IN THE KNOW: VAGINAL DRYNESS

Let’s talk about vaginal dryness, shall we? Firstly, it’s more common than you think! Vaginal dryness has affected 70% of women at some point in their lives. And contrary to popular belief, menopause isn’t the only culprit. Dryness can start as early as your 20s. (Yikes!). Stress, birth control, antihistamines, childbirth, breastfeeding, and even dehydration can cause vaginal dryness. It may also be a symptom of vaginal atrophy, a condition in which vaginal tissues become thinner and more easily irritated. And what about sex? When your heart says one thing but your vagina says another, it’s a recipe for unwanted interruptions. Vaginal dryness doesn’t have to keep you from feeling like yourself or looking forward to intimacy.

LET’S TALK ABOUT YOU

The cause of vaginal dryness isn’t that cut and dry—a few things can affect your natural lubrication. These questions can help you learn what they may be.

Are you experiencing vaginal dryness?

PREVENTION

Staying hydrated is not only important for your overall health, it's also important for your vaginal health and will help keep your skin lubricated. You can help prevent painful or uncomfortable intercourse by opening up to your partner and seeking out a dryness solution that works for you. In addition to foreplay, the right lubricant can help make intimacy more enjoyable for you both!

DR. O "HOW DO YOU KNOW THAT WHAT YOU ARE FEELING IS VAGINAL DRYNESS?" (3:51)
Gynecologist Dr. Althea O’Shaughnessy decodes vaginal dryness symptoms to help you better understand what could be causing you pain.

ONE WOMAN’S QUESTIONS ARE EVERY WOMAN’S QUESTIONS.