A healthy vagina self-lubricates as an essential part of sexual arousal and vaginal hygiene. Some women experience a lack of lubrication called vaginal dryness.
The vagina normally produces a colorless, transparent substance upon arousal. This not only makes sexual intercourse possible, but also helps create pleasant sensations. If there is no natural lubricant, sexual intercourse can be unpleasant or even painful.
Problems with lubrication during intercourse may be due to a lack of physical arousal—something that requires adequate stimulation. Mutual openness and honesty in communication is necessary to figure out what works for each individual.
If you have no issues with intimacy or communicating with your partner but are still experiencing problems with natural lubrication, there might be a different issue.
Vaginal dryness can be caused by overzealous intimate hygiene. Washing too frequently or using inadequate products can disrupt the delicate balance within. The misuse of female hygiene products can also have this effect, as can intimate hair removal, wearing tight or “non-breathing” clothing, and low estrogen levels (e.g. during menopause).
There are a number of methods for preventing and treating vaginal dryness, such as using lubricants and adequate hygiene products, switching to undergarments that allow airflow, and adding fatty acids to your diet. Consult your doctor about recommended supplements and medication.
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