Despite common belief, vaginal dryness is not just a symptom for menopausal women. It can also be a problem for younger women, which can often be linked to other health issues or occur at particular periods of change. Luckily there are many solutions for vaginal dryness including water-based lubricants and intimate moisturisers, but first let's take a further look into the most popular causes:
A change in hormones
Women's hormones play a factor for a whole host of uncomfortable and often distressing symptoms. Big changes occur in women's oestrogen levels during menopause, breastfeeding and post childbirth. A significant drop of these particular hormones can often lead to a decrease in vaginal lubrication. Often these stages in a woman's life can result in a low libido; causing a lack of interest in sex, while further contributing to low levels of lubrication production.
Many medicines and drugs have counter-effects which can unfortunately have adverse side effects that can't be predicted or avoided. One of the most common forms of medication, which may have a side-effect of vaginal dryness is antihistamine. Antihistamines are often prescribed for symptoms caused by allergies such as hay-fever, dust, or reactions to certain pets. This type of medication has a drying effect internally and as such can cause dryness around the genital areas too. Adding a lubricated condom can help counter the effects and give both you and your partner a pleasurable intimate experience.