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Causes Of Vaginal Dryness by Haleplushearty: 3:20pm On Oct 26, 2017

Vaginal dryness can lead to discomfort during sex, difficulty reaching orgasm, reduced sex drive, frequent urination and repeated urinary tract infections UTIs. Dryness affect about half of postmenopausal women. The change causes estrogen levels to decline, along with the levels of other steroid hormones, according to the International Society for Sexual Medicine.

These decreases makes the vaginal tissues thinner, drier, less elastic and more fragile, causing discomfort during intercourse. The use of silicone-based vaginal moisturizers and lubricants, or a local vaginal estrogen treatment may help menopausal women. The use of lubricant without glycerin can also help.

Birth control is one of the most common causes of vaginal dryness in young women, how the pill or Nuva ring works, suppressing estrogen and testosterone hormones may cause dryness. The use of an intrauterine device (IUD) may be the best option, it does not contribute to vaginal dryness,
A cold or flu can dehydrate the body and contribute to vaginal dryness.

Estrogen levels can temporarily decrease after giving birth and make vagina feel drier than usual. Breastfeeding increases prolactin, a hormone that causes breast milk production, which in turn suppresses estrogen and testosterone, which can lead to vaginal dryness.

Research shows that smoking can cause vaginal dryness because it destroys estrogen in the body. A cigarette habit also affects blood circulation, resulting in the vagina and other tissues not getting enough oxygen. Women who smoke experience menopause earlier.

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