There are a lot of common reasons for vaginal dryness. Here’s why you might be having issues producing natural female lubrication.
It is not often discussed but many women experience vaginal dryness. The first course of action should be to discuss the situation with your physician. Many of the causes can be addressed to clear up the problem.
There are also effective treatments to treat the discomfort. Read on to learn the life, hormonal, and disease that causes changes in natural female lubrication.
9 Causes of Problems with Natural Female Lubrication
If you are experiencing some of the following conditions, you may also experience vaginal dryness. Many of the causes of vaginal dryness are due to hormonal changes.
If you are breastfeeding you may also experience vaginal dryness. Breastfeeding is associated with lower estrogen levels and estrogen is necessary to produce natural vaginal lubrication.
2. Pregnancy & Childbirth
It is not only breastfeeding that affects vaginal lubrication. As your pregnancy progresses and after childbirth, your hormones go through significant fluctuations. Because natural lubrication is dependant on optimal levels of those hormones many women experience vaginal dryness during and after their pregnancy.
2. Cigarette Smoking
Smoking is not good for your health, so it is best to stop. Smoking damages your arteries making it hard for them to expand and contract. This affects your blood flow.
One of the causes of vaginal dryness is the lack of blood flow to the uterus.
3. Excess or Chronic Stress
When you experience stress, especially stress for a long period of time your body changes. Stress causes an increase in cortisol which combines with changes in blood flow contributes to vaginal dryness.
Exercise in moderation will help to manage stress and improve issues with vaginal dryness but also improve your overall health.
Depression is a common disorder that unfortunately comes with vaginal dryness.
5. Immune System Disorders
Women who have Sjögren syndrome commonly experience vaginal dryness. Sjögren’s syndrome is an autoimmune disorder that affects the body’s ability to create moisture.
6. Rigorous Exercise
Exercise is good for you, but if you exercise vigorously you may experience vaginal dryness. Not only can vigorous exercise cause vaginal dryness it can also cause yeast infections and bacterial vaginosis.
7. Some Cancer Treatments
Treatments such as radiation, hormone therapy, or chemotherapy come with unwanted side effects, vaginal dryness is a common one. Be sure to discuss any vaginal discomfort you have with your physician to ensure that you receive proper treatment.
8. Surgical Removal of the Ovaries
If you need to have your ovaries removed for health reasons, this can lead to vaginal dryness. Our team can help you through the process and find hormonal or over the counter treatments to treat vaginal dryness.
As we age our hormones change. The hormone changes associated with aging contribute to vaginal dryness in our later years.
There are many causes of vaginal dryness and changes in our natural vaginal lubrication. The good news is that you don’t have to experience vaginal discomfort, treatment of the underlying conditions and over the counter treatments are available.
Is Your Vaginal Dryness Causing You Pain?
We are one of the first urogynecological teams in the Houston area. We are focused on the needs of our female patients. We understand the changes that affect natural female lubrication.
Your comfort is our first priority, you will be immediately greeted by one of our team upon your arrival. After you enter one of our state of the art exam room our medical assistant will take your vitals before Dr. Lotze performed a comprehensive medical exam.
Contact us to set up your first visit.