Vaginal Dryness

Vaginal dryness can occur at any stage of a woman’s adult life due to many different causes. However, vaginal dryness is more likely to occur during menopause due to the decline of estrogen levels. Estrogen is the hormone

responsible for the moisture levels in the body, including the vaginal area. The majority of women develop vaginal dryness during their menopausal transition.

About Vaginal Dryness

Vaginal dryness means a lack of adequate moisture in the vaginal area. The body naturally lubricates the vaginal walls with a thin layer of moisture. This moisture layer is made of a clear fluid excreted through the blood vessel walls around the vagina.

When a woman is sexually aroused, these blood vessels receive more blood flow, stimulating the secretion of fluids, thus increasing vaginal lubrication, but when the estrogen levels become too low, the body don’t produce enough fluid to supply lubrication to the vagina.

Vaginal dryness can influence how a woman feel about herself, sex, and life in general.

The following are the most common symptoms involved with vaginal dryness:

Symptoms of Vaginal Dryness:

  • Itching
  • Stinging
  • Light bleeding with sex
  • Irritation
  • Painful intercourse
  • Urinary frequency
  • General discomfort
  • Discomfort when wearing pants
  • Burning

Despite these common symptoms, other factors which can aggravate or worsen vaginal dryness during menopause is when women come off hormone replacement therapy (HRT), which can cause more severe symptoms of vaginal dryness. Stress is also a major trigger of vaginal dryness.

Causes of Vaginal Dryness

Menopause occurs because the ovaries produce less estrogen up to the point when menstruation stops completely. This decrease in estrogen is the primary cause of vaginal dryness during menopause, which typically begins in a woman’s 40s to 50s.

A reduction in estrogen levels normally because the vulva and vaginal tissues to become thinner, dryer, and less elastic, a condition called atrophy.

In addition to hormonal causes, other physiological, environmental, and emotional factors can cause or contribute to vaginal dryness.

Physical Causes:

  • Autoimmune disease (Sjogren’s syndrome)
  • Infection (bacterial, viral; sexually transmitted)
  • Certain medications
    • Antihistamines
    • Cold medications
    • Antidepressants
    • Cancer treatments
  • Smoking, Alcohol consumption
Emotional Causes:

  • Stress is a major factor that can cause or increase the severity of vaginal dryness.
  • Other emotional problems, including anxiety and depression can lead to lack of arousal and vaginal dryness.
  • Unresolved relationship problems can also result in decreased vaginal lubrication during sexual activity, loss of libido, and problems with arousal.

Vaginal Dryness Treatment

Treatment for Menopausal Symptoms is

  1. Lifestyle Changes
  2. The Manna Menopause Support Supplement, with 100% natural phyto-estrogens.