Symptoms in Detail
A common female complaint
Vaginal dryness often appears in perimenopause, menopause and beyond.
What is vaginal dryness?
As women enter menopause many will notice that different areas of their skin become drier. The problem affects both the obvious areas of legs, arms, torso and face and the not so obvious vaginal area.
Menopausal vaginal dryness also encompasses vaginal itching, irritation, pain from urination and pain or bleeding during sexual intercourse.
Vaginal dryness and menopause
Vaginal dryness can be triggered by the hormone imbalances that start in perimenopause.
In premenopausal women the lining of the vagina stays lubricated with a thin layer of clear fluid, and estrogen keeps the lining of the vagina healthy, thick and elastic. When estrogen levels fall during menopause the amount of moisture reduces and the vagina becomes thinner and less elastic.