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How do vaginal lubricants treat vaginal dryness?

Evelyn Minaya, MD
OBGYN (Obstetrics & Gynecology)

Vaginal dryness is a common, painful problem for many women. In this video, obstetrician and gynecologist Dr. Evelyn Minaya describes the best lubricants and how to use them.  

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
A variety of lubricants -- oil-, water-, and silicone-based -- effectively combat vaginal dryness. Talk to your gynecologist to see what brand she recommends. Saliva also works well as a lubricant and can enhance foreplay. 

This content originally appeared on doctoroz.com
Natural vaginal lubrication is made up of the clear liquid that seeps out of the blood vessels surrounding your vagina that swell when aroused. If applied during or before foreplay or sexual intercourse, vaginal lubricants can provide vaginal lubrication to make intercourse comfortable. Many lubricants contain ingredients such as menthol that increase sexual pleasure by creating a sensation of warmth or tingling on the skin. However, these products may irritate people with sensitive skin, so it is helpful to be aware of your personal reaction to certain ingredients. Water-based lubricants are widely available and popular, although silicone-based lubricants provide longer-lasting vaginal lubrication.

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