Why am I dry down there all of the sudden?

Almost one in two women suffer from vaginal dryness, but you don’t have to live in discomfort with these simple solutions. Image source: Getty

It’s no secret that as we age, our bodies go through a vast array of changes. For women, vaginal dryness is one of these changes. It’s a subtle sign that no one else will notice, but one that you can definitely feel.

Vaginal dryness is common for women over the age of 45, with studies finding almost one in two women suffer from the condition. Not only does vaginal dryness cause general everyday discomfort, but the pain can become intense, affecting your sex life by making it an agonizing and unpleasant experience, and reducing your overall quality of life.

As normal as it is, many women are reluctant to discuss vaginal discomfort, often putting off treatment. There’s no need for you to suffer through vaginal dryness, Starts at 60 have put together all the information you need to combat and relieve the discomfort from the condition.

What are the symptoms of vaginal dryness?

You’ll likely know if you’re suffering from vaginal dryness; the discomfort from the lack of natural lubrication of the vaginal tissue can feel overwhelming. However, there are specific warning signs and symptoms.

The signs and symptoms are:

  • soreness, itching or burning in the genital region
  • pain or discomfort during sexual intercourse
  • light bleeding after intercourse
  • mild vaginal discharge

Pain and discomfort such as itching, burning and soreness during intercourse can be linked to other conditions such as:

  • sexually transmitted infections and diseases
  • vaginitis
  • low estrogen levels
  • lichen sclerosis (a postmenopausal condition causing scaly and inflamed genitals)
  • genital injury

It’s important to see a doctor if you’re experiencing any of these symptoms.

Why do I have vaginal dryness?

Vaginal dryness is most commonly linked to a drop in estrogen levels. Although these hormonal changes can happen at different moments throughout a woman’s life (childbirth and breastfeeding), menopause is the usual culprit for ageing women.

The drop in estrogen levels lead to internal and external vaginal skin thinning, becoming dry and sensitive. 

Other influencing factors in vaginal dryness can include certain medications, smoking and drinking alcohol.

Similar to dry hands and lips, your intimate area needs to be targeted to revitalise the area, bringing back the much-needed moisture.

How can I treat vaginal dryness?

There are a variety of ways to treat vaginal dryness such as hormone-free creams and lubricants, natural remedies and lifestyle changes. Reintroducing moisture can bring immediate relief to any pain and discomfort you may be suffering in your nether region. These options can help bring back your quality of life and reinvigorate your sex life. 

Hormone-free options

One of the best solutions is moisture therapy, Dr. Wolff’s Vagisan Moisturising Cream offers a hormone-free alternative that soothes and restores your intimate area. In contrast to a purely water-based gel, Dr. Wolff’s Vagisan Moisturising Cream not only moisturise the skin in the genital area but also provides nurturing lipids (fats). The cream has dual benefits of moisturising and soothing lipids and can be used to alleviate vaginal dryness. Dr. Wolff’s Vagisan can be used for the external area and it provides the option to use an applicator for internal and external use of the soothing cream.

Alternatively, the Moisturising Cremolum Pessaries from Dr Wolff’s Vagisan relieve the symptoms of dryness in the vagina. The hormone-free pessaries have a long-lasting soothing effect.

Natural remedies

Vaginal dryness can also be treated with natural remedies like keeping hydrated. Water is a natural lubricant and not keeping hydrated can perpetuate the dry condition. Eating foods that include plant estrogens such as soybeans, flaxseed, berries and dried fruits may also support the lubrication of your nether region. 

Lifestyle changes

Increasing blood flow through regular exercise can help bring balance back to your intimate region by stabilising hormone levels. Sex is also a good way to cause blood flow and stimulate moisture directly to the area. 

To avoid worsening the symptoms of vaginal dryness, it is important to seek treatment.

IMPORTANT LEGAL INFO This article is of a general nature and FYI only, because it doesn’t take into account your personal health requirements or existing medical conditions. That means it’s not personalised health advice and shouldn’t be relied upon as if it is. Before making a health-related decision, you should work out if the info is appropriate for your situation and get professional medical advice.

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