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Vaginal Dryness

Vaginal Dryness Causes

There are a number of factors that can contribute to vaginal dryness. However, the main cause would be the significant decrease in the estrogen levels, a female hormone that is responsible for maintaining the vaginal lubrication. Other factors include menopause, childbirth, breast-feeding, cigarette smoking and other immune disorders. There are also some certain medications that may contribute to vaginal dryness such as certain cold and allergy medications as well as some antidepressant drugs.

Vaginal Dryness Definition

Vaginal dryness is characterized by the lack of natural lubrication of the vagina, causing irritation and itchiness as well as discomfort during sexual intercourse. This is quite a common condition found in most women, especially during and after the menopausal stage.

Vaginal Dryness Diagnosis

Diagnosis is based on a pelvic exam as well as the reported symptoms of patients. A sample of the vaginal secretions or the cervical cells may be used to examined.

Vaginal Dryness Symptoms and Signs

The symptoms of vaginal dryness include itching and burning sensation, a feeling of pressure, light bleeding and pain during sexual intercourse and increase frequency of urination.

Vaginal Dryness Treatment

Treatments for vaginal dryness include vaginal estrogen creams; these are topical medications that helps promote the natural lubrication of the vagina. The vaginal estrogen ring is also a known alternative. This is a flexible ring that is inserted to the vagina by doctors. The ring releases consistent dosage of estrogen and usually requires replacement after three months.

Drugs used for treatment of Vaginal Dryness

Estrace Vaginal Cream

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