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Vaginal Dryness

Vaginal dryness can cause distressing effects, including painful sex, frequent urinary tract infections (UTI) and urinary stress incontinence. At Today’s Woman, a unique gynecological boutique practice for women of all ages in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, board certified, Yale-trained OB/GYN Dr. Sharan Abdul-Rahman offers non-surgical and non-hormonal, long-term relief for vaginal dryness.

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What are the symptoms of vaginal dryness?

The symptoms of vaginal dryness can include:

  • Lack of lubrication coming from the cervix
  • Pain during intercourse
  • Pain when wearing close-fitting clothing
  • Itchiness
  • Stinging
  • Chronic irritation
  • Minor amount of bleeding during intercourse
  • Increased urge to urinate
  • General feeling of pain or discomfort at most times
  • Most women have at least several of these symptoms at one time. Vaginal dryness can become uncomfortable enough to interfere in your life, but fortunately, there are solutions.

    Why does vaginal dryness occur?

    The most common reason vaginal dryness occurs is a lack of estrogen, a common part of menopause. Other potential causes of vaginal dryness include:

  • Hormonal changes due to pregnancy and childbirth
  • Oral contraceptives
  • Radiation and chemotherapy
  • Regular use of douches
  • Anxiety and stress
  • Autoimmune diseases
  • How is vaginal dryness treated?

    There are several different options for the treatment of vaginal dryness. There are topical lubricants that can add moisture, but those work only for the short term.

    Many women find that making lifestyle changes like drinking more water, reducing alcohol consumption, reducing caffeine consumption, eating a healthy diet, and getting regular exercise can help as well.

    Dr. Rahman at Today’s Woman can help you with vaginal dryness or any other gynecological concerns you may have.

    *Individual results may vary.