Many women experience vaginal dryness but feel embarrassed to talk about it with their partners. Worrying about dryness and how it may occur at inopportune times can make the problem worse and interfere with a woman’s ability to experience pleasure with her partner.
The first question I usually hear from a client who is concerned about vaginal dryness is :
Is this normal?
My answer is:
Well … it depends.
Regular fluctuations in vaginal moisture are normal
One thing we need to understand is “the idea that healthy women can “get wet” at the drop of the hat (or trousers) is a ridiculous one … this assumption is not biologically accurate and does not factor into the many fluctuations a woman’s body goes through in on month or over a lifetime.
Vaginal moisture fluctuates not only according to arousal but is also affected by sleep, diet, hydration, and where you are in your menstrual cycle.
Other causes of dryness are:
- Allergy and cold medications
- Certain antidepressants
- Not enough foreplay before sex
- Hormonal fluctuations due to breastfeeding
- Low estrogen levels due to menopause or perimenopause
What can be done about it?
There are many options for treatment if you are suffering from vaginal dryness. Sexual lubricants will make sex more pleasurable and comfortable.
If your dryness is due to lowering estrogen levels there are options for low dose hormone replacement therapy.
Other options include supplementation, over the counter remedies and vaginal lubrication lasers. You can read more about options for vaginal dryness here.
Are your physical issues impacting your relationship?
If you’re feeling like your body may be failing you in the bedroom, it can harm your self-esteem and cause difficulties in your relationship. Understanding what is normal and how to resolve the issues by delving into the root of the problem is possible with sex therapy.