Vaginal Atrophy and Dryness

Vaginal Dryness

There are two times in a woman’s life when the tissues down “there” can become particularly sore and dry.⠀⁠ ⠀⁠ This happens when the tissues have less oestrogen.⠀⁠ ⠀⁠

Vaginal Atrophy and Dryness is common at:⁠

  • ⁠ Menopause⁠ or Perimenopause

  • Postnatally whilst breastfeeding⁠ ⠀⁠

Certain medications may also contribute to dryness such as certain contraceptive pills , antidepressants or cancer treatments such as chemotherapy.


Low levels of oestrogen are caused by the tissues becoming dry, thin and inflamed.⁠ ⠀⁠ This can cause:⁠ ⠀⁠

  • Pain⁠ ⠀⁠

  • Dryness⁠ ⠀⁠

  • Stinging⁠ ⠀⁠

  • Urinary symptoms such as leaking⁠ ⠀⁠

  • Urinary Tract Infections⁠ ⠀⁠

  • Painful sex⁠ ⁠ ⁠

  • It can even cause bleeding.


Please speak up if you have any symptoms to your GP or a health professional with a special interest- but it is always worth trying an organic lubricant or moisturiser which matches vaginal pH and optimal osmolarity. I recommend:

Lubricants and moisturisers

  • Yes ( vaginal moisturise, water based or oil based)

  • Replens

  • Sylk

We always have plenty of samples so do email or message if you would like to try some.


If moisturisers and lubricants do not ease they symptoms the next step is to consider topical estrogen. Creams or pessary's provide a very small amount of estrogen that is absorbed into the skin and will improve the amount of elasticity and natural moisture and can work within a few weeks. Your GP would need to prescribe this type of medication for you and its available in different forms

  • Pessary Tablet

  • Estrogen Cream

  • Estrogen rings

As always get in touch for any more information, and please do go and speak to your GP or a specialist pelvic health physiotherapist to get the best treatment for you.

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