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Causes of Vaginal Dryness — The Top 10

Media headlines frequently point to “the change” as the primary cause of vaginal dryness. Not true! While menopause and vaginal dryness are closely linked, the condition can occur at any time during a woman's life.

The real issue is estrogen

Whenever estrogen levels fall too low in a woman’s bloodstream, vaginal atrophy (tissue shrinkage) and vaginal irritation will inevitably follow.

Estrogen is a vital female hormone, responsible for ripening eggs inside the ovaries. It controls ovulation and creates a nourishing, fertile environment for any sperm that may be present in the vaginal canal. Estrogen also plays an important part in supporting a full-term, healthy pregnancy. In fact, women produce more estrogen during a single pregnancy than they do during their entire lifetime when not pregnant.

Estrogen also is essential to keeping vaginal tissue supple and elastic. And it gives the tissue its natural ability to produce and secrete its own slippery-smooth lubrication.

So it’s not so surprising to learn that:

  1. Menopause is the single most common cause of vaginal dryness. Officially achieved by an estimated 2 million American women every year (after 12 consecutive months without a period), menopause signals that a woman is simply not producing enough estrogen to generate her own vaginal moisture.
  2. Breastfeeding is also a very common cause of dryness – again, because nursing a baby slows any woman’s estrogen production.
  3. Hysterectomy and ovarian dysfunction (which simply means abnormal, irregular or a lack of ovulation) also lead to dryness.
  4. Douchingdisrupts the vagina’s normal chemical balance and can cause vaginitis (inflammation). The result is frequently intimate dryness and irritation. 
  5. Extreme exercise sustained over time can lower estrogen, too. That’s why so many professional female athletes don’t get their periods. And why they suffer with almost chronic dryness.
  6. Eating disorders like anorexia and bulimia can shut down the reproductive system entirely and lead to dryness.
  7. Chemotherapy definitely lowers estrogen and leaves women vulnerable to dryness. And it can take many months beyond treatment for the body to recover enough to begin making its own vaginal moisture again.
  8. Birth control pills can lower estrogen levels enough to leave even women in their 20s and 30s feeling “scratchy” and dry.
  9. Exhaustion or emotional stress can leave women estrogen deprived, particularly if the problem persists for extended periods of time.
  10. Allergy and cold medications, as well as some antidepressants can decrease the moisture in many parts of a woman’s body, including her vagina.

A vaginal lubricant can help

Crème de la Femme is a safe and soothing vaginal dryness treatment that can help women in all these groups. A luxurious mineral oil-based vaginal cream, it was formulated by a woman doctor and is now recommended today by physicians and pharmacists nationwide.

Creme de la Femme can be used as often as needed to take the place of diminished vaginal moisture. This ultra-sheer vaginal lubricant stays semi-solid at room temperature. Then, the minute it touches warm skin, it melts into silky-smooth moisture that lasts for hours.

Creme de la Femme is made entirely without alcohol, dyes or glycerin, so it safely provides comfort without exposing women to the dangers of other vaginal lubricants. Creme never burns and leaves no messy residue. It offers powerful protection from bladder infection, vaginal irritation and vaginal yeast infection.

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Causes of Vaginal Dryness, while many, can be relieved with Creme de la Femme.