Women’s health expert Sherry A. Ross told Glamour that when you don’t drink enough water, the vulva and the inside of the vagina are likely to be drier. She went on to note that failing to drink enough water can cause not only vaginal dryness (which makes sex tricky and painful), but also itchiness, burning, and pain down there. ‘The human body needs water or other fluids to function properly and to avoid dehydration,’ Dr. Vanessa Mackay, spokesperson for the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) told metro.co.uk.
‘While there are many health benefits of drinking water, there is no correlation between dehydration and vaginal dryness.’ Dr. Mackay went on to note that vaginal dryness is a common issue caused by all sorts of things, such as breastfeeding, childbirth, not being aroused before sex, contraception side-effects, and cancer treatment – so it’s important we don’t wells-plain it away by telling women to ‘just drink more water’ rather than tackling the root cause of the issue.
If you’re experiencing uncomfortable dryness, that’s an issue that you should bring up with a healthcare professional, rather than attempting to power through and fix it yourself with water and the power of positive thought. ‘There are several self-help treatments for vaginal dryness including lubricants and vaginal moisturisers,’ says Dr. Mackay. ‘If these aren’t effective, or if symptoms are severe, women should seek advice from a healthcare professional who may recommend vaginal oestrogen or hormone replacement therapy.’ (*Source: METRO Thursday 30 Mar 2017)
Look after your vagina. If it’s not looking after itself, talk to a professional instead of trying at-home remedies or spending money on fancy, unnecessary, and often damaging, products. It’s really that simple.