Tips on Vaginal or Genital Dryness

Most women in their menopausal period are the ones who often experience vaginal dryness. Vaginal dryness is characterized by itching, burning, soreness, pain or light bleeding during sex, and frequent visits to the bathroom to urinate.

Vaginal dryness occur when the supply of estrogen decreases which causes the thinning and inflammation of the vaginal walls. This condition makes sexual intercourse uncomfortable and also affects a woman’s lifestyle and relationship towards her partner.

Though vaginal dryness often affects older women, this condition can also affect younger ones. Aside from lower levels of estrogen, its contributing factors include intercourse, diaphragms, condoms and tampons, medications, cancer treatments, allergens, douches, drying soups, and autoimmune diseases.

The discomfort caused by vaginal dryness can be lessened by following the tips and suggestions below.

Opt to use non-scented soaps – Hypoallergenic soaps like baby soaps have no harsh chemicals that can worsen the dryness of your vagina. When you are choosing soaps, select the non-alkaline ones. For feminine wash, go for the ones which are labeled as pH-balanced.

Wear cotton underpants – Always wear cotton undies to lessen the itchiness caused by the dryness of your vagina. The coolness of the fabric helps the skin of your vagina to relax.

Drink more water – Aside from washing impurities from your body, water therapy can lessen the soreness and pain brought by vaginal dryness. Increasing your water intake is very important to maintain the natural moisture of your body.

Have sexual intercourse daily – Though vaginal dryness can cause discomfort during sex, you are encouraged to do the deed more often to produce lubrication. This lubrication can lessen the discomfort brought by vaginal dryness.

Practice intimacy
– If doing sexual intercourse becomes unbearable, try to be intimate with your partner by cuddling each other, sensual touching and body massage. These are good alternatives to sex.

Edith Gordon is a freelance writer and a health blogger. She’s currently doing some online research about transvaginal mesh and related topics. She can be reached through twitter @edithgordon.

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