As we age, changes in hormone production (estrogen levels) can cause the vaginal walls to thin. The thinning of the vaginal wall means fewer cells that secrete moisture and lubricate the vagina. So, what’s a woman to do?
Don’t be embarrassed. Vaginal dryness happens to almost every woman at some point in her life. There’s no need to suffer through it during menopause. It’s important that you talk to your doctor about it. If your vaginal dryness is not severe, you can treat it with a variety of over-the-counter lubricants to help reduce dryness and discomfort. Only use a lubricant intended for vaginal use (makes sense, right?) and that are water-based. Lubricants with perfumes, dyes, etc., will only lead to more irritation.
Unfortunately, vaginal dryness is something that is persistent as we age, and since women are living longer, we are going to have to deal with it.
If your symptoms are severe, be sure to speak with your healthcare provider immediately. You may need additional treatment in the form of estrogen cream or pill.
No one wants to talk about vaginal dryness. But what if it is a gateway to having more intimacy with our partner and a better sex life as we age?
Talk about the need to experiment with lubricants with your partner. They will likely be relieved that you’re still interested in having sex with them. The discomfort of vaginal dryness can easily be addressed. Don’t let it impact your intimate relationship!