October 20, 2017

Q & A: What Causes A Dry Vagina During Sex?

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What turns the fluid off?

What turns the fluid off?

Q: What causes the vagina to get dry during sex?

A: This is an important question and something that many people wonder about. Vaginal dryness can occur for a variety of reasons, including psychological, physical or for other reasons — such as menopause, breast feeding and as a side effect from certain medical treatments. However, the need for additional lubrication or experiencing slight vaginal dryness on occasion may be a result of not spending enough time engaging in arousing sex play, or beginning penetration too quickly without adequate stimulation.

Some ways to increase vaginal wetness can include using lubricant, exploring what pleases you sexually, engaging in extended arousing sex play and communicating your sexual needs to your partner.  Having sex that lasts a long time can also lead to vaginal dryness, as the vagina doesn’t keep lubricating over long periods of time.

Water Or Silicone For Lubrication

Fortunately, there are water and silicone-based lubricants for purchase over the counter and online. Water and silicone-based lubricant use has been associated with higher ratings of sexual pleasure and sexual satisfaction. Water-based lubricants are the most common lubricant because they are the least likely to irritate the skin and don’t break down latex or sex toys. Silicone-based lubricant, on the other hand, lasts longer but some people don’t like how slick or slippery it feels, or that it sometimes stains sheets or clothing.

Vibrator use by women has also been associated with greater sexual function, including sexual arousal. In general, taking time to explore your body to discover what arouses you, communicating your sexual needs with a partner and have fun while engaging in sex play are all key to enjoying your sexuality. If you find that vaginal dryness continues to be a problem – even after taking time to relax and engaging in highly arousing sex play – you might mention this to your healthcare provider.

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