Hormonal changes that can lead to vaginal dryness typically involve a decrease in estrogen levels. Estrogen plays a crucial role in maintaining vaginal health by promoting the production of vaginal lubrication and maintaining the thickness and elasticity of the vaginal tissues.

Some common hormonal changes that can contribute to vaginal dryness include:

1. Menopause:

During menopause, a woman’s estrogen levels naturally decline, which can result in vaginal dryness and thinning of the vaginal tissues.

2. Perimenopause:

Perimenopause is the transitional phase leading up to menopause, and it is characterized by hormonal fluctuations. These fluctuations can cause irregular periods and changes in estrogen levels, which may lead to vaginal dryness.

3. Breastfeeding:

While breastfeeding, the body produces high levels of the hormone prolactin, which can suppress estrogen production. This hormonal imbalance can lead to vaginal dryness for some women.

4. Certain stages of the menstrual cycle:

Estrogen levels naturally fluctuate throughout the menstrual cycle. Some women may experience vaginal dryness during the low estrogen phase, which typically occurs right before menstruation.

It’s important to note that hormonal changes can affect individuals differently, and not all women will experience vaginal dryness as a result. If you are experiencing vaginal dryness or any other concerning symptoms, it is recommended to consult with a healthcare provider for an accurate diagnosis and appropriate 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.