The Ulitmate Guide to Vaginal Dryness

The Ulitmate Guide to Vaginal Dryness

Introducing our new series: Ask Lady K 💋! In this series, Lady K will answer all of your burning questions about intimacy. This week, we’re talking vaginal dryness. 

 A lack of lubrication is an extremely common occurrence that many women experience at some point in their lives. Vaginal dryness refers to a lack of natural lubrication in the vaginal canal. This can lead to discomfort, irritation, and pain during sexual activity, making intimacy less enjoyable. It can occur for many reasons, such as:

Hormonal Changes: Fluctuations in hormone levels, particularly estrogen, can affect vaginal lubrication. This commonly occurs during menopause, breastfeeding, or certain phases of the menstrual cycle.

Medications: There are over 300 medications that can cause vaginal dryness. Medications, such as certain types of birth control pills, antidepressants, and antihistamines, can interfere with vaginal moisture levels. Yes, this means that even your allergy medication can cause vaginal dryness.

Medical Conditions: Health issues like vaginal atrophy and certain autoimmune disorders can cause vaginal dryness.

Emotional Factors: Stress, anxiety, and relationship issues can majorly impact sexual arousal and lubrication. This is a significant factor that we feel is often not talked about enough.

Luckily, there are a ton of options to help alleviate any discomfort that may come from any vaginal dryness. 

One of those options is using a really good lube! Lubricants, commonly known as lube, are designed to reduce friction and enhance comfort during sexual activity. They come in various forms:

Water-Based Lubricants: These are compatible with most condoms and sex toys, easy to clean up, and suitable for individuals with sensitive skin. Our favorite and top-selling water-based lubricant is Sutil. It’s silky, slippery, and one of the least sticky water-based lubricants that we’ve tried. Plus, it’s plant-based, vegan, and has none of the stuff you don’t want in a lubricant (i.e. paraben & propyl glycol-free).

Oil-Based Lubricants: While oil-based lubricants can be long-lasting and moisturizing, they are not compatible with latex condoms and can increase the risk of condom breakage. Our favorite is the Ananda Bliss. It has a proprietary herbal blend (wink wink) that enhances sensation, increases blood flow, and can even help alleviate pain. Just a word of caution it does contain almond oil, so it may not be suitable for those with almond/nut allergies.

Silicone-Based Lubricants (Our personal favorite for treating vaginal dryness!): These offer longer-lasting lubrication and are ideal for water-based sexual activities, such as shower sex. However, they may not be compatible with silicone sex toys. Our best-selling silicone lubricant is Uber Lube. It is one of the finest and purest silicone lubes on the market. It’s also bio-static and doesn’t harbor any bacteria. This lube will be your best friend if you happen to be engaging in marathon sex.

In addition to using lubricants, there are several other ways to relieve vaginal dryness and improve overall vaginal health, such as:

Staying Hydrated: Drinking plenty of water can help maintain overall hydration levels in the body, including vaginal tissues. Aim to drink at least eight glasses of water per day to support vaginal moisture.

Avoid Irritants: Certain products, such as scented soaps, douches, and perfumed feminine hygiene products, can disrupt the natural pH balance of the vagina and contribute to dryness and irritation.

Try Vaginal Moisturizers: Unlike lubricants, which provide temporary lubrication during sexual activity, vaginal moisturizers are designed to hydrate and replenish the vaginal tissues over time. These products can be applied regularly to maintain vaginal moisture and elasticity.

Practice Kegel Exercises: Kegel exercises, which involve contracting and relaxing the pelvic floor muscles, can help improve blood flow to the genital area. Stronger pelvic floor muscles can enhance arousal and lubrication during sexual activity.

Prioritize Foreplay: Engaging in extended foreplay before intercourse can help stimulate natural lubrication and enhance arousal. Taking time to relax, communicate with your partner, and focus on mutual pleasure can improve sexual satisfaction and reduce discomfort associated with vaginal dryness.

Above all, remember that vaginal dryness is a common issue that can affect women of all ages, but it doesn't have to be a barrier to enjoying a fulfilling sex life.