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Vaginal Dryness: Symptoms and Treatment
on Nov 08, 2012
by Michelle Pearson
Vaginal dryness is often caused by hormonal changes in the body such as a drop in estrogen levels, making it difficult for a woman trying to conceive.
Vaginal dryness is a common problem for many women, and it can be more than a little uncomfortable. Vaginal dryness is very common in post menopausal women, but it can very well occur at any age. Most often, vaginal dryness is caused by hormonal changes in the body such as a drop in estrogen levels. Sometimes vaginal dryness is a symptom of vaginal atrophy, or thinning and inflammation of the vaginal walls. This is usually due to a lack of estrogen. Claim Your 20 Free Pregnancy Tests – Click Here
Vaginal dryness is often very uncomfortable for many women, but it can also prove to really wreak havoc on a woman’s sex life. Vaginal dryness can cause painful intercourse, and can almost completely put a stop to a woman’s sex life. Other symptoms of vaginal dryness include, itching and burning, and dryness, as well as a frequent or urgent need to urinate. Sometimes vaginal dryness also causes some spotting and bleeding during or after sex. If you are experiencing some or all of these symptoms, you should see a doctor to help determine if your problem is vaginal dryness.
Vaginal dryness can also wreak havoc on a woman’s fertility. Because a woman’s vagina needs copious amounts of lubrication in the form of cervical mucus to assist the sperm in finding the egg, excessive dryness can hinder a woman’s efforts at trying to conceive. Increasing the cervical mucus is imperative to getting pregnant and finding a treatment to remedy the vaginal dryness.
Your doctor can help diagnose you and see if vaginal dryness is in fact your problem. If it is, there are a few treatment options available that can help you and get your sex life back to normal. There are three main types of treatments for vaginal dryness that your doctor will most likely recommend, and you can choose the one that will work best for your particular situation. The three most common treatments are the vaginal estrogen ring, the vaginal estrogen tablet, and the vaginal estrogen cream. With the ring, a soft flexible ring is inserted into the vagina by either yourself or your doctor. That ring releases a steady, constant stream of estrogen to your body and helps alleviate your symptoms. With the vaginal estrogen tablet, a disposable applicator is used to insert a tablet into the vagina, much like the treatments for a yeast infection. Usually you use the tablet once per day for the first two weeks of treatment, and then twice a week until it is no longer needed. The cream is simply applied with an applicator to your vagina, but different brands have different timing methods of how to use them.
You can also use over the counter vaginal moisturizers available at local drug stores as a way to help alleviate some of the symptoms of vaginal dryness. You should also try to avoid using scented soaps, detergents, body washes and bubble bath, since these products could just make the irritation and dryness worse for you. Your doctor should be able to help you with some other additional ideas of things that can help your vaginal dryness as well.
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Michelle is a busy mother to 2 boys and a prolific vlogger on subjects ranging from practical how-to tips for moms to chronicling her own pregnancy week-by-week on her popular YouTube channel ImaMommyof1.