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What causes vaginal dryness?

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Advice ni Gabay sa Kalusugan – Dr. Gary Sy

Normally, the walls of the vagina stay lubricated with a thin layer of clear fluid. The hormone estrogen helps maintain that fluid and keeps the lining of the vagina healthy, thick, and elastic. During menopause, the drop in estrogen levels reduces the amount of moisture available. It also makes the vagina thinner and less elastic. This is called vaginal atrophy.

Vaginal dryness is a common symptom of menopause, and along with causing general discomfort, itchiness, and dryness in the area, it can also cause pain and uncomfortable friction during sex.

Most Common Symptoms of Vaginal Dryness
While vaginal dryness is usually easy to recognize, it can have a range of symptoms that are not just limited to dryness. Common symptoms associated with vaginal dryness include:

• Itching in the region of the vagina and vulva
• Painful sex
• Light bleeding during or after sex
• Burning sensation in the vaginal area
• Stinging
• Irritation
• Increased frequency of urination
• Discomfort when wearing underwear or tight clothing

NOTE:
The information contained here at Gabay sa Kalusugan – Health Page is intended for educational purposes only and is not a substitute for advice, diagnosis or treatment by a licensed physician. You should seek prompt medical care for any health issues.

Visit your doctor. Thank you.

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