Vaginal Dryness Specialist

Newport Center Women's Health

Obstetrics, Gynecology & Wellness located in Newport Beach, CA

Vaginal dryness is a condition most women experience at some point, but few actually talk about it. Dr. Gigi Kroll & Dr. Zhanna Pinkus and the dedicated team at Newport Center Women’s Health in Newport Beach, California, are here to offer a listening ear and help you get to the bottom of what might be causing your vaginal dryness. If you’re experiencing vaginal dryness, call or book an appointment online with Newport Center Women’s Health today.

Vaginal Dryness Q & A

Newport Center Women's Health

What is vaginal dryness?

Normally, a thin layer of moisture covers the wall of the vagina, providing an environment that sperm can travel through for sexual reproduction.

When this moisturized layer is disturbed in any way, the vaginal wall can start to thin, causing a slew of uncomfortable problems, including painful intercourse and vaginal itching.

While vaginal dryness typically has hormonal causes, it’s important to talk to the team at Newport Center Women’s Health if you’re experiencing this condition frequently.

What causes vaginal dryness?

Vaginal dryness is usually caused by a sudden decrease in estrogen production.

However, there are a number of possible causes that you may want to consider, including:

  • Lack of sexual interest
  • Low libido
  • Douching
  • Depression
  • Breastfeeding
  • Cigarette smoking
  • Stress
  • Too much exercise
  • Immune system disorders
  • Menopause or perimenopause
  • Certain cancer treatments

Most adult women will experience some form of vaginal dryness during their lifetime, but it’s important to speak up if it becomes a chronic condition that impacts your daily life.

What are the effects of vaginal dryness?

Believe it or not, you may not even know if you’re experiencing vaginal dryness unless you are having sex or feeling pain during urination.

Vaginal dryness can present itself in a number of different ways such as:

  • Frequent vaginal itching
  • Stinging
  • Painful urination
  • Pain during intercourse
  • Vaginal soreness
  • Light bleeding after intercourse
  • Recurring urinary tract infections

Vaginal dryness is embarrassing for many women to talk about, but it’s nothing to be ashamed of. Talk to your gynecologist the moment you start experiencing one or more of these symptoms.

Are there any treatment options?

Depending on the cause of your vaginal dryness, your gynecologist will likely recommend that you start using a lubricant specifically created for vaginal use.

Appropriate lubricants are water-based and free of perfumes, artificial colors, and herbal extracts, as they can cause vaginal irritation and worsen dryness.

If your vaginal dryness is not helped by all-natural lubricants, you may need a more intensive treatment like estrogen therapy.

This type of therapy can be found in pills, creams, or rings that release estrogen into the body and help stimulate natural vaginal lubrication.

To learn more about how the experts at Newport Center Women’s Health can help treat vaginal dryness, call or book an appointment online today.