Vaginal dryness is one of several diabetic complications that can affect a woman’s ability to enjoy a fulfilling and pain free sex life. There are several possible causes of persistent vaginal dryness. In general, it is usually associated with lowered production of the estrogen hormone. This is because estrogen controls the production of a thin mucus that lines the inside of the vagina, keeping it moist. Lower levels of estrogen, such as during menopause or if diabetic complications affect hormone production, prevent the formation of this mucus. As a result, the walls of the vagina become thinner, drier, and may be painful or itchy. This particular condition is known as vaginal atrophy.
Another type of vaginal dryness associated with diabetes is related more specifically to sexual intercourse. Since diabetic complications can affect the nerves or blood vessels, or both, a diabetic woman’s body may not respond properly to sexual stimulus. Blood may not be able to reach the vagina as it normally would during arousal, or nerve impulses controlling arousal may not fire properly. In either case, the vagina does not lubricate itself properly, making intercourse a painful and unpleasant experience.
If vaginal dryness is caused by hormone imbalances, there may be hormone treatments, both topical and oral, that your doctor can prescribe. These hormone therapies help to replace some of the estrogen not created by the body, hopefully allowing the natural mucus to return. If that is not an option, or if the vaginal dryness is associated more with a lack of lubrication during arousal, liberal use of over the counter lubricants may be helpful before intercourse. You might also wish to discuss general moisturizing creams with your doctor if the dryness persists after or outside of intercourse.
Be sure to talk openly with your doctor and partner if you experience any persistent vaginal dryness. Your doctor can help you select the best course of treatment, depending on the underlying cause. Speaking openly with your partner can go a long way to help work through frustrations or uncertainties until a solution is found.
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