Question: My friend, who is 55, complains that her vagina is very dry, and that she is unable to have sex with her husband.
Our Answer: Vaginal dryness refers to a lack of moisture of the skin in the vulva and vagina. It usually results from an oestrogen deficiency, which causes thinning, shrinking of the tissues of the vagina and decreased lubrication.
However, it is a natural condition and can affect all women over the age of 18. Factors that may lead to oestrogen deficiency are pregnancy, childbirth, nursing, hysterectomy and use of fertility drugs. If you have had a hysterectomy that also removed the cervix then this can cause added complications as the glands which provide lubrication have also been removed.
Emotional stress, rigorous exercise and fatigue can also cause vaginal dryness. About 10 to 40 per cent of women who’ve reached menopause suffer from vaginal dryness due to lower oestrogen levels. The healthy vagina includes a small amount of bacteria and organisms. When the vaginal balance is disrupted by the overgrowth of these bacteria, another protective