Although many women associate the occurrence of vaginal dryness with the menopause or assume that it only happens to older women, it is actually a very common complaint amongst women of any age and can occur due to a number of different causes. However the most common cause of vaginal dryness and why many associate it with the menopause, is because of the connection with the hormone estrogen, which helps to maintain the thin layer of fluid which lines a healthy vagina and therefore a drop in estrogen levels which occurs during the menopause, reduces the amount of that moisture available.
Other causes of this drop in estrogen are:
- Childbirth and breastfeeding
- Radiation or chemotherapy treatment for cancer
- Surgical removal of the ovaries
- Anti-estrogen and medications used to treat uterine fibroids or endometriosis
And aside from a drop in estrogen levels the following lesser known causes could also be the trigger for vaginal dryness:
- Sjögren’s syndrome (an autoimmune disorder that attacks cells in the body that produce moisture)
- Allergy and cold medications and certain antidepressants
- Lack of enough foreplay before sexual intercourse
For anyone suffering, this can have a major impact on your sex life and subsequent self-confidence, not to mention the discomfort during intercourse and frequent itching or burning sensations.
Fortunately there are several ways to ease the discomfort and treat the symptoms. Clinical studies have investigated this important topic and here at Seabuckthorn Australia, you can READ MORE about one such study of 116 postmenopausal women with Vaginal Dryness and the fantastic results that are documented – Effects of sea buckthorn oil intake on vaginal atrophy in postmenopausal women
Please Note: the discussion offered here is a brief introduction and a starting place for you to carry out your own due diligence and research. No medical advice is given; please consult your health professional for that. We can and are happy to assist with any questions and information about our products.