Vaginal Dryness? You Are Not Alone

Vaginal Dryness? You Are Not Alone

Do you suffer from a dry vagina? It’s more common than you think. There are several reasons why women experience vaginal dryness, but it is a topic rarely discussed. At North Pointe OB/GYN, we don’t want the condition of your vagina to be a taboo subject or source of embarrassment. In fact, when the vagina is poorly lubricated, it can cause a number of disruptive symptoms, including painful sex. More importantly, however, our physicians are equipped to provide treatment for vaginal dryness so we encourage you to disclose your concerns.


Why Does the Vagina Get Dry?

 A leading reason for vaginal dryness is low estrogen. One of estrogen’s main roles in the female body is to provide lubricant to the vagina. Moisture in the vagina allows for more comfortable sexual intercourse as well as a healthier balance of good bacteria. Unfortunately, estrogen tends to decline as we age or during menopause.

 Vaginal dryness happens so often in menopause that it has a medical name, Genitourinary Syndrome of Menopause (GSM). During this stage of life, women suffer from vaginal dryness due to low estrogen. Contrary to what you may think, however, vaginal dryness doesn’t just affect older women.

 While menopause is a leading cause of this issue, there are other reasons why young women and even teens can struggle with a dry vagina. Certain medications and hygiene practices can lead to vaginal dryness, including allergy medications, antidepressants and douching.


Symptoms of Vaginal Dryness

 Most women know when their vagina is too dry. Signs of vaginal dryness associated with menopause can include:

 Painful sex (even bleeding after intercourse)


Treatment for Vaginal Dryness in Cumming

 The good news is that there are several treatment options for vaginal dryness that are effective and typically work fast. Call North Point OB/GYN in Cumming today to learn more about how vaginal dryness can become an issue of the past.

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