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.
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.
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.