Many medications can lead to vaginal dryness. This ranges from ‘harmless’ birth control pills and antihistamines through to much more serious cancer treatments.
Vaginal Dryness & Hormonal Birth Control
Many women don’t realise that something as common as hormonal birth control can cause vaginal dryness. In fact, women using The Pill are 25% more likely to have vaginal dryness. The Pill is the biggest culprit, but rings, coils and patches can cause problems too. The reason for their negative impact is the fact that they manipulate your body, mimicking the second half of your menstrual cycle, which is a high-progesterone-low-oestrogen state. However, when you ovulate you produce the most oestrogen, and therefore hormonal contraception basically gets rid of the wet part of a natural cycle.
Not every woman experiences negative effects, but if you do, it’s important to consider other birth control options. You might want to find out about chemical-free fertility awareness and the Sympto-Thermal Method which, if applied correctly, is as safe as condoms. To alleviate symptoms immediately, try using YES WB Water-Based Lubricant.
If you are one of many women who are regularly taking medication, this could be the very reason for your vaginal dryness. Known ‘culprits’ are anti-depressants, anticholinergic drugs (which treat overactive bladder or excessive sweating), ulcer and high blood pressure drugs, and even something as basic as allergy meds and antihistamines like Benadryl. The latter can dry out the body’s mucous membranes, thus causing dryness in the vaginal wall.
Anti-depressants such as SSRIs (selective serotonin re-uptake inhibitors) are associated with most forms of sexual dysfunction. SSRIs inhibit the main mediator of sexual arousal response, which leads to vaginal dryness, diminished genital sensation and difficulty achieving orgasm.
The long-term solution thus has to be to find natural substitutes for these meds wherever possible and addressing health problems in a holistic fashion. For immediate dryness relief, YES WB Water-Based Lubricant will alleviate symptoms.
Cancer Treatments Leading to Vaginal Dryness
Women undergoing chemotherapy experience generalised dryness, which also affects vaginal tissue. Cancer medication such as tamoxifen are designed to interfere with the aromatisation of androgens to oestrogens which may produce vaginal dryness. Besides, most breast cancer patients who have undergone mastectomy are prescribed oestrogen containment pills for 5+ years after the procedure. The resulting lowered oestrogen levels cause vaginal dryness.
It is important to note that oestrogen is not inherently dangerous. However, some cancers seem to have receptors for specific hormones which then act as growth promotants.
When it comes to using vaginal lubricants to alleviate dryness, many brands are preserved with methylparaben. This chemical is an oestrogen mimic. Therefore women with oestrogen receptor-positive cancers have to avoid it.
YES, however, is based on a pure, organic formula which does not contain oestrogen/mimics. It is therefore uniquely suitable for women recovering from cancer. In fact, breast cancer nurses and oncologists are happy to recommend YES to their patients, confident that YES offers dryness relief without compromising recovery or challenging patients’ immune systems. YES WB Water-Based Lube is known to nurture precious and sometimes traumatised intimate tissue due to its dual function of deep re-hydration and outstanding lubrication. It also restores the typical vaginal pH to protect your body from opportunistic infections like thrush.