Well, turns out breastfeeding can also cause vaginal dryness due to the hormone shift after pregnancy. This may lead to symptoms such as a sensation of dryness, burning, itching, soreness and pain (whether you have sex or not), and these symptoms can occur both internally (in the vagina) and externally (on the vulva).
What helps vaginal dryness while breastfeeding?
What you can do
- Use a lubricant when you’re having sex. …
- Talk to your doctor about using an estrogen vaginal cream, like conjugated estrogens (Premarin) or estradiol (Estrace).
- Consider applying a vaginal moisturizer every few days.
- Drink water.
Is vaginal dryness normal while breastfeeding?
Childbirth and breastfeeding: The change in hormone levels after giving birth and while breastfeeding may cause vaginal dryness. Perimenopause and/or Menopause: Decreasing estrogen levels can affect your vagina and urinary tract during menopause. Over time, your vaginal lining can thin, become dry and less elastic.
Will vaginal dryness go away after breastfeeding?
Luckily, you’re not doomed to having a dry vagina for the rest of your life—Dr. Greves says it typically gets better once you stop nursing, if you’re breastfeeding, or with time. But that doesn’t mean you have to suffer through it in the meantime.
Why is it hard to get wet after having a baby?
After giving birth, your body’s hormone levels need to readjust to their pre-pregnancy state. This readjustment can reduce your sex drive and sexual response. For instance, women who breastfeed have lower estrogen levels, which can lead to vaginal dryness.
How do you know if you are dry nursing?
How do you know when it’s time to stop breastfeeding?
- They don’t seem interested in nursing.
- They are nursing for shorter amounts of time.
- They seem distracted when breastfeeding.
- Playing at the breast, pulling off, or biting.
- Sucking at the breast but not taking milk.
How can I increase my lubrication while breastfeeding?
The hormones of pregnancy and breastfeeding reduce normal vaginal lubrication. Use a water-soluble lubricant such as K-Y Jelly®. Do not use Vaseline®, baby oil or mineral oil.
Why am I so tight after having a baby?
The pelvic floor muscles elongate during pregnancy and they are stretched with birth. As a result, “the muscles usually tighten up in response,” after birth Mortifoglio says. Extended pushing, tearing, stitches, and/or an episiotomy only increase the tension, with additional inflammation and pressure to the area.
How do you get rid of dryness down there?
One of the best ways to reduce vaginal dryness is to use a vaginal moisturizer. These are special moisturizers that are designed specifically for this sensitive area of the body. Using a vaginal moisturizer every few days can help keep your vagina moist and relieve vaginal dryness symptoms.