How to Cure Vulvar Dryness

How to Cure Vulvar Dryness


What is vulvar dryness?

Vulvar dryness: what solutions?

Among the minor intimate concerns of women, vulvar dryness is a daily worry. Why does it occur, and how to remedy it?

This post tells you everything you need to know.

What is vulvar dryness?

The vulva, the outer part of the female genitalia, is composed of the labia majora and minora and the clitoris. This mucous membrane is particularly fragile and can present an abnormal dryness at the origin of daily discomfort.

This is called vulvar dryness, which may or may not be associated with vaginal dryness.


Different symptoms manifest vulvar dryness:

    – itching;

    – pain at the time of sexual intercourse in particular;

    – the appearance of small cracks.

These inconveniences are often the cause of a decrease in libido for affected women and alter their quality of life.


Vulvar dryness can occur in different situations:

    – In the case of dry syndrome, the secretions of the body’s mucous membranes are not optimal. It leads to a series of symptoms: dry eyes, lack saliva, dryness of the bronchi or the skin… Vulvar dryness can also be observed. It is sometimes caused by the use of medication (contraceptive pills with low estrogen content, antidepressants, anti-allergy drugs, acne treatments, diuretics, etc.) or certain autoimmune diseases, such as Gougerot-Sjögren syndrome (antibodies attack the body’s glands).

    – In case of skin disease: lichen, eczema, psoriasis can affect different body areas, including the vulva.

    – Vulvodynia, the cause of which is unknown (often considered to be psychological in origin) and which results in unpleasant manifestations in the vulva.

    – During menopause: the scarcity of female sex hormones is then responsible for this dryness.

Vulvar dryness: what solutions?

How to Cure Vulvar Dryness

Good daily reflexes

In case of vulvar dryness, it is essential to adopt the right daily gestures:

    – Good hygiene: washing the vulva once a day, in the shower, is sufficient. It is not advisable to use soaps that will dry out the fragile mucous membranes. It would help if you opt for a mild washing solution or a simple wash with clear water, taking care to dry the area well (by patting rather than wiping too vigorously).

    – It is advisable to avoid contact with irritating products or products that can trigger allergic reactions (panty liners, perfumed toilet paper, etc.).

    – It is preferable to opt for cotton lingerie rather than synthetic material and avoid tight pants.

    – A moisturizing cream, specially formulated for the intimate area, can be applied once or twice a day.

Good to know: to avoid pain and irritation, using a lubricant during sexual intercourse is particularly indicated in case of vulvar dryness.

Treatment of vulvar dryness

If the dryness continues despite the adoption of these gestures, it is necessary to consult a gynecologist. Depending on the situation, she can prescribe:

    – a corticoid-based cream in case of eczema or psoriasis;

    – a cream based on female hormones for menopausal women;

    – imipramine antidepressants in case of vulvodynia.

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