Help for Intimacy Issues Caused by a Dry, Itchy Vagina

Does itching “down there” put a damper on your love life? Actually, a dry, itchy vagina is quite common, and several different issues can cause it. 

Because the itch and dryness can be linked to anything from hormonal imbalances to STDs, it’s important to speak with us about it by scheduling an appointment. Only when we know the source of the issue can we begin to successfully treat it

But in the meantime, what can you do about a dry, itchy vagina that interferes with intercourse? We have some solutions for that too, and we’ll review them as well as explore the most common causes of vaginal itching and dryness. 

Help For Intimacy Issues Caused by a Dry, Itchy Vagina

When you experience itching and dryness, sex can become uncomfortable or even painfulAs a result, not only are you unable to achieve insufficient lubrication, but you may have reduced libido (sex drive) as well. 

How Do You Relieve Dryness “Down There?”

We recognize that your sex life is an important part of your overall health, and we’d like to provide some solutions to help you feel more comfortable in the bedroom. We recommend:

Using water-based lubricants to alleviate your dryness
Controlling medical conditions like diabetes that may be contributing to your vaginal issues
Taking hormone replacement therapy---while this may not be the right choice for everyone, it can eliminate dryness
Speaking with your partner—let them know if you’re uncomfortable. Honest, open communication is a key element of intimacy.
Engaging in foreplay
Scheduling an appointment with us to rule out any underlying medical issues

Why Am I So Dry and Itchy Down There?

As we mentioned earlier, there are several causes of itchiness and dryness. A few of them include:

  • Decrease in estrogen
  • Certain types of birth control 
  • Cancer treatments
  • Diabetes
  • Medications
    • Anti-estrogen medications that treat fibroids, endometriosis or other conditions
    • Some antidepressants
    • Cold and allergy medications
  • Removal of your ovaries
  • Smoking
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  • Dermatologic issues like eczema and psoriasis
  • Sjögren syndrome, an autoimmune disorder
  • Thyroid disorders
  • Insufficient arousal before sex
  • Certain perfumes, sprays, and washes used around your vagina
  • Certain STDs 
    • It’s vital to be tested for an STD because if they are not treated promptly, they can lead to more serious health issues.

Why Am I Dry Down There All of a Sudden?

As we mentioned above, there are several reasons why you can have a dry vagina. We want you to know that you don’t have to live with it—we offer solutions that we can tailor to your specific needs. We can also provide information to help you avoid discomfort during intercourse due to vaginal dryness.

What Does it Mean When Your Vagina Starts to Itch, Swell, and Dry?

If you have swelling in addition to a dry, itchy vagina, we want you to schedule an appointment because there are simply too many possible causes. We will need to examine you to ensure an accurate diagnosis. 

One condition that can cause swollen, sore, or cracked vaginal skin is vaginitis. This condition has other symptoms, such as painful urination, spotting, and a change in your vaginal discharge.

You could also have vulvitis, an irritation of the vulva. But it’s impossible to make a diagnosis without an exam.

Is Vaginal Dryness a Symptom of a Yeast Infection?

Yes, it could be a sign of a yeast infection. Remember that a yeast infection is also accompanied by itching, burning, and a discharge that looks like cottage cheese. A simple test can help us determine if a yeast infection is the cause of your problems. 

You Don’t Have to Put Up With a Dry, Itchy Vagina. Seek Chapel Hill OBGYN to Find Relief

With comprehensive health services including obstetrics, gynecology, and wellness, Chapel Hill OBGYN offers the personalized attention of private practices combined with the resources of larger medical groups. We’re dedicated to meeting the healthcare needs of patients in all stages of their lives. 

Because vaginal itchiness and dryness can be caused by factors ranging from hormonal imbalances to STDs, we encourage you to get started by scheduling an appointment with us today.