Vaginal dryness can cause discomfort during sex, and itching and burning sensations. Some causes of vaginal dryness are:

image 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 will be tested for infections or other conditions and may be asked to undergo a urine test. The good news is that you don't have to live with vaginal dryness. Sexual lubricants can bring back the pleasure.

About Lubricants

Lubricants are substances designed to ease dryness, prevent friction, and make sexual intercourse more comfortable and enjoyable for both partners. There are several products available, including:

  • Aqua Lube
  • AstroGlide
  • K-Y Jelly
  • Liquid Silk
  • Moist Again
  • Surgilube

What They Are Used For

  • To treat vaginal dryness, often associated with:
    • Menopause
    • Post-partum period, due to the hormonal changes following childbirth and breastfeeding
    • Some medications, including leuprolide , danazol , tamoxifen , antihistamines, ulcer medications, antidepressants, blood pressure medications
    • Strenuous exercise
    • Use of oral contraceptives
  • To enhance sexual pleasure
  • To make condom use more enjoyable

How They Work

Lubricants provide moisture to reduce friction during intercourse and can increase sensation and comfort for both partners.

Precautions

Not all lubricants are created equal. Do not use any of the following as lubricants:

  • Petroleum-based products, such as Vaseline, mineral oil, and baby oil can cause the latex in condoms to break down, increasing the risk for sexually transmitted diseases (STD) and pregnancy.
  • Moisture creams and lotions can interfere with the body's pH levels and cause irritation or infection.
  • Food can cause a yeast infection.
  • Industrial lubricants, such as WD-40 are not made for human use, and may be dangerous.