Medically, vaginal dryness is referred to as “atrophic vaginitis.” It refers to a lack of moisture in the vaginal walls and opening. Normally, the body will naturally produce a thin layer of moisture, which lubricates the vaginal walls. Lubrication manifests as a clear liquid that is secreted from the vaginal mucosa and certain glands in the vulva and vagina. If the body produces less lubrication than average, a woman can begin experiencing pain or discomfort, particularly during sexual intercourse.
Each woman will experience her own symptoms when vaginal dryness is present. However, some symptoms are common amongst most women. They include:
When a woman is going through menopause, the number one cause for vaginal dryness is the decrease of estrogen levels in the body. This is because the body will begin to produce less and less estrogen as a woman approaches menopause. As a result of this, the vaginal tissues will grow thinner, drier, and lose their elasticity.
Lower estrogen levels can also cause changes in pH levels from acidic to more alkaline. This can cause irritation and increase the risk of infection. Other factors that cause vaginal dryness can include hormone changes, along with physiological and environmental factors.
If a woman experiences severe symptoms, or the above symptoms begin to negatively impact her health, a trusted medical professional like Dr. Alex Ferro should be consulted. Vaginal dryness shouldn’t be an embarrassing topic to discuss. It’s important to let Dr. Ferro know if you’re experiencing any symptoms of vaginal dryness as menopause approaches. Menopausal women with questions or concerns about their symptoms, and those with severe, persistent, or life-impeding symptoms of vaginal dryness should talk to a healthcare provider as soon as possible.
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