How is vaginal dryness diagnosed?

Doctors diagnose vaginal dryness based on your medical history and a physical exam. To find the cause, your doctor will ask about your symptoms and any medications you take.

A pelvic exam allows doctors to see if the vaginal tissue is thin and dry due to decreased estrogen. In some cases, a doctor may use a blood test to check hormone levels. Blood tests can also show other medical issues that could be causing vaginal dryness.

How is vaginal dryness managed or treated?

If you’re experiencing vaginal dryness, there are a variety of treatment options available. Treatment for this symptom will depend on the cause. Common treatments for vaginal dryness include:

  • Avoiding strong or perfumed soaps or lotions near the vagina.
  • Using estrogen or non-estrogen oral therapies.
  • Using lubricants and vaginal moisturizers that provide short-term moisture.
  • Using local estrogen or DHEA inserted directly into the vagina for long-term moisture.

There are also natural oils that you can try to help with vaginal dryness. You might try natural oils, such as grape seed, olive, sweet almond, sunflower or coconut. Another thing to try is a longer period of foreplay before intercourse. Vaginal moisture is tied to arousal. Talk to your partner about ways to increase these sensations outside of intercourse.

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