With less oestrogen in your body due to menopause, you’re more likely to experience vaginal dryness. That’s because a decrease in oestrogen causes your vaginal walls to become thinner and means you’ll naturally produce less lubricant in your cervix. Learn more about menopause here.
Yes, vaginal dryness occurs in women at any age including before menopause. This may be because of different medications you’re taking or because you’re not aroused or having enough foreplay before sex (though vaginal dryness can affect you during your day-to-day life, not just during sex). You can learn more about other causes here.
It’s best to use a product designed specifically for vaginal dryness, as it actually moisturises and helps to protect your vagina for longer than regular lubricant.
Vaginal dryness doesn’t have to hinder your daily life at any age and there are steps you can take to help prevent it. Avoid using deodorants and perfumed products in and around your intimate area and use lubricant during sex. Click here for more top tips on prevention.