What causes a dry vagina

Dry vagina: what really helps against the problem

The assumption that vaginal dryness only occurs in women going through menopause is wrong. Itching or burning and a feeling of dryness in the genital area is anything but pleasant and can occur even at a young age. There can be many different causes of a dry vagina, such as excessive hygiene, illness, hormonal fluctuations or sexual aversion. We explain what is behind this and what women can do about a dry vagina.

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Dry vagina: when the head doesn't go along with it

Unfortunately, female lust is prone to stress. That means: When we are totally stressed or caught up in the to-do of everyday life, our head simply switches off the desire as if one had pressed a button. With the lousy result that we don't feel like having sex and the vagina remains dry despite the stimulation.

However, it is different when we are keen on someone and feel like sex. This psychological excitement manifests itself in the hypothalamus (a region in the brain that controls the most important body functions). From there, the following, physically noticeable excitation is initiated, which is expressed, for example, in getting wet.

The released sex hormones cause the vagina to be supplied with more blood. A film of clear liquid forms on the vaginal walls.

Another effect makes the vaginal entrance moist: The secretion from two glands, Bartholin's and Skene's, optimally prepare the long-awaited sexual act.

If this natural preparation is not carried out despite pleasure, one speaks of a dry vagina or vaginal dryness.

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Dry vagina: the symptoms

Disturbances in these extremely complex processes can arise in very different places. It can be the head that is being distracted, but it can also be physical causes such as slowing down the production of secretions and fluids.

Whatever is causing this disorder, symptoms can look like this:

  • Feeling of dryness of the skin
  • itchy and burning skin on the external genital area
  • Pain from pressure, friction, during sex or exercise
  • sore or cracked skin with minor injuries
  • sensitive skin irritation

Psychological causes of a dry vagina

There are many psychological causes of a dry vagina, for example when a woman tenses up inside during sex because she is secretly dealing with problems, because she actually finds a certain practice uncomfortable or because she is afraid of becoming pregnant. Then the body will not prepare for sex and there will inevitably be problems with sexual intercourse.

Biological causes of a dry vagina

However, the dry vagina can also have biological causes. Various glands are responsible for moistening the vagina. Their function is influenced by various factors such as the menstrual cycle, age, illnesses, medication intake, excessive or incorrect intimate hygiene and the degree of arousal.

A typical cause of a dry vagina despite high levels of excitement are hormonal changes, such as those experienced by every woman during the menstrual cycle and how they occur extremely during the menopause. If the estrogen level drops, for example during the menopause, vaginal dryness can develop.

Of course, sexual experience and pleasure do not end with menopause. But when fertility drops, there is a hormonal change and this causes changes in the body that can also manifest themselves in dry mucous membranes.

Even when breastfeeding, some women are so physically stressed that the excitement does not always take the usual path and the vagina remains dry despite the excitement.

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Talk about it openly

Talking to your partner is the best thing to do when you have trouble having intercourse. There are two to sex - and both should get their money's worth and neither should have to endure pain for the other. Pulling yourself together for the sake of your partner rarely leads to good sex.

If you need more time to get excited and therefore moist, you should take it too. A relaxed, slowly increasing arousal phase gives the body time to prepare and the dry vagina the opportunity to become moist in a natural way. Sometimes more time is needed and it should be worth the sex.

Tip: Since arousal begins in the head, erotic literature or an erotic film can also help to get into the mood slowly and relaxed.

If none of this helps and the vagina still remains dry, you should use a lubricant gel (buy from Amazon *). This solves the problem and makes the sex enjoyable.

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Dry vagina: what can you do yourself?

If it itches and the skin in the genital area feels dry, women should be aware of a few things:

  • preferably wear cotton underwear
  • no excessive intimate hygiene, conventional shower gels are often too hot (intimate hygiene on Amazon *)
  • pure water is sufficient to cleanse the intimate zone (buy intimate shower from Amazon *)
  • avoid clothing that is too tight
  • do not swim in chlorinated water

Avoid mistakes in intimate hygiene

Too often, improper care of your private parts can lead to problems such as vaginal dryness or itching. Therefore, you should carefully consider whether you are doing everything right when taking a shower, especially when it comes to intimate hygiene. Make sure that your shower gel is actually suitable for the pubic region. Keep your fingers off perfumed or disinfecting products, as they attack the skin barrier and thus destroy the natural skin protection. PH-neutral shower gels or special products for intimate hygiene are best.

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Dry vagina: when to see a doctor?

Basically, the blood supply to the vaginal mucous membranes decreases with age. Women should therefore not be ashamed when they resort to aids. On the contrary: a woman who knows what she wants and how to get it is simply sexy - no matter what age.

Persistent dryness of the vagina should always be examined by a gynecologist or a dermatologist. Depending on the findings, hormone-free creams or special hormone-containing vaginal creams or suppositories are prescribed for therapy. These are often sold as monthly cures. We recommend using a neutral lubricant during sex to avoid pain.

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Important NOTE: The information in this article is provided for informational purposes only and is not a substitute for a doctor's diagnosis. If you have any uncertainties, urgent questions or complaints, you should contact your doctor.

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Created on March 13, 2019
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