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A Comprehensive Guide On The Vaginal Dryness And The Possible Treatment Options

Ridhi Dogra
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Created by Ridhi Dogra
Updated on Jun 27, 2022

A Comprehensive Guide On The Vaginal Dryness And The Possible Treatment Options

The pregnancy journey is blissful and a life-changing one simply because you have a new life growing inside you. These 9 months are full of learnings and transformation that every mother around the world goes through. When we say a journey full of learning we mean that every expecting mother is learning something new and discovering a new change about herself. Therefore, to top it off we will be talking about Vaginal Dryness and what are the possible treatment options that you can consider for the same. 

What Is Vaginal Dryness?

Vaginal Dryness can be defined as a discomfort experienced in the vaginal and pelvic regions. And in some cases postpartum thyroid is considered to be responsible for inducing postpartum vaginal dryness.  

Causes of Vaginal Dryness

Well, when the thyroid gland becomes inflamed, it produces hormones that are vital for different body functions and that also includes metabolism. Since the thyroid glands are already inflamed, it may produce too much or too less hormones. However, the potential cause of vaginal dryness have been mentioned below-

  • Depression.
  • Sensitivity to Cold.
  • Breastfeeding.
  • Dry Skin.
  • Poor Sleeping Pattern.
  • Childbirth.
  • Immune System Disorders.
  • Extensive Physical Workout.

Is Vaginal Dryness Common After Pregnancy?

In case you are experiencing any of the above symptoms mentioned chances are that you are suffering from Vaginal Dryness. And do not get overwhelmed because it is a very common problem and nearly 10% of the women suffer from it. Your treatment type will depend on the fact that what type of vaginal dryness you are suffering from. For instance, if you're suffering from overactive thyroid, there is a high probability that they may recommend beta-blockers to minimize the symptoms. And in case there is a major reduction in the thyroid levels, your gynac may suggest thyroid hormone replacement medicine. However, other causes of vaginal dryness in women can be attributed to tiredness, postpartum depression, these little things might contribute to the feeling of dryness if the patient is not nursing well. So, it is imperative to monitor your thyroid levels. 

Effects of Childbirth on Vagina

Both dryness and childbirth can cause your vaginal tissues to shrink, become less elastic, and more prone and vulnerable to damage. And this can cause irritation and burning-like sensations in the vaginal canal.To add to this, because of these changes, even the intercourse experience can be an unpleasant one as you may suffer from internal dryness right after the childbirth. Once your Estrogen levels come back to the normal level, the dryness will gradually subside. 

Treatment Options for Curing Vaginal Dryness

Despite the vaginal dryness, you can still have a satisfactory intercourse experience. Have a look at the possible treatment options-

  • Avoid using personal hygiene products such as sprays and ointments as they cause severe irritation and tingling sensation. 
  • Be transparent with your partner and discuss everything in depth.
  • You can apply a vaginal moisturizer after every few days for relief.
  • Drink plenty of water. 
  • You can also talk to your doctor freely and get all your doubts cleared with respect to the estrogen vaginal cream. 
  • Increase the foreplay and experiment with different techniques and positions. 
  • Use a lubricant while having sex.

Wrapping Up

Well vaginal dryness can cause pain in the pelvic and the vaginal area. The factors listed above are some of the major reasons responsible for vaginal dryness in women. However, it is advisable that you should get in touch with your gynecologist and seek immediate medical help. With the correct medication and the guidance from your doctor, you'll be able to overcome vaginal dryness easily.

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