Since these problem is one among other sexual issues repeatedly shy away from by the general public, it has lead to misinformation and has cause more damage than help.In an interview with Healthista’s Anna Magee, gynaecologist Vanessa Mackey breaks down the different issues that can lead to vaginal dryness and provides her expertise as to how to resolve the problem.
If getting wet before intercourse has never been a problem for you before and suddenly, things have changed, you may be experiencing hormonal changes such as approaching the menopause.
But then again you might not be, but it’s still normal. In fact, there are plenty of reasons women experience vaginal dryness during sex. Trouble is, no one ever talks about it, so few of us know the heartening truth which is, its easily fixed when is openly talked about and discussed as I applaud you to with me by dropping your comment about these topic below.
Research last year by Vagisil found that vaginal dryness affects a staggering half of British women and of course African women which has led to increase sales of lubricates day in day out not minding how harmful these lubricates can be to the vagina since its that sensitive.
Even more depressingly, two in five women in a relationship who have suffered from it don’t feel comfortable talking to anyone – not even their partners – about this and one in 20 have even ended a relationship because of issues with vaginal dryness.
Perhaps most surprisingly, the most at risk were women in their mid-twenties to mid-thirties, not those who were experiencing menopause.
If you’re one of the large proportion of women who are too embarrassed to talk to their doctors about this, we’ve quizzed Dr Vanessa Mackay of the Royal College of Gynaecologists about the reasons and what you can do about them:
The most common reason for vaginal dryness is the menopause or the years leading up to it. For the average British woman, menopause occurs at around 52 but the perimenopausal years can begin up to a decade earlier.
"The hormone estrogen is responsible for keeping the vagina lubricated but during menopause and the years leding up to it, estrogen levels can fluctuate and then dramatically drop leading to symptoms such as mood changes, hot flushes, tiredness, night sweats, weight gain and indeed, vaginal dryness," says Dr Mackay.Having said all the above, one thing worth knowing about vagina dryness and what leads to it: sexual intercourse is an emotional thing that has to do 95% with how one feel and treating it starts from the inside before other medical prescriptions.