The Silent Problem: Vaginal Dryness
Having a ‘Dry Vagina’ is just as uncomfortable as it sounds and no one really wants to talk about it, especially when anthems like Cardi B’s WAP hits a little differently for women who experience dryness. The heart of the song really is to prioritize female pleasure so shouldn’t we include DAP into such discourse? Many women experience discomfort and even pain during intercourse and masturbation because of vaginal dryness. Though menopausal women report experiencing it most often, younger women deal with it too. Some 17% of women ages 18 to 50 and 25% of women ages 50 to 59 have experienced vaginal dryness during sex, according to Women’s Health Concern. There’s even suspicion that the number recorded is low because women are often ashamed or embarrassed to bring the topic of vaginal dryness up to their doctors.
So we’re here to say if you do have a DAP, please don’t feel ashamed because this is a very common experience and more importantly, there are ways to help your body get the waters flowing again (bring a bucket and a mop for this wet..)
What causes vaginal dryness?
There are a number of factors that contribute to vaginal or genital dryness, but it is most often caused by a decrease in estrogen levels. Estrogen is a hormone that helps keep the tissues of your vagina lubricated and healthy. When there is less estrogen, there’s also less sexual arousal because this glorious hormone is responsible for boosting blood flow to the vagina. While menopause is the most obvious case, there are many circumstances that can affect the body’s natural hormone balance, making your vagina feel irritation, burning, and pain during intercourse rather than pleasure.
How to treat vaginal dryness
It’s inevitable that the vagina will experience changes as we age, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t ways to prevent and even treat vaginal dryness.
Vaginal dryness does not have to be a death sentence to your general comfort or your sex life. When you are in tune with your vagina, you are presented with a profound resource for checking in with your state of body and mind. If you notice that you feel out of balance, please do speak with your gynaecologist.
Prompt: What are some tips for talking to your doctor about vaginal dryness? How do you make the discussion easier?
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