by Good Clean Love Staff October 26, 2017
Have you ever started a new birth control, and then noticed that things started feeling a little…off? Turns out, you aren’t the only one! More women are noticing vaginal dryness as a result of their birth control regimen. Don’t worry, though – there are plenty of things you can do to start feeling better.
Although vaginal dryness is most commonly associated with menopausal women (two-thirds of women over 60 list dryness as one of their top sexual health problems!), it can actually happen to women of all ages. Typical symptoms of dryness include: discomfort, itching or burning, and pain during sex. Some women experience day-to-day discomfort, while others only notice when they aren’t able to get wet before or during sex.
For some time, it seemed nobody was talking about the correlation between birth control and vaginal dryness – we were too busy talking about other symptoms, like weight gain and acne. But now, more and more physicians are recognizing the link between the two. As Lauren Streicher, M.D., shared in this article , “between three and five percent of women on low-dose birth control pills experience vaginal dryness.”
Why? In short: hormones. Specifically, estrogen. Estrogen helps keep the tissues of your vagina lubricated , and birth control pills may cause changes in estrogen levels that can lead feminine dryness. According to SELF magazine , “lowering the amount of estrogen circulating in your body will reduce blood flow to the tissue, resulting in dryness of either the vagina or vulva.” Yikes!
Fortunately, no. But several different methods can. Although the pill seems to be the biggest offender – specifically, combination pills like YAZ – other forms of hormonal birth control can lead to dryness as well.
Non-hormonal birth control methods, like the copper IUD or the mini pill, should not lead to vaginal dryness that the pill can sometimes cause.
If these symptoms sound familiar, you aren’t alone. The first step you should take when experiencing vaginal dryness is to consult your doctor. Your physician or healthcare provider can help determine the root cause. If it is a result of your birth control, they can help you find a non-hormonal birth control to replace your current method.
There are things you can do at home, too. Some women report success is treating vaginal dryness with natural remedies and dietary changes .
If you aren’t experiencing daily discomfort, but are having trouble getting wet in the bedroom, try slowing sex down and spending more time on foreplay.
And last but not least, try using a lubricant like our Bio Match™ Restore™ moisturizing vaginal gel. Because as we say here at Good Clean Love: wetter is better!
by Good Clean Love Staff March 19, 2019
The percentage of people impacted by infidelity is somewhere between 30 and 60% of all married couples, depending on the study cited. More interesting than the differences between men and women are the different patterns of infidelity for each gender. Cheating men are more likely than cheating women to have an affair with someone younger than their spouse. On the other hand, cheating women are more likely than cheating men to have an affair with someone better educated than their current spouse.
by Kaylee Dye February 08, 2019
What is daily care of the vagina? We know how to take daily care of our face – we cleanse it, we balance our pH with toner, we moisturize it. But what’s involved with taking care of our vagina? And why take care of it every day?
Let’s first address why you want to practice daily care of your lady business.
by Meghan Morgavan January 24, 2019
It can be devastating to feel pain when you were expecting to feel pleasure. And yet, if you have ever experienced this, you should know you are not alone. The landmark "Sex in America" survey conducted in 1994 found that 1 in 5 women experience pain during sex, and this likelihood increases to 1 in 3 women when they are post-menopausal.