avoid anything internal.