Vaginal dryness can be one of the most annoying consequences of menopause: contacting the gynecologist without fear is important because he can certainly help you with a specific visit. In fact, dryness could be a symptom-spy of AVV and in this case early diagnosis is essential.
Vaginal dryness is one of the most common annoyances associated with menopause . It is quite common among women over the age of 50 because it is a consequence of physiological hormonal changes related to the end of the fertile age.
Often women do not pay much attention to this disorder because it is often accompanied by rather general intimate discomfort, such as burning and itching , which tend to be attributed superficially to various causes: decreased desire, infections, delicacy of the genital system.
The vaginal dryness in menopausal , however, it could be something more than a physiological disorder: it is in fact one of the disorders most frequently associated with the ‘ Atrophy vulvo Vaginal , a chronic condition and progressive linked to menopause , which is, however, possible to treat successfully if detected in time. For this reason it is essential to report your feeling of dryness to the gynecologist .
Because vaginal dryness is a very frequent annoyance in menopause
When the body prepares for menopause, the hormonal balance changes because the production of hormones, in particular estrogen, decreases little by little. This new hormonal structure affects, among other things, the natural lubrication of the vaginal tissues , the ability to self-hydrate and thus a condition of vaginal dryness can occur .
For this reason we say that vaginal dryness is physiological : it decreases the production of viscous fluids that the vagina normally secretes when the hormones are at constant levels, as in the fertile age. This is the natural consequence of less lubrication of the vaginal walls becoming drier. The fact that a mucous membrane is drier can lead to less elasticity and greater fragility . Think about when you are at the dentist and keep your mouth open for a long time with the aspirator in action: the mucous membranes of the mouth become dry, sometimes even painful, and it is easier for the lips to injure. The same can happen to the vaginal mucous membranes.
What are the consequences of vaginal dryness in menopause
We have said that due to the reduced ability to self-hydrate the vaginal walls become less elastic and more fragile: due to this condition there could be consequences on the couple’s relationship.
It can happen, in fact, to feel pain during intimate intercourse and / or to have small blood losses immediately after (they can be a consequence of frailty).
These “side effects” of dryness can cause moments of embarrassment in front of the partner .
When vaginal dryness can be a wake-up call for the AVV
The first time it can be a single episode of itching and burning, which you can tend to underestimate and to attribute in a generic and superficial way to some infection caught who knows how. Then the burning can become more persistent and the itching can become persistent. Until finally convincing you that it’s time to make an appointment with the gynecologist.
It is better not to delay in the face of these disorders : whether or not it is an infection, which in menopause can be a recurring situation , it is always good to report the problems related to dryness to the gynecologist. Only the specialist, in fact, can ascertain the exact nature and identify suitable treatments to solve them.
As we have said, there is also the possibility that dryness, itching and burning, especially if accompanied by blood loss , are the symptoms of Vulvo Vaginal Atrophy .
Vulvo Vaginal Atrophy (also called atrophic vaginitis) is a chronic and progressive pathological condition: it means that, if not properly treated, it tends to worsen over time and become chronic. In this sense , early diagnosis is fundamental and is in your hands: only by properly informing the gynecologist of your sensations is it possible to have a precise idea of what is happening.
The visit to the gynecologist is therefore the only remedy to ascertain whether vaginal dryness is of a passing thing or if it is attributable to Vulvo Vaginal Atrophy.
In both cases, there is a lot that can be done with specific treatments to solve this problem and keep under control the inconveniences it brings in your daily life and in your intimate life. However, only the gynecologist, after evaluating your specific situation, can identify a specific treatment that is suitable for you.