Vaginal Dryness

This guide is designed for women who are experiencing uncomfortable vaginal dryness.

Vaginal dryness is common. It can cause vaginal itching and soreness. For many women, it is particularly bothersome during sexual intercourse. By answering a short series of questions, you will learn about the possible causes of vaginal dryness and treatments that are likely to help.

If your symptoms are significant, it is appropriate for you to be evaluated by a doctor. He or she can help you to decide how to manage your symptoms.

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Vaginal dryness can be caused by using douches, perfumes, deodorants, spermicides, or other cosmetic products applied in or on the vagina. It can even result as a reaction to deodorants or perfumes in pads or panty liners.

Did your symptoms begin after you began using one of these products?

Yes, that's when the symptoms began.

No, I haven't been using any of those products.

Vaginal dryness is particularly common during the menopause transition and in years that follow menopause. The average age for menopause is 51. During the menopause transition, within two or three years of a woman's decrease in estrogen levels, about one out of every five women experiences vaginal dryness. In later years, as many as one out of every two women notices vaginal dryness.

Vaginal dryness can also occur when a woman has both ovaries surgically removed. The reason is that this surgery can cause a woman to enter menopause.

Have you entered menopause (either recently or in the past)?

Yes, I am either in menopause or past menopause.

No, I have not entered menopause.

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