Perimenopause Information

Supporting women going through all stages
of perimenopause and onwards.

Vaginal Dryness

During perimenopause, estrogen levels decline. This can cause a number of changes in the vagina, including:

  • Thinning of the vaginal walls
  • Less vaginal lubrication
  • Irritation and inflammation
  • Painful sex

These changes can make it difficult to have sex and can lead to other problems, such as urinary tract infections.

There are a number of things you can do to help manage vaginal dryness during perimenopause. Some of the most helpful things include:

  • Use a vaginal moisturizer – Vaginal moisturizers are available over-the-counter and can help to add moisture to the vagina. They are typically applied with an applicator or finger
  • Use a water-based lubricant during sex – Water-based lubricants are also available over-the-counter and can help to reduce friction during sex. They are typically applied to the penis or vagina before sex.
  • Estrogen Therapy – Estrogen therapy can help to increase the amount of estrogen in the vagina, which can help to relieve vaginal dryness. Estrogen therapy is available in a variety of forms, including creams, pills, and rings.
  • Avoid Irritants – There are a number of things that can irritate the vagina and make it dry, such as scented soaps, douches, and bubble baths. It is important to avoid these irritants if you are experiencing vaginal dryness.
  • Wear cotton underwear – Cotton is a breathable fabric that allows air to circulate, which can help to keep the vagina cool and dry. This is important during perimenopause, when estrogen levels decline and can lead to vaginal dryness. It is also less likely to irritate the vagina than other fabrics, such as synthetic fabrics. Synthetic fabrics can trap moisture, which can lead to yeast infections and other infections.
  • Avoid tight clothing
  • Drink plenty of fluids
  • Eat a healthy diet
  • Get regular exercise
  • Talk to your doctor

If you are experiencing vaginal dryness, talk to your doctor. They can help you to understand the cause of the dryness and recommend treatment options if needed.

There are a number of over-the-counter and prescription treatments available for vaginal dryness. Over-the-counter treatments include vaginal moisturizers and lubricants. Prescription treatments include vaginal estrogen creams, rings, and tablets.

If you are experiencing vaginal dryness, it is important to get treatment. Treatment can help to relieve the symptoms of vaginal dryness and improve your quality of life.