Our expert says:
The most likely cause of your vaginal dryness is an oestrogen deficiency, common during and after the menopause. A trip to a gynaecologist may be worthwhile to assess your oestrogen levels and to exclude a condition called atrophic vaginitis, caused by lack of oestrogen. Prior to the menopause the vagina is plump, bright red and moist. As oestrogen levels decline the lining of the vagina becomes thinner, less elastic and drier. Hormone replacement treatments for this are relatively straightforward, and can come in the form of tablets or local creams (or both). Your doctor would assess and advise on the advantages and disadvantages of these medications. Your gynaecologist can also check that you don’t have any other condition or are on any medication that could be contributing to this problem. (hypothyroidism or infections)
When you have initiated love-making you may want to commence slowly, starting with non-penetrative sex in order to get a sense of how much natural vaginal lubrication will be generated during arousal. This will also allow you to rediscover your body after the period of abstinence you have described. Having a good quality lubricant to hand could help alleviate problems of insufficient natural lubrication.
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