This is a common issue that many women may have at some point. Symptoms include:

  • Feeling sore or itchy in and around your vagina
  • Sexual intercourse feels painful or there is some discomfort
  • More frequent need to pass urine
  • Urinary tract infections


Many women are likely to experience this at some point as there are different stages during a woman’s life that can cause dryness, such as menopause. Other reasons why this may be experienced include breastfeeding, antidepressants, contraceptive pills, cancer treatment, underlying conditions such as diabetes, or a hysterectomy.

There are non-medical causes too, such as not being aroused during sex or using certain cosmetic products.


Non-medical changes

There are certain steps you can take to try to prevent or improve dryness before you seek medical attention. These include water-based lubricants before sex, foreplay before sex, vaginal moisturisers and the use of unperfumed cosmetic products.

Medical treatments

A GP or a urologist can help to determine whether the dryness is down to a medical issue. Furthermore, if there is any discharge or bleeding, then it is important to seek medical help.

The treatment a woman will receive will depend on the exact cause but it may be creams, gels or patches to deliver hormones if this is the cause. A consultation with one of our team will help to determine the best treatment for each individual patient.

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Mr Sam Datta a urologist in East Anglia
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Mr Zafar Maan a urologist in East Anglia
Mr Zafar Maan

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