What does a woman experience with vaginal dryness?
Itching – Just as itching is a symptom of dry skin, so is it a symptom of vaginal dryness. Itching is a result of tightening in the vaginal area from lack of moisture. It can be very irritable. Pain during sexual intercourse – The vagina becomes extremely dry and fragile without normal mucus production. Therefore, it can no longer take rough penetration. Menopausal women who experience pain during intercourse often have vaginal bleeding or spotting after having sex. Bleeding results from a tear in the vaginal wall from forceful entry. Many women who suffer from vaginal dryness tend to avoid sex as they find it too painful and receive no enjoyment from it. Urinary incontinence and infections – Urinary incontinence (UI) is when the body accidentally leaks urine. The decrease in estrogen levels causes weakness in the vaginal walls, which reduces a woman’s ability to control urine from escaping unwillingly. About 40% or more of menopausal women experience UI. Also, as was previously mentio