The lubrication of your vagina is influenced heavily by your estrogen level which is why vaginal dryness is a common occurrence with women going through and past menopause. However, if you are experiencing feminine dryness, this does NOT mean menopause is upon you. There are a number of external factors that can cause a decrease in lubrication. Read on for more information about some of the most common causes.
Childbirth & Breastfeeding
Throughout pregnancy and post-partum, a woman’s hormones can be wildly erratic. This is due in part to the fact that childbirth and breastfeeding increase the production of prolactin, the hormone needed for milk production. The increased prolactin levels cause a decrease in estrogen levels and decreased estrogen levels lead to vaginal dryness.
Some women experience vaginal dryness when they are taking hormonal contraception, regardless of whether it is for birth control or treatment of reproductive system conditions. “The pill” is a controlled lowering of your estrogen level, and this lowered level can cause feminine dryness.
Other medications that can contribute to vaginal dryness are cold medicines and antihistamines. Although these medicines have nothing to do with your estrogen levels, it makes sense when you think about it. You take cold medicine and antihistamines to keep your sinuses and eyes dry, so that means all mucous membranes in the body will be affected and be dry, including your vagina.
Along the same lines as the cold medications, general dehydration will affect the lubrication of your vagina just as it does the rest of your body. Make sure you are drinking an adequate amount of water, and also maintain your electrolytes with sports drinks. For even better overall moisture retention, take a daily supplement of sea buckthorn berry like the one available from Restore Femininity.
Your estrogen levels are lower during your period already, so vaginal dryness is more likely to occur. Just by doing its job and absorbing your menstrual blood, a tampon can also draw in your vaginal fluids. This cause is temporary, and your feminine dryness should go away within about 12-24 hours of ending tampon use.
Anxiety & Stress
We have all felt the effect of anxiety and stress on our bodies, and our hormone levels are not immune to it either. In some women, high daily stress can raise estrogen levels, in others, it lowers it. An article in Adaptive Human Behavior and Physiology shared results of a study that found that women of any age who experience high-stress situations may have a lowered estradiol level.
Thankfully, supplements with sea buckthorn berry can provide over 190 bionutrients to combat feminine dryness. If you have questions or concerns regarding vaginal dryness or would like to learn more, contact us today.