The dryness cycle
Persistent vaginal dryness can create a vicious cycle of events.
Decreased vaginal moisture causes a dry vaginal environment that may feel itchy, irritated or cause a burning sensation. A dry vagina can cause great discomfort and inhibit sexual arousal and enjoyment, impacting negatively on a woman’s quality of life1.
Pain associated with sex can cause anxiety, which may lead to vasoconstriction causing further vaginal dryness and discomfort2.
And so this cycle of sequential discomfort can become a vicious circle that is difficult to break.
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Fig 1: Psychological issues and vaginal dryness
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Berman LAC and Grow McLean KA. Female Sexual Dysfunction: Effective treatment strategies for all ages. In: Urogynecology in Primary Care. Culligan PJ and Goldberg RP(ed.) Springer Verlag: London. 2007: 106-123.