Vaginal Dryness | Symptoms, Cause, and Treatments

Published: Feb 19, 2024 | Revised: Feb 25, 2024
Edited by: Marce Ferreira

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Vaginal dryness is the condition where naturally produced fluid that lubricates the vagina is insufficient. Natural vaginal lubricant is produced by plasma from vaginal walls, the Bartholin’s glands, and cervical mucus.

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In normal circumstances, lubrication increases near the ovulation period and during sexual arousal. If there’s not enough lubrication present it can lead to painful sexual intercourse. Another effect that can occur is that harmful bacteria, viruses, or other microorganism cannot be expulsed sufficiently thereby increasing the risk of disease.

Other signs of possible vaginal dryness may include soreness or itchiness in and around the vagina, needing to pee more often than usual, and recurring Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs).

The causes of vaginal dryness may result from a sexual arousal disorder, unsatisfactory excitement and stimulation, irritation from contraceptive creams, hormonal changes or hormonal imbalances (such as caused by menopause), pregnancy, perfumed vaginal soaps, washes or douches, breastfeeding, a chronic autoimmune disorder, fear and anxiety about sexual intimacy, or sexual trauma.

In some cases massage and bodywork may come to help as a support in resolving underlying issues, such as in situations of poor blood and lymph circulation, hormonal imbalances, and emotional trauma. Think of modalities such as Tantric Massage, Abdominal Massage, Sensual Erotic Massage, but also more general massage treatments such as Swedish Massage, Thai Massage, or anyDeep Tissue Massage.

A method to temporarily resolve insufficient lubrication is to use artificial water-based lubricants or vaginal moisturizers. Nevertheless, if vaginal dryness becomes persistent, it’s always advised to consult a professional healthcare provider.

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