During menopause women can notice changes in their vagina. A dry vagina can occur at any age, but the likelihood is greater during and after menopause. This can cause a great deal of discomfort, particularly during sex.
Why does the vagina become dryer?
Normally, your vagina is moist. Your vagina's mucus membranes keep the tissues moist. When you're sexually aroused, more blood flows to the vaginal walls and this increases the production of moisture, lubricating the vagina. During menopause, the drop in estrogen levels reduces the amount of moisture available. The vaginal walls also become thinner and less elastic. This is known as vaginal atrophy.
The consequences of vaginal dryness
If your vagina feels dry, sexual intercourse can be painful and distressing. You may also experience itching, a burning feeling or pain during urination if you suffer from vaginal dryness. The risk of vaginal infection and bladder infection may also increase. Using a good quality vaginal moisturizer, such as Multi-Gyn LiquiGel, can give immediate relief and restore vaginal moisture.
A dry vagina and your sex life
A dry vagina can change your sex life. Your desire for sex may decrease, particularly if intercourse becomes painful. However, an active sex life has many health benefits, so it is beneficial to maintain it. Talk about this with your partner and explore how sex can remain enjoyable for both of you. Increasing foreplay and using a quality lubricant or vaginal moisturizer can help.
Exercise your vagina
If you tighten and then release your pelvic floor muscles repeatedly, at least ten times or so each day, you give the vaginal muscles a work out and keep them functioning normally. This helps avoid atrophy, improves sexual function and urinary incontinence and helps to stimulate vaginal moisture. These pelvic floor exercises are also known as Kegel exercises, named after the doctor who first noticed and reported that they improved sexual function.
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