What is vaginal dryness?
Vaginal dryness causes
Vaginal dryness is a topic that women talk about with ease, more than 80% of women talk about it with their gynecologist, doctor or partner. But contrary to what one may think, talking about it does not mean it is treated. As a matter of fact, 64% of treated women use lubricant as a cure.
One in six women suffers from vaginal dryness.
Vaginal dryness can be temporary and affects women at different stages of their lives (menopause, after giving birth, first sexual intercourse…). Vaginal dryness increases the risk of gynecological infection and may interfere with a couple’s sexual harmony. The vagina’s natural lubrication is regulated by hormonal and psychological factors. This fragile equilibrium can easily be disrupted. Lubrication is a more or less transparent and abundant discharge which lines the vaginal wall. It is essential as it plays a protective role and helps to activate pleasure. Vaginal dryness is referred to when the vagina is not humid enough. The dryness may provoke pains during intercourse, a burning and itching sensation, including tiny lesions on the vagina wall due to lining friction. Vaginal dryness may have a psychological impact which leads to a fear of sexual intercourse, decreased pleasure, reduced libido, a refusal of physical contact which disrupts relationships.
What are the signs of vaginal dryness?
Vaginal dryness can be defined in several ways:
- Burning sensations during sexual intercourse
- Irritation during intercourse leading to lesions of the vaginal wall
- Acute risk of infection
- Smelly discharge
What causes vaginal discharge?
The causes are varied and cumulative. The five main causes are the following:
Hormonal causes which may be due to:
A common lack of estrogen during the menopause.
Hormonal changes which arise during women’s lives (pregnancy, breast feeding…)
Infectious causes for example thrush which may cause vaginal dryness.
An unhealthy lifestyle contributes to increasing the risks of vaginal dryness. Consuming alcohol, tobacco, stress and fatigue, all play a major role.
Excessive intimate hygiene may cause vaginal dryness. Douching is not recommended at all.
Psychological reasons may also be the cause of vaginal dryness. For example, the absence or rapidity of foreplay, scarcity of sexual intercourse, sexual intercourse prohibition, not knowing one’s body, all these factors can be at the origin of vaginal dryness.
What solutions exist?
Numerous solutions exist to effectively relieve vaginal dryness.
A healthy lifestyle
First of all, it is important to reduce stress to a minimum and to restore a healthy lifestyle by balancing one’s diet and regularly exercising. Ideally one should stop smoking (or diminish) and reduce alcohol consumption.
A satisfying sex life
Regular sexual activity is also essential in order to improve genital blood flow. Increasing foreplay before sexual intercourse may help to diminish vaginal dryness.
Gentle personal hygiene
Concerning personal hygiene, using a gentle ph neutral soap is recommended to preserve vaginal flora equilibrium.
The solution : Sérélys® Vaginal Gel
If applying the advice here above does not handle vaginal dryness, you can seek advice from your doctor and use moisturizing gels.
Sérélys® Vaginal Gel hydrates and lubricates while respecting the vagina flora thanks to its 4.5 physiological ph. This gel is hormone and preservative free (paraben free).
Sérélys® Vaginal Gel can be used as following : one single-dose every three days for vaginal dryness and one single-dose before sexual intercourse to lubricate.