Why is my vagina so dry?
When estrogen levels drop during perimenopause and after menopause, so do moisture levels in the skin — including the skin of your vulva (that’s the area outside your vagina). When skin is dry, it can become sensitive or even irritated. And when your vagina is dry, that can mean more than dryness. Many women experience itchiness, burning, and pain on a regular basis.
If you’ve got this issue, there’s a pretty good chance that your friends do, too — even if they aren’t talking about it. Vaginal dryness isn’t strictly a “menopause thing.” It impacts 1 in 5 women and can be triggered by eczema, psoriasis, or another vaginal sensitivity. Speak with your doctor if you’re experiencing persistent vaginal dryness and irritation to determine the cause.
Easy fixes to help relieve vulvar and vaginal dryness
Invest in a high-quality vaginal moisturizer
Look for ingredients like hyaluronic acid, which retains moisture, and vitamin E, which has antioxidant properties.
Avoid dyes and scents
The dyes and scents in wipes, detergents, and feminine wash can irritate sensitive vulvar skin.
Skip the soap
Soap can be harsh on intimate and mature skin, so use clean water only when you wash the inner parts of your vulva.