Vaginal dryness is often linked to menopause but can occur at any age. Nearly 20 percent of pre-menopausal women experience it, and it can lead to irritation, itching, frequent urination, and painful sex.

While many women are hesitant to bring up the topic of vaginal dryness with their gynecologists, it is a highly treatable condition. At The Center for Women’s Sexual Health & Medicine, we take a comprehensive approach to patient care and evaluate physical, emotional, and lifestyle factors when determining the best treatments for our patients.

What is vaginal dryness?

It is characterized by tissues in the vaginal wall that do not produce enough lubrication as well as a loss of collagen and elasticity. Healthy vaginas are naturally moist– lubricated by a clear/white fluid that protects the delicate tissues from injury. Persistent or untreated vaginal dryness is one of the leading causes of sexual dysfunction and makes women more prone to urinary tract infections.

What are the causes of vaginal dryness?

The transition into menopause and the accompanying drop in estrogen is one of the leading causes. Estrogen keeps vaginal tissues elastic and naturally lubricated. This female hormone can also decline during pregnancy, breastfeeding, or when taking certain medications such as oral contraceptive pills.

Besides menopause, the following factors can also lead to vaginal dryness:

  • Certain anti-allergy medications, antidepressants, and oral contraceptives
  • Personal hygiene irritants (scented soaps, vaginal douches)
  • Cancer treatments in the pelvic area
  • Autoimmune disorders like Sjögren’s syndrome
  • Surgical removal of the ovaries
  • Childbirth and breastfeeding

How is vaginal dryness diagnosed?

Vaginal dryness, while not a serious medical condition, is not something to be ignored. An accurate diagnosis is based on your symptoms, medical history, sexual history, and a gynecologic exam.

Seeking professional help is the first step toward finding relief. Our providers understand that each woman is unique in her healthcare needs and are sensitive to the intimate nature of this common concern.

Signs of vaginal dryness

The primary symptoms of vaginal dryness are:

  • Sore and dry around the vaginal opening
  • Discomfort or pain during vaginal intercourse
  • Itching and burning sensation
  • Frequent or painful urination and recurring urinary tract infections

Are there vaginal dryness treatments?

Chronic vaginal dryness can have a negative impact on a woman’s health and sex life. Fortunately, this common condition is not something you have to live with. Treatment for vaginal dryness is dependent on the underlying cause, whether hormone changes, arousal issues, or current medications. To rule out potential irritants, avoid feminine hygiene products containing dyes or perfumes.

Some of the most effective therapies for restoring the vaginal area include:

  • Vaginal Estrogen therapy (creams, rings, or inserts)
  • Topical water, silicone, or oil-based lubricants during sex
  • Vaginal moisturizers (Hyaluronic acid, Vitamin E, or coconut oil based)
  • Vaginal DHEA (Intrarosa)
  • MonaLisaTouch™ Vaginal Laser

Contact us for vaginal dryness relief

If not addressed, vaginal dryness can significantly affect a woman’s health and sexual life. Even if a woman is not sexually active with a partner, treatment is recommended and continued maintenance therapy is encouraged.

Book an appointment with a vaginal dryness specialist in Miami at The Center for Women’s Sexual Health & Medicine.

We are pleased to offer our patients both in-office and Telemedicine consultations.


(305) 534-2926

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