Is Dry Vagina Making Sex Uncomfortable?


Is insufficient lubrication bringing your sex life to a halt? A dry vagina can make the penetration process difficult and uncomfortable for you and your partner.

When you are sexually aroused, two glands located at the entrance of your vagina (Bartholin’s glands) secrete natural lubricants that ease the process of intercourse. Due to external or internal reasons at times the glands are unable to produce the required amount of secretions.                                                                                                 

Why is it Dry?

Here is a list of common reasons that could be causing dryness. Inflammation and infection in the vagina. A few drugs such as narcotics, tranquilizers, nicotine, alcohol and sedatives can induce vaginal dryness. Smoking is often cited as a reason of vaginal dryness. In nursing mothers, the low estrogen levels reduce lubrication.

When you are anxious about your sexual performance, the stress and tension of not being able to satisfy your partner can lead to no arousal and thereby, no lubrication.

Lack of foreplay during intercourse restricts the arousal process. So, the Bartholin’s glands are not able to secrete adequately in less time. Medical conditions such as vaginusmus and pelvic pain during intercourse are some of the internal causes of dryness.

Can it be treated?

Yes, it can be treated because it is temporary condition. Vaginal infections are treated with anti-fungal tablets. If you are suffering from premature ovarian disorder, you will be prescribed long term medication. 

Lubricants are Useful

Lubricants like vaginal gels can be of great help. If you are experiencing a burning sensation, then a local anesthetic gel is advisable. Apply the gel generously around the vulva area before intercourse, in order to avoid pain. Coconut oil is a natural, chemical-free option.

In case you are suffering from a vaginal infection, as soon as your inflammation is cured, the capacity to lubricate is naturally restored. If dryness still persists, then consult your gynaecologist.

The process will take a little longer, in case you are suffering from a hormonal imbalance or premature ovaries.

 

What to do about dryness before the menopause
A dry vagina can be lubricated easily. For additional lubrication for intercourse, use a water-soluble, starch-based lubricant (for example, KY jelly) or a vaginal moisturizer (for example, Sylk, Replens or Senselle) rather than a petroleum-based product like Vaseline, which may interfere with your natural secretions. Apart from Sylk (see Useful contacts), which is available by mail order and from some stockists, these products can all be bought from a pharmacy – you do not need a prescription. Sylk is a lubricant derived from an extract of kiwi fruit; obviously you should not use it if you are allergic to kiwi fruit. It has a non-sticky texture very similar to natural vaginal lubrication. Some lubricants damage condoms; Sylk, KY jelly, Replens and Senselle do not.

Sylk and KY jelly are used just before intercourse. Smear the product liberally over the vulval area, particularly round the opening of the vagina.

Replens and Senselle are moisturizers that you use two or three times a week. They coat the inside of the vagina with a non-hormonal moisturizer, which lasts for a day or two, so they do not have to be used immediately before intercourse.