Having a vagina is great.
It helps us have earth-shattering orgasms and sometimes (if we want) babies come out of them.
Pretty impressive, if you ask me.
But having a vagina isn't all sunshine and lollipops.
Just ask anyone who has ever experienced vaginal dryness.
Ugh, it is the worst.
Yes, when you're having vaginal dryness there are options to keep you safe and comfortable during sex.
That's literally what lube is for.
But lube should only be a temporary fix.
It can't replace your vagina's natural lubrication.
If you are suffering from vaginal dryness and need some clues as to what could be going on downstairs, I've compiled a list of 5 of the most common causes of vaginal dryness.
Big changes in women's live tend to coincide with big hormonal shifts.
Because nothing is fair.
After childbirth, during breastfeeding and during menopause are just three times in a woman's life when her changing hormones could be causing her vaginal dryness.
Talk to your doctor about ways to manage your lack of moisture and for the love of god use lube during sex.
If you are experiencing vaginal dryness and can't identify the culprit, check out your medicine cabinet first.
Are you taking any drugs with antihistamines in them?
Antihistamines, often found in allergy and cold meds, work by drying out mucus.
So sure, your nose is clear, but your vagina could be suffering.
Look for alternatives to these meds and stay hydrated to prevent more vaginal dryness.
Your vagina is awesome.
It's self-cleaning, it's life giving, it helps you have orgasms, what's not to love?
But it's also very sensitive.
If you are experiencing vaginal dryness it could be because of your laundry detergent, the soap or body wash you are using, or even your toilet paper!
Trying switching to allergy-friendly products and see if that makes a difference.
Anxiety and stress can mess up your entire body.
If you are stressed or anxious it can be difficult for you to become sexually aroused.
If you don't because sexually aroused, vaginal lubrication may not happen.
If your anxiety is causing your vaginal dryness consult a doctor or a therapist.
They may be able to prescribe meds or treatment to help you overcome your anxiety.
5. Arousal issues
Sometimes the most obvious answer is the right one.
If you are experiencing vaginal dryness during sex, it could be as simple as you not being aroused enough.
Try to slow down your sex, and put a focus on foreplay and really making sure you are feeling in the moment.
Dry sex is painful sex, and no one wants that!