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Name: frannianni

Can you tell me a little about vaginal dryness, and what can help?

Dear Franniani,

Although vaginal dryness can be an age-related problem, younger women may also have a loss of vaginal lubrication. Lubrication is really a "sweating" that comes from deep inside the vagina in response to arousal. It is the counterpart to the male erection (interestingly enough). Some of the causes for vaginal dryness include: fluctuating hormone levels during menstruation or during menopause, side effects of certain medications (antihypertensives, antihistamines, some psychotropic meds), recently giving birth or breatfeeding, or psychological factors such as anxiety, fear, stress, or depression.

The treatment for vaginal dryness depends upon the specific cause, but a the following may help:
Avoid excessive alchol or caffeine. Drink at least 4 cups of water a day.

Speak to your MD about the application of estrogen cream to your vagina.

Taking 500 mgs of borage or evening primrose oil helps some women to moisturize tissue.

Find a good water soluble lubricant (like Astroglide)
Address any of the underlying psychological problems that may be negatively effecting your sex response with a professional.

Hope this is helpful.

Dr. Sandy Scantling
Author of Extraordinary Sex Now.
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