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Vaginal dryness

Vaginal dryness is when your vagina is less lubricated than normal. It's often caused by a change in your hormone levels.

Symptoms of vaginal dryness include a sore and itchy vagina, pain during sex and needing to pee more than usual.

You can usually treat vaginal dryness yourself with things like vaginal moisturisers, water-based lubricants, and unperfumed soaps and washes.

Causes for vaginal dryness include changes to your hormone levels and using perfumed soaps or washes on your vagina.

Read more on the NHS website.

Symptoms of vaginal dryness include a sore and itchy vagina, pain during sex and needing to pee more than usual.

Symptoms of vaginal dryness

You may have vaginal dryness if you:

These things may make you feel less like you want to have sex.

Read more on the NHS website.

You can usually treat vaginal dryness yourself with things like vaginal moisturisers, water-based lubricants, and unperfumed soaps and washes.

Self-care

You can try these things before you see a GP. You can get most of them from a pharmacy without a prescription.


Do

  • use water-based lubricants before sex – put these in and around your vagina or on your partner's penis
  • use vaginal moisturisers for vaginal dryness – you can put these inside your vagina to keep it moist
  • use unperfumed soaps and washes around your vagina
  • try to enjoy more foreplay so you feel more aroused during sex

Don't

  • do not use perfumed soaps, washes and any douches in and around your vagina
  • do not put creams or lotions like petroleum jelly inside your vagina as it can cause an infection
  • do not use moisturisers that are not for your vagina

Read more on the NHS website.

Causes for vaginal dryness include changes to your hormone levels and using perfumed soaps or washes on your vagina.

Read more on the NHS website.