Vaginal dryness can affect any woman, however after the menopause it is very common, affecting over half of post-menopausal women aged between 51 and This article will help you to understand vaginal dryness, the symptoms, causes and treatment, and allow you to approach your GP with confidence. It will help you to understand that you are not alone in suffering from this common condition, and encourage you to take the first steps towards regaining your sexual confidence and quality of life. Natural lubrication produced by glands at the neck of the womb the cervix keeps the vagina supple and moist. The moisture moves slowly down through the vagina, keeping it clean and removing dead cells.
Vulva is the general name given to the external parts of the female genitals. All women have vaginal discharge or secretions which help to keep the vulva and vagina moist and remove bacteria and dead cells. If your vulva feels irritated, however, it is important to seek advice from your doctor as to what might be causing the irritation. There are many treatments available for vulva and vaginal irritation. Each woman's vulva is unique in size and appearance including differences between the right and left labia. There is also variation in the size, shape and length.
What Causes an Irritated Vulva and How’s It Treated?
A thin layer of moisture coats the walls of the vagina. This moisture provides an alkaline environment that sperm can survive in and travel in for sexual reproduction. These vaginal secretions also lubricate the vaginal wall, reducing friction during sexual intercourse.
Irritation usually refers to pain, itching, or swelling in the vaginal area. It can affect any part of your vulva, including your labia , clitoris , urethra, and vaginal opening. Folliculitis occurs when one or more hair follicles are inflamed or infected. It can happen anywhere that hair grows. Razor burn, ingrown hairs, and other forms of folliculitis typically go away without treatment.