What causes vaginal dryness?

Many women will experience vaginal dryness (otherwise known as vaginal atrophy or vulvar atrophy) at some point in their life. Some of the causes of vaginal dryness are:

  • Breastfeeding
  • Side effect of taking oral contraceptives
  • Excessive exercise
  • Emotional stress
  • Alcohol
  • Caffeine
  • Cigarette smoking
  • Prolonged use of tampons
  • Diabetes
  • Certain allergy medications and antihistamines
  • Advanced endometriosis
  • Side effect of various other medication (including breast cancer treatments)
  • Menopause (over half of women find they have vaginal changes due to a decrease in the hormone oestrogen

Vaginal dryness can cause itchiness, pain and discomfort during intercourse but also during daily activities.

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