Vaginal dryness may not be a topic for the water cooler but it’s a serious matter that needs to be discussed. It affects a surprising large number of women. In fact, one in three women may have experienced this condition at some point in their lives.
Although it’s more common in women who are approaching or experiencing menopause, that’s not always the case. Vaginal dryness can occur at any age and the reasons are just as diverse and unique as the woman herself. This article delves into the symptoms of vaginal dryness, some common causes and prevention tips, and lastly how women can address this concern with a visit to their cosmetic clinic.
What is Vaginal Dryness?
First things first, what is vaginal dryness? You may remember from your anatomy class that a healthy cervix produces natural lubrication that keeps the vagina well moistened throughout the day and night. The vagina is called a “self-cleaning” organ because as your natural lubricant descends down the vaginal canal it helps to maintain a healthy balance and clean environment ‘down there.’
It’s normal for a healthy vagina to have a little clear or whitish discharge to keep it lubricated. For some women, however, this natural lubricant may be lessened due to hormones or lifestyle factors, resulting in chronic vaginal dryness. A woman may experience one or possibly all the vaginal dryness symptoms below:
- Decreased lubrication, particularly noticeable during sexual intercourse
- Discomfort or pain during sexual intercourse, light bleeding may occur
- Tenderness, pain or burning sensations inside the vagina or externally (vulva area)
- Increased need to urinate that’s not related to bladder incontinence
- Chronic urinary tract infections that keep recurring after treatment
Vaginal Dryness Symptoms and Menopause
If you’re a woman of menopausal age and you’re experiencing vaginal dryness then two simultaneous changes are most likely contributing to your discomfort. Firstly after menopause there’s a rapid decline in your natural hormone production. More specifically, oestrogen is the primary female hormone that’s responsible for keeping your vagina moist and well-lubricated.
Secondly, this decrease in oestrogen can cause the vaginal walls to become thinner age you age. That’s bad news because thinner walls means there are much fewer cells lining the vaginal canal to produce that natural lubrication you had when you were younger. Unfortunately it doesn’t get any better with time, once you develop vaginal dryness it can progressively get worse if left untreated.
Vaginal Dryness if You’re Not in Menopause
You may be reading this thinking to yourself: “but I’m only 25 or 35, so why am I experiencing some of the symptoms listed above?” That’s because there are a number of non-menopause related factors that can cause vaginal dryness. Did you just have a baby? Many women don’t realise that breast-feeding can cause their natural oestrogen levels to plummet (temporarily – don’t worry) which can lead to vaginal dryness symptoms. If that’s the case then things should get back to normal after you’re finished breast-feeding and your hormone levels return to baseline.
There are other causes. Not enough foreplay and arousal before sexual intercourse can produce symptoms of vaginal dryness.
Did you start taking antidepressants, acne medication or contraception pills? Have you had chemotherapy? Certain medications can cause side-effects such as drying out your natural mucus membranes. What about surgery?
Having a hysterectomy can force your body into an early menopause, causing you to develop many of the same symptoms as a menopausal woman even though you’re younger.
Lastly there may be some simple hygiene factors that may be contributing to your vaginal dryness. Cleansing products, body washes and vaginal douches that contain perfumes, dyes and other harsh ingredients can irritate the lining of your vagina causing inflammation and painful symptoms.
Tips to Prevent Vaginal Dryness
- Enjoy more foreplay during sex so that your body has a change to produce natural lubricant
- There’s nothing wrong with adding a little chemical-free and naturally produced lubricant to your sexual repertoire if you feel that your own lubrication levels are lower than normal
- Replace highly perfumed or harsh intimate products with more natural, gentle alternatives
- Visit your doctor to have your oestrogen levels checked and discuss oestrogen treatments
Vaginal Rejuvenation: Effective Treatment for Vaginal Dryness
Let’s say you’ve exhausted all the natural or over-the-counter options for your condition and you’d like a more permanent solution. Luckily there’s a new vaginal rejuvenation treatment that’s gaining popularity with women of all ages and one of the symptoms that it treats, and quite successfully at that, is vaginal dryness. It’s called TempSure™ Vitalia.
This quick in-office procedure specifically targets a woman’s vaginal health and wellness. The treatment consists of inserting a small probe inside the vagina to deliver therapeutic levels of radiofrequency (RF) energy to the vaginal wall and surrounding tissues. Controlled RF heat creates a gentle “trauma” that sets into motion a powerful healing reaction that helps to boost cellular repair and the formation of healthy new vaginal cells. The new cells act just like younger ones. After a series of three sessions most women report considerable improvement in their own natural lubrication.
TempSure™ Vitalia vaginal rejuvenation has other perks too. It helps to tighten the vaginal canal, makes your more orgasmic, treats urinary incontinence and more. All these benefits are delivered without the need for surgery, medications or discomfort. This treatment is completely pain-free and takes only 35-45 minutes.
Contact us now at Restoration Clinic in Mt. Hawthorn, Perth to learn more about treating vaginal dryness or TempSure™ Vitalia: (08) 9025 3218