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Are moisturisers beneficial to treat vaginal dryness? Let’s weigh in!

Published on:17 October 2021, 18:00pm IST
Vaginal dryness is a common occurrence after a certain age, but there could be many other reasons. So, should you use a vaginal moisturiser to tackle it?
Geetika Sachdev
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Beware before using moisturisers to treat vaginal dryness. Image courtesy: Shutterstock

Dryness can strike anytime and wreak havoc on your skin. It’s quite common with a change in season, but what if your vagina suffers? Oh yes, the walls of the vagina stay lubricated with a thin layer of clear fluid, all because of the hormone estrogen that keeps the lining healthy and thick. But with age (mostly), your vagina can get dry and flaky (sometimes, itchy too), and you keep wondering if you have caught an STI. And vaginal dryness can really impact your sex life. 

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Is your vagina itchy? Image courtesy: Shutterstock

Here’s the burning question: should you use a moisturiser down there? But before we get to this, let’s quickly go through some of the common causes. 

What are the causes of vaginal dryness?

It is a common symptom of menopause, which means 1 out of every 3 women goes through this. Plus, because of a drop in the levels of estrogen, your vagina becomes thinner and less elastic. This is also called vaginal atrophy. But there are many other reasons: 

  • Childbirth and breastfeeding
  • Radiation or chemotherapy for cancer
  • Removal of ovaries
  • Anti-estrogen medications that are used to treat uterine fibroids
  • Autoimmune disorders 
  • Allergy and cold medications
  • Antidepressants 
  • Douching
  • Lack of foreplay before sex 

Is it a good idea to use a vaginal moisturiser?

Do not buy moisturisers that are laden with chemicals, because your skin in the vaginal region is too sensitive, and it can cause more irritation. As you already know, artificial fragrances and additives really do not go well with your vagina. Instead, use a mild soap and water, and that’s enough to moisturise the area, “ says Prerna Kumar, a Delhi-based gynecologist.

Once you rinse your vagina, make sure to pat it dry with a towel, and let it air dry. 

But what about chronic dryness? In that case, it’s an indicator that something within your body needs attention. Temporary environmental factors do not really cause prolonged symptoms. It’s quite likely that you are dehydrated, and also not consuming healthy foods that are high in water content. 

Also Read: Dealing with a dry vagina? Here are 3 major reasons why it happens, and how to deal with it

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Eat fruits and veggies to keep your vagina in good health! Image courtesy: Shutterstock

When you eat a range of fruits and veggies, the vaginal area will be less prone to dryness and stay lubricated. 

You can also add a few drops of extra virgin coconut oil to the water, and soak your vagina in for about 20 minutes, three to four times a week. 

Are there any other ways to increase vaginal moisture?

Lack of vaginal moisture is mostly caused by hormone fluctuations, in cases like breastfeeding or menopause/perimenopause. If the dryness is bothering you, make sure to see a doctor soon, so that he/she can also check for vaginal infections or UTI.

Geetika Sachdev Geetika Sachdev

An independent writer and journalist, Geetika loves sharp and fresh humour, just like her coffee! If not writing, you'll find her cafe-hopping and raiding the best book stores in town.