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Vaginal Dryness

Vaginal dryness is very common and affects up to 70% of all women. Also, while it frequently appears during menopause, it’s not a problem exclusive to menopausal women. In fact, vaginal dryness can affect you as early as your 20s.  

Normally, glands in your cervix produce a natural lubricant that keeps the vagina moist. This can change for a variety of reasons like dehydration or stress, and medication like oral contraception and antihistamines. In particular, your vagina changes during menopause, when oestrogen levels in your body naturally decrease and you may experience vaginal dryness due to reduced natural lubrication.

Vaginal dryness symptoms

    Most women experience the following vaginal dryness symptoms: 

    • Burning, soreness or pain inside the vagina or the lower vagina 
    • Itching, burning or soreness around the entrance to the vagina (vulva) 
    • Pain during sex, sometimes accompanied by light bleeding 
    • Recurring urinary tract infections 
    • Frequent need or urge to urinate 
    • Thinner vaginal lips (labia) 

    You should see a doctor if: 

    Vaginal dryness interferes with your lifestyle, relationships or sex life. 

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    Understanding vaginal dryness

    You can experience symptoms of vaginal dryness before you start menopause. However, during menopause a decrease in lubrication is considered natural. As your oestrogen levels decrease, vaginal walls become thinner and less lubrication is produced in your cervix.

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    Vaginal dryness treatment

    Vaginal dryness treatment depends on your individual situation, so it is always recommended to consult your doctor for treatment options.

    If you have started menopause, you can ask your doctor about hormone replacement therapy (HRT). You can also treat vaginal dryness symptoms with regular use of moisturisers, e.g. gels like Canesintima. Its non-sticky formulation is gentle enough for daily use, helps lubricate your intimate area and protects from further irritation.

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    Preventing vaginal dryness

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    Avoid using deodorants and perfumed products in and around your intimate area

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    Use lubricants during sex and enjoy more foreplay so your body has longer to produce its own natural lubricant

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    Ask your doctor about oestrogen treatments or hormone replacement therapy (HRT)

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    You can soothe vaginal dryness by regularly using an intimate moisturiser like Canesintima.

    Facts about vaginal dryness

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    Vaginal dryness can affect you at any age, not just during menopause.

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    Other causes of vaginal dryness include use of perfumed products for intimate hygiene, breastfeeding and certain medications.

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    A small amount of white vaginal discharge is a healthy sign. It means your vagina is naturally well-lubricated and keeping itself clean.

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