A Common Problem
Vaginal dryness is a condition commonly faced by women during and after menopause, although it can affect women of any age. A symptom of vaginal atrophy, dryness is caused by hormonal changes which affect the layer of moisture protecting the vaginal walls. Other causes can include childbirth and breast feeding, anti-estrogen medications, cold and allergy medicines, some antidepressants, and Sjogren’s syndrome (an anti-immune issue that attacks cells that produce moisture).
Symptoms to Watch for
Some symptoms associated with vaginal dryness are:
- Itching and stinging around the opening and lower part of the vagina
- Pain and light bleeding with intercourse
- Frequent or urgent urination
- Recurring urinary tract infections
If you are suffering from these symptoms, your doctor can help. Treatment typically involves topical estrogen (creams, tablet, etc.). Consult your physician to learn which option is best for you.