1. Hormonal changes:

Vaginal dryness can be caused by a decrease in estrogen levels, which often occurs during menopause. Estrogen helps maintain the moisture and elasticity of the vaginal tissues, so a drop in estrogen can lead to dryness.

2. Medications:

Certain medications, such as hormonal birth control, antidepressants, and antihistamines, can cause vaginal dryness as a side effect. If you are experiencing dryness and are taking any medications, it is worth discussing this with your healthcare provider.

3. Stress and anxiety:

Psychological factors like stress and anxiety can affect the body’s natural lubrication process. When a person is stressed or anxious, it can impact their hormone levels and blood flow, leading to vaginal dryness.

4. Breastfeeding:

During breastfeeding, the body produces lower levels of estrogen, which can cause vaginal dryness.

5. Certain health conditions:

Conditions such as Sjögren’s syndrome, an autoimmune disorder that affects moisture-producing glands, and certain cancer treatments like radiation therapy and chemotherapy can cause vaginal dryness.

It is important to note that if you are experiencing vaginal dryness and it is causing discomfort or affecting your quality of life, it is recommended to consult with a healthcare provider who can provide personalized advice and treatment options.  The staff of medical professionals at Refined Women’s Wellness’s goal is to support women in their aging journey, and we would be honored to guide you through your gynecologic and aesthetic wellness.  Refined Women’s Wellness’s is an extension of OB-GYN Associates of Marietta.