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Women’s sexuality can sometimes be affected by difficulties such as vaginal dryness. Let’s talk about an all too often taboo subject.
Whether you’re a man or a woman, sexuality should be a source of enjoyment, fulfillment and an opportunity to experience satisfying intimacy. For some women affected by a vaginal health problem, intercourse may be more difficult.
Symbolically speaking, the vagina can be depicted as an ecosystem. It is a dynamic system with a tenuous balance. This ecosystem consists of various micro-organisms (especially fungus and bacteria that are non-harmful initially) which coexist in perfect harmony. To maintain this harmony, the vagina must be well-hydrated and have appropriate pH levels.
Therefore, the surface of the vaginal mucosa consists of what we might call a fragile biofilm. When it is damaged, women may experience certain problems such as vaginal dryness, vaginal atrophy and sometimes even the presence of lesions and fissures.
Vaginal dryness can manifest itself at different times in a woman’s life and can be explained by the presence of various factors, such as:
During menopause, it is estimated that upwards of 50% of women will experience vaginal dryness. This problem ranks second in terms of the most common symptoms after hot flashes. It occurs because there is a decrease in hormonal production (oestrogen) prior to or following menopause. In addition to drying out, the vaginal mucosa becomes thinner—this is called vaginal atrophy.
Vaginal dryness and vaginal atrophy may cause various symptoms, such as:
Additionally, suffering from these symptoms may lead to complications or other difficulties, such as:
To offset vaginal dryness or vaginal atrophy, it is necessary to first understand their causes. You can then try to eliminate them whenever possible, but this isn’t always the case. Preventive measures or treatments can greatly vary. Here are a few:
Don’t hesitate to speak to your pharmacist if you have any questions related to women’s health.
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