Causes Of Vaginal Dryness
How to Overcome It


I think most of us would know that the main cause of vaginal dryness is the dreaded but unavoidable “M” word - menopause. At this stage, the ovaries stop producing estrogen, which might lead to vulvodynia as well.

Estrogen is the hormone that triggers vaginal lubrication to nourish the mucous membranes and keep the vagina moist and healthy.

Most women might not even be aware that the drop in estrogen levels starts very much earlier before menopause. For some it may start as early as in the late thirties.

Other than the above age-related cause, the following are also contributing factors of declining estrogen levels which leads to vagina dryness.

1. Stress

2. Lack of foreplay

3. Anti-depressants

4. Oral contraceptive

5. Breast feeding**

6. Therapeutic drugs***

7. Cancer Therapies***

8. Surgical removal of ovaries

9. Radiation therapy to the ovaries

**When a woman is breast-feeding, the pituitary glands produces the hormone prolactin which stimulates the production of breast milk. Prolactin suppresses the production of estrogen. And is one of the reasons why full-time breast feeding acts as a natural contraceptive.

***One of the side-effect of therapeutic drugs and cancer therapies is that it causes the ovaries to shut down and  stop producing estrogen.

Loss of estrogen not only causes vaginal dryness but it also affects the muscle tone of the vagina. A dry and less elastic vagina really dampens a woman’s sexual pleasures. It causes painful intercourse which, of course, may lead to avoidance. Why engage in something that gives you pain and discomfort, huh?

Well, the good news is that vaginal dryness should not be accepted as a consequence of declining estrogen level. It is not the end of the road for your sex life. With the help of painful intercourse solutions, love making can still be enjoyable and satisfying.

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Topically applied vaginal cream or lubricant can be used at any age if the body is not secreting enough lubrication. For us older women please keep in mind that the clitoris is still very sensitive to stimulation.

Always use a water-based lubricant at the vaginal opening before having sexual intercourse.

Refrain from oil base lubricants such as petroleum jelly, cocoa butter, butter and baby oil. The oils in these products weaken the latex found in condoms and may cause breakage. Moreover, they disrupt the vaginal flora which lead to vaginal yeast infection and bacterial vaginosis.

Even if you are using vaginal moisturizers and Vitamin E oil, the intimate area still needs a water-based lubricant. And get your partner to use lubricated condoms which cut down friction and irritation too.

Lubrication is not an interruption prior to making love. With a positive mind-set and the right attitude, the application of vaginal gel can be a very erotic and sensual experience.

As mentioned in my vaginal atrophy page, the best way to achieve a healthy, juicy and dilated vagina is to have frequent vaginal intercourse.

If you are not sexually active, you can keep your vagina well lubricated through self-pleasuring either with vaginal massage or  a vaginal massager. Like any muscle, the vagina is best kept healthy through regular stimulation. This is one area where the adage, “use it or lose it” holds true!

Vaginal dryness especially after menopause should not be suffered in silence by women. You can rectify it with supplements, water-base gel and self massage.

With all these solutions mentioned here, you are empowered to have pleasurable sex again.

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