One uncomfortable problem that women of all ages can relate to is vaginal dryness. When down there is dry as the Sahara, it can affect you mentally and physically. Some common symptoms of dryness include pain during sex, decreased libido, and even itching and burning. Usually, the walls of the vagina are naturally lubricated. Estrogen, a female hormone, helps keep vaginal tissue healthy by maintaining this lubrication and the elasticity and acidity of the vagina.
A drop in estrogen will cause this natural moisture to reduce, and contrary to what some people might think, this doesn’t only affect women hitting menopause! Douching, bubble baths, and scented soaps can all cause dryness as well by throwing off the normal pH of the vagina, which should be somewhere between 3.8 and 4.5 Most cleansers and soaps on the market have a pH of 9 to 10, which is far too basic and can lead to irritation and even infection. Although dryness is normal for women of every age, it’s definitely not something that should be ignored, as it is also a common symptom of vaginitis. If a lack of lubrication is paired with any abnormal discharge, pain, itching or odor, it is important that you plan a visit to your gyno!
If you’re only experiencing dryness when you want to have sex, this is a different story. It’s possible that your partner isn’t doing the right things to turn you on or that your mind is focused on outside stress or work. If your sex drive is also suffering, it could have to do with where you are in your cycle. Some women may find that their libido suffers post-ovulation, and tracking your cycle using an app might help if that’s the case. Some forms of birth control and other medications might also be leaving your Queen V a little thirsty.
Although vaginal dryness might be embarrassing to talk about, there are plenty of options out there that can help! To moisturize and help with foreplay and comfort during intimacy, P.S. I Lube You is a dermatologically tested personal lubricant that provides an enjoyable and longer lasting glide*. Start your engines ladies… and don’t let dryness and discomfort get you down!
*vs not using a lubricant.