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Low estrogen can lead to vaginal dryness. Common reasons include menopause, childbirth, breastfeeding, and some hormonal medicines. Nerve damage from diabetes may also cause it. Sex and peeing can be really painful, especially if you have burning and itching. Research has shown that 1,25-dihydroxyvitamin D, sea buckthorn oil, or black cohosh may improve symptoms, but check with your doctor before taking these remedies.
Lube helps overcome several challenges in the bedroom such as chronic vaginal dryness or delayed physical arousal. It also allows for more experimentation. For example, oral sex can be fun for both participants with flavored lube. It can help prevent STIs and STDs from spreading. It also reduces the likelihood of condoms breaking. Lube during anal sex is a must for safety, ease, and comfort.
Clomid, or clomiphene citrate, is a fertility drug that works by blocking estrogen receptors, which tricks the body into thinking there’s not enough. The pituitary gland responds by releasing hormones that promote ovulation. Possible side effects include vaginal dryness, vision problems, abnormal menstrual bleeding, headaches, weight changes, dry hair, dermatitis, and depression. Risks, which may not be irreversible, include a higher chance of ovarian cancer or cysts.
In endometriosis, the tissue that behaves like the lining of the womb is found in other body parts. Large cysts that may get ruptured during or after sex can cause pain. Other conditions causing painful sex include tumors in the walls of the uterus called fibroids, cervicitis – swelling of the cervix due to an infection from sexual activity, vaginal dryness, vaginismus (involuntary vaginal tightening), pelvic inflammatory disease, and vulvodynia (chronic pain in the vulva).
Vaginal itching and burning can be caused by an overgrowth of bacteria or yeast, a parasitic attack, or dryness of vaginal tissues due to a drop in estrogen. Yogurt, garlic, tea tree oil, boric acid, myrrh, and goldenseal have beneficial properties that can be useful in treating infections. You can also have soy, flax seeds, or licorice tea, use ashwagandha, or apply coconut or almond oil to tackle vaginal dryness.
Menopause can be tough on women both physically and mentally. Some of the symptoms can start appearing as early as 35 years. Among hormonal changes, the most common symptom is experiencing hot flashes.
Questions about our vaginas can be embarrassing, making it hard to bring them up with even close friends or partners. Doctors, however, have seen...