Risk Factors & Triggers
Risk Factors of Vaginal Dryness
There are very few risk factors for developing vaginal dryness. In general, all women experiencing hormonal imbalance are just as likely to develop these symptoms. However, women with risk factors such as genetic factors, or who have gone through a hysterectomy, may be more likely to suffer from vaginal dryness.
Triggers of Vaginal Dryness
Vaginal dryness can be triggered by environmental factors and behavioral habits, such as the use of strong-scented soaps and douching, as well as other external triggers. Avoiding these environments or habits may help to avoid vaginal dryness and its associated symptoms.
Complications associated with Vaginal Atrophy
Vaginal Atrophy is usually not dangerous, however if left untreated it can increase the risk for other medical problems.
Women who have this condition have a higher probability of:
- Urinary problems. Studies have linked vaginal atrophy to an alteration to the urinary system leading to urinary troubles. You may experience urgency of urination, increased frequency of urination or a burning sensation while urinating if you have vaginal atrophy.
- Vaginal infections. Vaginal atrophy may lead to an alteration of acid balance of a vagina making such women with this condition more likely to acquire vaginal infection.
- Sexual Problems. Unfortunately, vaginal atrophy takes away one of the most physically, emotionally, and spiritually rewarding activities - your sex life. In fact, approximately 50%-60% of post-menopausal women have vaginal atrophy symptoms that negatively impact on sexual function and quality of life.
- Fertility Issues. Cervical mucus is important for maintaining a balanced pH level in the vagina, protecting the vagina from foreign bacteria, and helping sperm to reach the uterus. Therefore, when the vagina is not lubricated enough it increases the chances of catching a sexually transmitted disease, and decreases the chances of conception.