Although it is commonly linked to menopausal and post menopausal women, vaginal dryness can occur at any age. Vaginal dryness results from a lack of natural lubrication inside the vagina. Because this is a problem that can cause discomfort and irritation during sex, it is important to learn ways to increase lubrication.
According to Sex Info by the University of California, Santa Barbara, approximately 40 percent of women in the United States reported issues with inadequate lubrication during sexual activity. But what makes a woman dry down there? Often times this can be caused by low levels of estrogen in the body which, according to Livestrong, maintains your vagina's health, elasticity, and lubrication.
And, luckily, there are ways to tell your suffer from vaginal dryness without enduring painful sex. Mayo Clinic lists the symptoms of vaginal dryness as itching, burning or stinging around the vaginal opening and in the lower third of the vagina. The vaginal lining may become thin, dry and may even tear, making intercourse and other friction painful. You should seek medical advice if you are experiencing long bouts of vaginal dryness, as your doctor will be able to check and help regulate your hormone levels.
Sounds painful right? Luckily there are some ways you can increase your vaginal lubrication and get back to enjoying sex — and life — again.