What Causes Vaginal Dryness?

Media headlines frequently refer to menopause as the one and only cause of vaginal dryness. Not true! Although menopause and vaginal dryness are closely linked, women of all ages can experience occasional (or even chronic) dryness, discomfort, and pain during intercourse.

It’s a Hormone Thing.

The real issue is estrogen, a vital female hormone responsible for ripening eggs inside the ovaries. Estrogen controls ovulation and plays an important part in supporting healthy pregnancy. Estrogen is also essential in keeping vaginal tissue supple and elastic. And it’s estrogen that gives the tissue its ability to produce slippery-smooth lubrication. Anytime a woman’s estrogen level falls too low – for whatever the reason – vaginal atrophy (thinning) and dryness will occur.

The Top 10 Causes of Vaginal Dryness…

  • Menopause is the most common cause of vaginal dryness. An estimated 2 million American women every year reach this benchmark when (after 12 consecutive months without a period), they no longer produce enough estrogen to generate natural vaginal moisture. Even for women using bioidentical hormones to counter symptoms of menopause, there is often some residual dryness that can be annoying and uncomfortable.
  • Breastfeeding is also a very common cause of dryness, because nursing slows a woman’s estrogen production.
  • Hysterectomy and ovarian dysfunction (which means abnormal, irregular, or lack of ovulation) also lead to dryness.
  • Frequent douching disrupts the vagina’s normal chemical balance and can cause vaginitis (inflammation). The result is frequently intimate dryness and irritation.
  • 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.
  • Eating disorders like anorexia and bulimia can shut down the reproductive system and lead to dryness.
  • 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.
  • Birth control pills can lower estrogen levels enough to leave even women in their 20s and 30s feeling uncomfortable.
  • Exhaustion and emotional stress can leave women estrogen-deprived, particularly if the problem persists for extended periods of time.
  • 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, soothing and all natural remedy for vaginal dryness. Formulated by a woman doctor over 30 years ago, this luxurious, oil-based vaginal cream is now used by thousands of women nationwide. It’s recommended by pharmacists. Doctors around the country encourage their patients to try it.

This ultra-sheer personal lubricant can be used as often as a woman likes. It stays semi-solid at room temperature. Then, the minute it touches warm skin, it melts into silky moisture that lasts for hours. A growing number of women use it as a sex lubricant, to make intercourse more comfortable. Others use it as a daily intimate moisturizer – applied externally after bath or shower, or internally with the slender applicator.

Crème 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. Crème never burns or leaves a messy residue. It offers powerful protection from bladder infection and vaginal yeast infection. And can enhance sexual enjoyment for both partners.

What’s the Takeaway?

Crème de la Femme provides soothing relief from vaginal dryness, no matter why it happens, without exposing women to the medical risks associated with some other over-the-counter feminine creams.