Vaginal Dryness

Vaginal dryness: A taboo topic?

Vaginal dryness is an issue that women have to deal with. Many women talk about it with their gynecologists, doctors, or spouses. However, in contrast, they do not talk about how to deal or treat this issue.

What is Vaginal Dryness?

27% to 55% of women suffer from vaginal dryness. It may be transient and affect women at different times in their life (menopause, after childbirth . . .).

Vaginal lubrication is manifested by more or less transparent flow of discharge lining the walls of the vagina. This lubrication is essential as it is protective. Vaginal dryness occurs when the vaginal wall is not lubricated enough, and this balance of lubrication can be affected and disrupted by hormonal, medication or psychological factors – leading to symptoms such burning, itching and pain during intercourse.

Vaginal dryness can increase the risk of gynecological infection and it can disrupt the harmony of a couple.

What are the Symptoms of Vaginal Dryness?

  • Itching or stinging around the vaginal opening, and lower part of the vagina
  • Burning sensation or soreness
  • Pain or light bleeding with intercourse
  • Recurrent urinary tract infections
  • Urinary frequency or urgency, which may be a sign of urinary tract infection. If symptoms persist, please seek medical advice.

What are the Causes of Vaginal Dryness?

The causes are varied, but there are basically four reasons:

  1. The hormonal causes which may be due to:
    • Reduced estrogen levels during menopause.
    • Hormonal changes occurring during the life of a woman (pregnancy, lactation . . .)
  2. Infectious causes, such as fungi, may be the cause of vaginal dryness.
  3. An unhealthy lifestyle may contribute to an increased risk of vaginal dryness. Alcohol consumption, smoking, stress, fatigue, play a major role.
  4. Excessive douching may lead to excessive vaginal dryness.

What are the Solutions?

It is important to reduce stress and restore a healthy lifestyle by balancing your diet, playing sports regularly, and stopping or reducing smoking and alcohol consumption.

With regard to personal hygiene, it is advisable to use a mild soap with a neutral pH in order to preserve the balance of vaginal flora.

Do not hesitate to use moisturizing gels and seek advice from your doctor, if the above suggestions do not help relieve vaginal dryness.

Sérélys® Vaginal Gel moisturizes and lubricates while respecting the vaginal flora with its pH 4.5.

Sérélys® Vaginal Gel is free of hormones and preservatives (paraben free).

Sérélys® Vaginal Gel is used as a single dose every three days for vaginal dryness and a single dose before each act of sexual intercourse as a lubricant.

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