Vaginal dryness may be accompanied by signs and symptoms such as:

  • Itching or stinging around the vaginal opening and the lower part of the vagina
  • Burning
  • Soreness
  • Pain or light bleeding with intercourse
  • Urinary frequency or urgency
  • Recurrent urinary tract infections

When to see a doctor

Vaginal dryness affects many women, although they frequently don't bring up the topic with their doctors. If vaginal dryness affects your lifestyle, in particular your sex life and relationship with your partner, consider making an appointment with your doctor. Living with uncomfortable vaginal dryness doesn't have to be part of getting older.

Dec. 21, 2012