The birth of a child is one of the most significant events in a woman’s life. During the course of the pregnancy a woman’s body goes through profound changes. Now that the baby is born women will continue to experience things that are new and different, intimacy and sexual intercourse are two of these things. Vaginal dryness after pregnancy is a common and natural condition. Many women find that this vaginal dryness makes sex uncomfortable or even painful. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to ease the discomfort from vaginal dryness.
Why does vaginal dryness occur after pregnancy?
The issue of vaginal dryness is often only discussed in the context of menopause. But hormone levels also fluctuate after giving birth. After pregnancy, a woman’s body returns to its “non-pregnant” state, causing oestrogen levels to drop. The body first has to bring itself back into a state of balance. When breastfeeding, the release of the hormone prolactin also increases, further influencing oestrogen levels. In the female body, oestrogen is responsible for regularly regenerating the tissue of the vagina, maintaining blood flow, and also the regulation of moisture levels. The vagina should always be protected by a thin layer of transparent moisturising fluid. When the oestrogen levels are reduced these processes are also reduced, resulting in the tissue of the vagina becoming thinner, less elastic and significantly more sensitive.
What symptoms do many women experience in this situation?
Women describe symptoms such as an itching or burning sensation and an uncomfortable dryness in the genital area. The moisture released by the vagina prevents friction during intercourse from causing pain, however women who suffer from vaginal dryness after pregnancy are not limited to pain during intercourse, daily activities such as walking or exercising can also cause pain or discomfort. The vagina becomes more susceptible to both vaginal infection and urinary tract infection.
Of course, many new mothers are initially a little overwhelmed by their new priorities: the responsibilities, developments and needs of the baby. But that doesn’t mean that women have to put up with the symptoms of vaginal dryness. Help is at hand.
Personal lubricants help combat vaginal dryness after pregnancy
Although many people only associate personal lubricants with intercourse, the purpose of using a lubricant is to reduce friction. Personal lubricants can also help in other situations, such as everyday activities. If fluid levels are not in balance, lubricants can be used to add moisture to dry mucosa and reduce the discomfort caused by vaginal dryness after pregnancy.
pjur med personal lubricants are high-quality products that help to relieve vaginal dryness. You can choose from silicone-based and water-based personal lubricants.
Silicone-based personal lubricants, such as pjur med PREMIUM glide or pjur med SOFT glide, are free from preservatives, dermatologically tested and ensure a long-lasting lubricating effect – even for highly sensitive genital mucosa. pjur med personal lubricants are suitable for daily use and can be used to reduce the symptoms associated with vaginal dryness during intercourse or in other situations.
There is also a selection of water-based personal lubricants: pjur med SENSITIVE glide, pjur med REPAIR glide and pjur med NATURAL glide. They have a gentle, long-lasting lubricating effect and are suitable for any skin type. For new mothers or women with highly sensitive mucosa, we recommend using pjur med SENSITIVE glide, which is free from preservatives, glycerine and parabens. Water-based personal lubricants are also suitable for daily use.
Personal lubricants are one of the easiest ways to relieve the symptoms of vaginal dryness after pregnancy; and bridging the gap in the time it takes for the body to regulate hormone levels (generally three to six months).
If vaginal dryness continues to persist beyond this time, we advise you to seek medical advice as there are other causes which may require treatment. As a general rule: always consult a doctor if you experience any symptoms, although personal lubricants can reduce discomfort, the cause remains. Please consult a doctor for assistance.