Vaginal dryness: Possible symptoms, causes & treatment

Vaginal dryness is a topic that women are hesitant to discuss. But according to a study, almost one in two women over 45 suffers from vaginal dryness*. However, not only women in the menopause are affected. This problem can also occur in younger women.

*Source: http://www.menopause.org/docs/default-source/2013/vva-position-statement.pdf

How do I recognise vaginal dryness?

If you answer "Yes" to one of the following questions, this can be a sign that you are suffering from vaginal dryness.

Have you experienced any of the following symptoms in the vaginal area in the last four weeks?

  • Dry sensation
  • Itching
  • Soreness/irritation
  • Burning sensation
  • Pain in the vaginal area
    - without engaging in sexual activity
    - during sexual activity

What are the causes of vaginal dryness?

There are many possible causes of vaginal dryness.

  • Menopause

During the menopause, dryness in the genital area is caused by the decreasing production of female sex hormones (including oestrogens). Less vaginal fluid is produced inside the vagina and the skin becomes thinner and more prone to injury. These are perfectly normal changes but they may be associated with considerable discomfort.

  • Younger women

Younger women may also be affected by vaginal dryness, for example after uterine or ovarian surgery, when breastfeeding or taking the pill. Furthermore, chemotherapy, radiation and medication used to treat cancer can also have the side effect of vaginal dryness. Vaginal dryness can also occur under stress or as a side effect of some medication, e.g. for treating diabetes, depression, asthma or endometriosis.

What helps to relieve the symptoms of vaginal dryness?

The discomfort caused by vaginal dryness can have a very negative impact on quality of life. The feeling of dryness is often accompanied by other symptoms, such as itching, burning and pain around the vagina, the vaginal entrance and the external genital area (vulva), which often makes sexual intercourse painful. The severity of the symptoms can vary greatly: some women avoid excessive movement and exercise, some women experience these uncomfortable symptoms simply from sitting.

Vaginal creams or pessaries containing hormones are often prescribed to relieve the discomfort of vaginal dryness. For women who cannot or do not want to use hormones, hormone-free creams, salves or other preparations for vaginal dryness are an alternative. OTC products that are available in your pharmacy include Vagisan MoistCream, Vagisan MoistCream Cremolum or Vagisan MoistCream Combi.

Regular application of a product that adds moisture and lipids (fats) to dry skin can help to prevent dryness and possible side effects (e.g. small tears in the skin, skin irritation). 

How can I relieve the symptoms of vaginal dryness?

Vagisan MoistCream helps to relieve the symptoms of vaginal dryness

For vaginal dryness: Vagisan MoistCream

Do you suffer from vaginal dryness? Vagisan MoistCream with dual effect can help all women with vaginal dryness: it provides moisture and soothing lipids (fats) to the skin in the external genital area and in the vagina. Vagisan MoistCream leaves the sensitive vaginal lining pleasantly soft – without the need for hormones. Vagisan MoistCream can be applied in the vagina with or without an applicator.

We also have Vagisan MoistCream Cremolum for use in the vagina. The pessary is inserted without an applicator into the vagina, where it melts and forms a cream that provides long-lasting relief to the vaginal lining.

Vagisan MoistCream Combi includes a tube of MoistCream AND pessaries. The cream and the smooth-melting pessary provide long-lasting relief for the symptoms of vaginal dryness: use Vagisan MoistCream for the external genital area and vaginal opening and Vagisan MoistCream Cremolum for the vagina.

Regular use of Vagisan MoistCream and/or Vagisan MoistCream Cremolum can help to prevent irritation and inflammation in the vagina and external genital area caused by dryness.

All products are available over the counter in your pharmacy. Find the Vagisan MoistCream product that best meets your needs: