What is Vaginal Dryness?

It’s a symptom that surfaces for a variety of reasons which may require the need for personal lubrication. It happens to women of all ages, and there is not one set indicator that causes it. When the underlying cause of the dryness goes unchecked, the results could be pain and discomfort associated with lack of natural moisture in the area. Here are some of those potential causes of vaginal dryness.

1. Imbalance in the production of estrogen

The main reason why the vaginal area becomes dry enough to need supplemental lubrication is that it ceases to produce its natural moisture. Vaginal walls are naturally lubricated by a thin layer of viscous, clear fluid.

Estrogen, the primary female sex hormone, helps regulate and maintain optimal levels of moisture in the vaginal area, thus providing female lubrication. A lower production of estrogen creates an imbalance in its production. The hormonal cause for the imbalance of estrogen could include:

  • Menopause
  • Perimenopause
  • Changes in the menstrual cycle
  • Hormone therapy
  • Birth control pills
  • Ovulation

2. Reaction to medications

Did you know that common sedative medications have the potential of causing personal dryness? Many of these mood stabilizers also work with other parts of our body that monitor and control natural, innate responses. Therefore, consider this when you enter a prescribed medication protocol with medications that include:

  • Xanax
  • Ativan
  • Halcion

Cold medication has the same potential side effect because the way these prescriptions work is by reducing moisture in all mucous membranes and zones in the body. At times, the vaginal area experiences the same decrease in moisture.

3. Bad circulation and arousal disorder

In purely physical terms, arousal leads to female lubrication or the moment when the vaginal area becomes naturally moisturized in preparation for intercourse. Circulation, namely, the pumping and flowing of blood throughout our body, is primarily responsible for the whole process to happen. When such pumping and flowing ceases, stops, or is minimized, there is less blood flow and, as a result, less moisture is produced.

The causes for insufficient blood flow may surprise you:

  • Hypertension (high blood pressure) medication
  • Heavy cigarette smoking
  • Heavy alcohol consumption
  • Stress
  • Post-surgery conditions
  • Chemotherapy and radiation

4. Excessive use of hygienic products

Dryness can also be caused by the excessive use of vaginal health and hygiene products. Many products that promote “freshness,” do so by preventing moisture from building up. Overall dryness can result from over usage of:

  • Odor eliminating gels
  • Feminine washes
  • Talc
  • Cleansing solutions
  • Bath salts
  • Soap bars

5. Mental or behavioral health issues

It is a universally-known fact that affection, human emotion, and cohesiveness are the ultimate motivators in a relationship.

Couples that demonstrate affection for one another are very likely to achieve a better intimate life. A stress-free, positive view of our bodies and our relationships will help our bodies work better and respond positively to our natural instincts.

In contrast, feelings of shame, guilt, and personal dissatisfaction cause undue stress. A life with manageable stress and good support systems will let you achieve more both intimately and socially.

When to get help

Dryness can occur at any time, causing all kinds of a nuisance in the process. As such, the time to get help for vaginal dryness varies from woman to woman.

Some will not notice that they have a problem until they actually get into a potentially intimate moment. Others will only notice after their cycles start, and they find themselves in the uncomfortable situation of having to wear sanitary products during this time.

The problem with not taking care of dryness on time is that it causes pain. Moreover, it may lead to internal harm if there is not enough moisture in the vaginal walls during intimacy, or while wearing sanitary products.

Why SYLK®?

SYLK® offers an alternative to personal moisture and lubrication. Made with 100% purified natural kiwi vine extract, SYLK® provides instant comfort for those special moments.

As a water-based moisturizing personal lubricant, SYLK® feels clean and smooth to the touch, without leaving a residue. Since it is not made with added perfumes, parabens, oils, or harsh chemicals, SYLK® is gentle on even the most sensitive skin. Plus, it is pH balanced so you can rest easy knowing your delicate balance will stay in check. SYLK® is the formula for success!

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