Vaginal dryness: solutions exist!
More than one in six women report suffering from vaginal dryness. This disorder can have psychological consequences and resonate on the couple, resulting in a decrease in libido. To preserve desire, simple solutions exist.
Sometimes transient, vaginal dryness can affect women at different times in their lives. More common during menopause, it increases vulnerability to gynecological infections and can disrupt the sexual harmony of the couple. A recent survey * by the Louis Harris Institute on behalf of the Polivé laboratories gives an update on these consequences.
Vaginal dryness: often unknown causes
Vaginal dryness is a well-known problem for women. 68% of them had heard of it, mainly by the press (47%) and then by their doctor or gynecologist (22%). Despite this, their origins are less obvious. Overall, hormonal causes are mentioned by both women (54%) and those who are aware of the problem (47%). Among the most cited are menopause, hormonal changes and finally pregnancy. Then, the primary defendants are psychological factors, vaginal infections, stress and medical treatments.
Other causes exist. For example, cigarettes, alcohol or small intimate toilets may affect lubrication.
Private droughts: women talk about it without taboos
Unlike other private problems, women approach the topic fairly quickly. More than 80% spoke around them: the vast majority with their gynecologist or doctor (72%) or to a lesser extent with their spouse (44%). As a sign of better communication among the younger couple, the partner is the confidant in 56% of the under the 40s. His reaction is mostly positive, with 63% saying he has responded well. There are only 5% negative returns.
Vaginal dryness is more quickly mentioned (85% of those who talked about it) than other intimate subjects such as sex (67%), intimate hygiene (64%), STDs (61% ) Or incontinence (54%).
However, contrary to what one might think, to approach the subject does not mean to be treated. The majority are treated or treated (64%), mainly with a lubricant (68%). However, 21% did not consult or were not treated, judging the problem passing or minor.
Vaginal dryness: repercussions on the couple
However, the physical and psychological experience is not insignificant. Thus, 43% of the victims speak of painful experience. The psychological impact is considered severe by 44%.
Two categories of women appear to be more sensitive: suffering is more quickly reported by stressed women (55%) and those under 40 (53%), as are mental effects (reported by 59% and 53% ). A depressive state related to vaginal dryness was even mentioned in 44% of women. 85% reported pain during intercourse, as did decreased sexual activity (83%). As Hélène Jacquemin reminds us, ” it is water that makes life, and that is why the word drought evokes absence, lack, loss. The body is supple, firm and full of life,
For example, 57% of women feel that this disorder has been or is causing severe problems with their couple. Again, those under 40 are more concerned. Among women who do not treat themselves, more than 5% have stopped having sex.
The particular case of postmenopausal women
Menopause is defined as the cessation of ovarian functioning, resulting in an estrogen deficiency that is responsible for well-known clinical signs ( hot flushes, weight gain, skin aging, etc.). For hormonal reasons, menopausal women are the first to be affected by vaginal dryness. They are more likely to have heard of it. Although physical and psychological experience is less burdensome, 80% of respondents believe that vaginal dryness causes pain during intercourse, couple problems (53%), severe stress (39%), a state Depression (26%) or pain during sports (17%).
Today, the sexual life of women over 50 is no longer taboo, and menopausal disorders are less and less accepted with resignation or fatalism. If the decline in sexual desire can sometimes accommodate a hormonal explanation, it is more often the result of several factors. ” We can not talk about sexuality at menopause without talking about the previous sexuality, the richer and fulfilled it will be, the easier it will be to pass the menopause. This event is a pretext, an alibi to escape what they consider an obligation, “says Dr. Jacquemin.
The women of the “pill generation” want to stay “on top” and sexually active.
For fun to survive
If postmenopausal women speak with their doctor (about 80%), they are more reluctant to discuss it with their partner (only 37% compared with 44% for all women). Talking about vaginal dryness can also be a way of recognizing that desire is not dead, that sexuality exists and that help may be needed to feel pleasure again.
(72% versus 64% for all women): 68% with local treatment and 40% with prescription medications (mainly hormone replacement therapies).
Menopause does not mark the end of sexuality. This step does not necessarily lead to loss of desire. Some women may appear more liberated, from the worry of pregnancy but also from their role as mother, the children have left the marital home. Having more time for the couple, some will experience a renewed sexual envy. So do not let your desire take water because of vaginal dryness.