Feeling itching and burning down there can be extremely uncomfortable. This can deprive you of interest in sex and lead to significant problems in the relations.
Your vagina is normally lubricated by special slightly acidic moisture that helps you feel good during intercourse and prevents infection like thrush.
During sex, two Bartholin's glands begin to produce even more vaginal moisture in order to provide perfect lubrication.
Like numerous processes in your body, vaginal moistening is controlled by reproductive hormones, particularly by estrogen.
Lack of this essential hormone makes your private part less elastic and dry. As a result, you may experience discomfort, pain and even bleeding during intercourses. Moreover, insufficient lubrication can boost your risks of getting vaginal thrush and sexually transmitted diseases.
You probably know that levels of sex hormones in women decline gradually in the middle age. When production of estrogen and progesterone becomes dramatically reduced, your ovaries stop to release eggs. This period is called menopause.
Vaginal dryness is a frequent complaint among those, who have reached menopause.
However this problem may occur at any age.
Some women suffer from inappropriate lubrication several years before menopause, when estrogen levels decrease, but don’t cease ovulation. Doctors call this perimenopause. Besides painful sensations in the intimate zone, symptoms of perimenopause may include hot flashes, irregular periods, mood swings and sleeplessness.
Specialists say that menopause is not the only condition, which may be a culprit of the vaginal dryness.
Women, who have already given a birth to a baby and those, who breastfeed, often complain of burning and soreness in the vagina, associated with lack of lubricating fluid.
Regular douching may also lead to unbearably unpleasant feelings down there, because soaps, sprays, lotions and other chemicals can irritate vaginal lining, reducing amount of normal secretions.
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Vaginal dryness may be a side effect of radiation treatment and chemotherapy, performed to treat cancer.
Sometimes it is really necessary to remove the ovaries to treat ovarian cancer, endometriosis, cysts or abscesses. Those, who had this surgical procedure, may notice that their private part has become extremely dry and itchy.
We all know that smoking and exposure to stress can trigger numerous health problems, like heart disease, cancer etc. But only few of us have heard that cigarettes and permanent stress have a close link with reduced vaginal lubrication.
It was also found that your vigorous workouts may also result in inadequate moistening of the intimate zone.
If your intercouses give you pain and discomfort, instead of pleasure, review drugs, you take in. Some of them, like allergy medicines, antidepressants and cold medications, may be responsible for this trouble.
In rare cases vaginal fluid isn't secreted as needed because of autoimmune processes, such as Sjorgen's syndrome. In this disorder, the immune system attacks body's own mucous membranes and glands that normally produce moisture. Women are more likely to have this problem, according to statistics. Even though, exact reasons of autoimmune processes are still unclear, experts say that it's mainly about changes in the genes.
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