What is Vaginal Dryness

Vaginal Dryness is a lack of lubrication and moisture on the vaginal walls. It can occur at any age though it is more common during the peri and postmenopausal stage.

You should consult your gynaecologist when you experience

  • Itching, burning, rashes, soreness in the vagina
  • Mild, foul-smelling discharge
  • Frequent and painful urination
  • Urinary tract infection
  • Pain/discomfort during intercourse
  • Light bleeding after intercourse

What can cause Vaginal dryness

  • Stress
  • Smoking
  • Excessive alcohol consumption
  • Dietary imbalance
  • Work-life imbalance
  • Dehydration
  • Drop in oestrogen levels
  • Peri/postmenopause
  • Post delivery
  • Chemotherapy
  • Usage of anti-depressants
  • Usage of contraceptive pills
  • Removal of the uterus [hysterectomy]

Vaginal dryness can lead to

  • Sexual frigidity
  • Painful sex [dyspareunia]
  • Reduced sperm motility
  • Reduced sperm viability

How can you treat Vaginal dryness

  • Consult your gynaecologist
  • Lubricants and moisturizers
  • Local oestrogen
  • Hormonal Replacement Therapy [HRT]
  • Oral vaginal probiotics

What not to use for Vaginal dryness

  • Perfumed soaps, washes, douches in and around the vaginal area

Your daily vaginal hygiene

  • Use clean and cotton undergarments only
  • Use breathable underwear
  • Wash the area around the vagina with plain water every day
  • Avoid wearing tight garments