Sexual Lubricants: Relieving Vaginal Dryness
Vaginal dryness can cause discomfort during sex, and itching and burning sensations. Some causes of vaginal dryness are:
Your doctor may choose to do a pelvic exam to make sure that no other conditions are responsible for your vaginal dryness. During the exam you may be tested for infections or other conditions and may be asked to undergo a urine test. The good news is that you do not have to live with vaginal dryness. Sexual lubricants can bring back the pleasure.
Lubricants are substances designed to ease dryness, prevent friction, and make sexual intercourse more comfortable and enjoyable for both partners. There are many over-the-counter products available including:
What They Are Used For
How They Work
Lubricants provide moisture to reduce friction during intercourse and can increase sensation and comfort for both partners.
Not all lubricants are created equal. Do not use any of the following as lubricants:
American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
OBGYN.net: The Universe of Women's Health
The Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada
Women's Health Matters
Vaginal dryness. Mayo Clinic website. Available at: http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/vaginal-dryness/DS00550. Updated July 1, 2010. Accessed December 6, 2011.
Last reviewed December 2011 by Brian Randall, MD