Why is my vagina dry?

Imagine this: you’re out on a date with your crush and he starts complimenting you, telling you all the things you want to hear, laughing at your jokes and all. Then, all of a sudden, you start to feel an itching sensation down there – yes on your vagina. It gets worse and worse until you run to the bathroom to relieve yourself of this itch.

What causes vaginal dryness?

The most popular cause of vaginal dryness is a drop in the body’s estrogen level. This happens when a woman is going through menopause, breastfeeding or childbirth. However, that is not the only reason you can experience vaginal dryness.

Allergy medicines or antidepressants can also cause dryness – so if you are experiencing vaginal dryness, inform your doctor.  

For you heavy drinkers- yes, alcohol is dehydrating and could prevent you from having a moist vagina. However, replace your alcohol consumption and increase your water intake to reduce dryness. Stay hydrated!

What does vaginal dryness feel like?

Well, to be honest, if you have vaginal dryness you probably know it. You are constantly itching and there is a burning sensation, as the vaginal walls thin out, which is the most common symptom. You can also experience discomfort in the pelvic region. Other symptoms include soreness and a need to pee constantly.

How can you prevent vaginal dryness?

  • Head to your doctor if you are experiencing the symptoms
  • If you smoke, quit
  • If you are on medication that leads to vaginal dryness, stop using that medication and replace it with one that doesn’t cause dryness.
  • Limit or stop alcohol consumption
  • Drink more water

Can you have sex when you’re experiencing vaginal dryness?

Well, if your vagina is feeling dry and you have sex, the friction of sex will hurt and can make the symptoms of vaginal dryness feel worse. However, you can use a lot of lubricants to reduce vaginal dryness, which will also enhance your sexual experience.

When to consult a doctor about vaginal dryness?

The very moment you start feeling the symptoms of vaginal dryness, go straight to the doctor. That way, they can help you figure out the cause and prescribe possible treatments.