… another problem that affects nearly every other woman and not just during the menopausal period!
During the menopausal period dryness of the intimate area – both inside (in the vagina) and outside (on the vulva) – is caused by decreasing production of female sex hormones (particularly oestrogen). 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.
The discomfort of vaginal dryness is, however, also familiar to younger women, for example after uterine or ovarian surgery, when breastfeeding, taking the pill or even in stressful situation. Chemotherapy, radiotherapy and medication used to treat cancer can also have the side effect of vaginal dryness.
The discomfort caused by vaginal dryness can have a very negative impact on your quality of life. The feeling of dryness is often accompanied by other symptoms such as itching, burning and pain around the vagina, the entrance to the vagina and the vulva, which also often makes sexual intercourse painful.
Vaginal creams or pessaries containing hormones are often used to relieve the discomfort of vaginal dryness. For women who cannot or do not want to use hormones, hormone-free preparations are an alternative (e.g. Vagisan MoistCream or Vagisan MoistCream Combi).
How to recognise vaginal dryness
Vaginal dryness is a topic that women are hesitant to discuss. But according to one study, almost one out of every two women over 45 suffers from vaginal dryness*, not only during menopause. Are you one of those affected?
Simply answer the following questions. If you answered 'Yes' to at least one question, this can be a sign of vaginal dryness. Read what you can do about it under Symptoms.
Have you experienced any of the following symptoms in the vaginal area in the last 4 weeks?
- Dry sensation
- Burning sensation
- Pain in the vaginal area
- without engaging in sexual activities
- during sexual activities