Last updated on Nov 4th, 2020 at 11:56 am

Vaginal dryness affects many women at different points in their lives and while it can affect your sex life, vaginal dryness isn’t a ‘sex problem’

Vaginal dryness can cause pain and discomfort during everyday activities and possibly cause injuries to the delicate skin down there. While this might be awkward to talk about, it is a relatively common problem and affects more women than you think.

The experts who created Dr Wolff’s Vagisan Moisturising Cream answered our questions on vaginal dryness.

What causes vaginal dryness

Women can naturally experience vaginal dryness during menopause and perimenopause as a result of changing hormones however Women’s health concerns says 17% of women experience vaginal dryness outside of menopause, with no hormonal cause.

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This can happen because of the feminine hygiene products they use which can cause general dryness and it can also happen during sex because of physical and psychological reasons making sex uncomfortable and painful.

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Choosing the right moisturiser

There are some things you can do about vaginal dryness to improve your general comfort and sexual experience too.

One of the ways you can do this is to moisturise your vaginal area. Because dry skin (where ever it is) can become irritated and Iinflamed, it might become necessary to moisturise your vaginal area with a lubricant or vaginal cream.

Choosing the right moisturiser is an important decision with consideration to your needs and your lifestyle. The team at Dr Wolff’s Vagisan Moisturising Cream, suggest using a non-hormonal moisturiser first.

“Both options have their respective advantages and disadvantages. In mild to moderate cases of vaginal dryness evidence suggests, that non-hormonal treatment options (e.g. Dr.Wolff’s Vagisan Moisturising Cream) may be non-inferior regarding the alleviation of subjective symptoms. The alleviation of subjective symptoms of vaginal dryness is usually the primary goal for the patient. Hormonal creams may have some benefit regarding objective signs of vaginal dryness compared to non-hormonal treatments, however, there may also be more and more severe side-effects with hormonal creams. Additionally, hormonal treatment options are usually contraindicated in some cases, e.g. premenopausal women or breast cancer patients,” they say.

“Therefore, expert societies like the NAMS*, recommend to use non-hormonal treatment options as first-line therapy and only switch to hormonal therapies, if non-hormonal options are not effective. In any case, the decision towards a treatment should be made by consulting professional medical advice,” they add.

Vaginal moisturisers and condoms

Vaginal dryness can cause discomfort in many aspects of your life including sex. While vaginal dryness isn’t just a sexual issue it can affect your sex life. When looking into a vaginal moisturiser or cream, it is important to look for a product that suits your needs.
Using a lubricant and condoms together means using strictly waterbased lubricants can cause the condome to break and become ineffective.

“Dr.Wolff’s Vagisan Moisturising Cream can be used to facilitate sexual intercourse. Additionally, it has a beneficial effect on dyspareunia, meaning it may alleviate pain during intercourse, when regularly applied. However, Dr.Wolff’s Vagisan Moisturising Cream contains soothing lipids it should not be used with condoms. While the soothing lipids may be beneficial in relieving the symptoms of vaginal dryness, they may interfere with the tensile strength of condoms” say Dr. Wolff’s Vagisan Moisturising Cream team.

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Will moisturisers ‘cure’ vaginal dryness

Vaginal dryness can be as inconvininet as it is uncomfortable, but depending on its cause it could be  permenant. According to Dr. Wolff’s Vagisan Moisturising, Cream team causes of Vaginal dryness like menopause can mean living with vaginal dryness permenantly.

“In postmenopausal women vaginal dryness is usually due to the decline of oestrogens. Declining levels of oestrogens are perfectly normal during and after the menopause, unfortunately, however, accordingly vaginal dryness is a chronic condition in postmenopausal and will usually reappear after treatment has ceased,” they say.

However Dr. Wolff’s Vagisan Moisturising Cream can be used for non-chronic cases of vaginal dryness too. Applies as needed to sooth dryness and the discomfort that comes with it.

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*Source: The 2020 genitourinary syndrome of menopause position statement of The North American Menopause Society, Menopause: September 2020 – Volume 27 – Issue 9 – p 976-992

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