Reduced estrogen levels are the main cause of vaginal dryness. Estrogen is a hormone that helps keep vaginal tissue healthy by maintaining normal vaginal lubrication, tissue elasticity and acidity. Other causes of vaginal dryness include certain medical conditions or hygiene practices.
Estrogen levels can fall for a number of reasons:
- Cigarette smoking
- Effects on your ovaries from cancer therapy
- Immune disorders
- Perimenopause (the transition time before menopause)
- Oophorectomy (ovary removal surgery)
- Use of anti-estrogen medication
Other causes of vaginal dryness include:
- Sjogren's syndrome
- Use of allergy and cold medications
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Causes shown here are commonly associated with this symptom. Work with your doctor or other health care professional for an accurate diagnosis.
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