It’s just not done.
It’s just not spoken about.
It’s definitely hush-hush.
My best friend and I spend hours on the phone talking about all things non-important (and some more important) and yet, we have NEVER spoken about this. Two little words that seem to strike a vow of silence to women’s voices everywhere.
The closest of friends rarely discuss it. Husbands and wives, girlfriends and boyfriends – you name the couples or groups – the most committed people will never, ever discuss it.
Yet, 22% of us women suffer from it. The majority in total silence – never game enough to raise or utter the words.
These women are game enough to utter the words! WATCH Dr. Ginni Mansberg and Shelly Horton chat about this ‘taboo’ topic.
So what are the two words that women avoid discussing at all cost? “Vaginal Dryness.” Two little words that describe a problem that impacts women everywhere daily.
So let’s talk about it.
Vaginal dryness can affect any woman at any stage of her life. It is an awkward condition that can see sex becoming a painful experience as there is simply not enough natural lubrication to make it an enjoyable experience.
The impact can be a very stressful experience. You may avoid intimacy with your significant other and put stress into your relationship. Your significant other may be stressed about causing you pain. The stress builds and the cycle continues.
So, what causes Vaginal Dryness anyway?
It can be a variety of issues. In a nutshell, hormonal changes, medications, douching, soaps and stress can cause a chemical imbalance that sees your natural secretions (don’t you love that?!) reduced.
According to the Mayo Clinic the ‘technical’ reality of the condition is the “Reduced estrogen levels are the main cause of vaginal dryness. Oestrogen, a female hormone, helps keep vaginal tissue healthy by maintaining normal vaginal lubrication, tissue elasticity and acidity.”
Obviously events in life such as pregnancy, Perimenopause, menopause and breastfeeding directly effect the Oestrogen levels in a women’s body and these are some reasons for vaginal dryness occurring during these times.
But even the sometimes added stress of trying to conceive and particularly stressful life events can affect your body’s ability to maintain a comfortable vaginal environment.
So, what can you do?
- Talk about it: It’s time to normalise this silent problem. Ask your girlfriends if they have had this problem before.
- Talk to your doctor: If there is an underlying ‘cause’ such as menopause, speak to your doctor about Oestrogen creams that have been proven to assist in this area.
- Vaginal Moisturisers: Specifically targeted moisturisers for your vagina can assist in getting rid of vaginal dryness. Pop along to your chemist or chat to your doctor about what may help you.
WATCH for how you can help ‘treat’ your vaginal dryness.
So, maybe you don’t want to shout it out to the world, but having a quiet chat with a girlfriend, doctor or pharmacist will really help you get some practical advice and help get us all discussing this very real problem for many women.
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